EAGLE ROCK, Calif. (Mar. 4, 2018) – Freshman infielder Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) hit his second and third home run of 2018 in the second and third game of Caltech baseball's weekend series with Occidental College. The power surge puts Watson on pace for nine home runs in his rookie year.
Saturday Game 1: Occidental 6, Caltech 1
Junior Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) took the mound for the Beavers in the first game of the weekend series, which saw the would-be first game to played at Oxy moved from Friday to Sunday due to rain. The abnormally cold and rainy conditions continued on Saturday, but Krop pitched unfased. Twirling a nine-inning complete game, the junior struck out eight Tigers and held the visitors to just two runs over the game's first five innings in what was his best start since opening day against Providence Christian College. Caltech's lone run came in the bottom ninth when a dropped ball behind the Tigers' second baseman allowed senior David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) to reach base and for brother Mitchell Watson to score from the keystone. The younger Watson, along with sophomore Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) each delievered two hits to account for the Beavers' total number for the game.
Saturday Game 2: Occidental 15, Caltech 3
Mitchell Watson's first home run of the series came in the very first inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The freshman hit a powerful line drive down the left field line that looked to be going out of play before the Tigers' left-fielder played the ball, rendering the play alive and allowing Watson to turn a would-be triple into his second home run of the season and the first inside-the-park round tripper of his career. The Beavers' final two runs of the game came in the bottom sixth when Watson, continuing his strong series doubled into left center field, allowing senior shortstop Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) to score before another double into the outfield by catcher Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) brought Watson all the way around.
Sunday: Occidental 12, Caltech 2
Sunday's game provided fans with a defensive struggle for the bulk of the action. Sophomore Cortland Perry made his start of the year, pitching and batting lead off for the visiting Beavers. The sophomore had a quality start working through six innings and ended the game with a career-high nine punchouts, which kept his team within close quarters throughout. Mitchell Watson's second home run of the series came in the fifth inning, another solo shot to bring his team within one run. Watson finished the series 5-for-11 at the dish with two home runs and three RBI's. He is one of three Beavers with a team-leading six RBI's on the season. Prior to Watson's dinger, a Chris McCarren single into left center brought freshman catcher Ari Rosner (Edgewater, Md. / Georgetown Day) home to score his first run of the season in the first start of his career.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will have a full week off before hosting the Dickinson College Red Devils on Sunday, Mar. 11.