PASADENA (May 11, 2017) – Caltech baseball head coach Matthew Mark has been named the SCIAC Coach of the Year.
Mark led the Beavers to their first win in SCIAC play since 1988 with a walk-off 4-3 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Mar. 31. His squad then notched a second conference win just two weeks later by a score of 13-12 at Whittier College on Apr. 15. In Mark's first season at Caltech, the Beavers won their first game in 10 years and have since increased their win percentage each year of his tenure, culminating in this year's eight-win season. His 2017 team set high-water marks in runs, hits, ERA and fielding percentage over his tenure while drawing significantly closer to the rest of the conference in multiple team statistics.
A number of individuals turned in historic performances to key the team's success this spring. Sophomore Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) broke the long-standing program single-season hits record with 46 base knocks while classmate Connor Moffatt (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) tied the single-season doubles mark (10) and senior Kai Kirk (San Jose, Calif. / Wesleyan Univ.) recorded the second-lowest ERA in a single season (5.72) while throwing the most innings in a season (85).