LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2019) – Freshman starting pitcher Ryan Ruscansky (Annandale, N.J. / North Hunterdon) of the Caltech baseball team has been named SCIAC Pitcher of the Week for his performance in the Beavers' historic victory over 10th-ranked California Lutheran University in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Ruscansky is baseball's first recipient of weekly SCIAC recognition since Kai Kirk back in 2017.
The rookie right-hander dazzled with 6.1 scoreless innings for a quality start and utilized his control to hold the home team to just five baserunners over that span. Ruscansky, who pitched well enough to earn his first career victory in a Caltech uniform, also whiffed six batters for a career-high single-game strikeout rate and his ability to locate the strike zone gave the offense enough breathing room to make the most of its opportunities later in the contest.
The Beavers' big win is the baseball team's biggest over a nationally-ranked foe and its first over the Kingsmen since 1963. Additionally, Cal Lutheran came into Saturday's game less than two years removed from winning the Division III National Championship in 2017 and as the SCIAC's top-ranked team one-third of the way through this year's conference schedule.
Ruscansky and the Beavers will begin their next SCIAC series on Friday, Apr. 5 at 3 p.m. when they host the University of Redlands for the first of a three-game weekend series.