REDLANDS, Calif. (Apr. 10, 2016) – Senior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) and sophomore Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) recorded three hits apiece and drew three combined walks over the Caltech baseball team's series at the University of Redlands.
Caltech 6, Redlands 8 (8 inn.)
The Bulldogs threatened to score right at the outset of the series, loading the bases with just one out before a double play cut out the danger. Caltech would not be as fortunate in the bottom of the second inning when an error allowed two runs to score, followed by a pair of unearned runs on a double and sacrifice fly. Junior Jared Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) nearly responded immediately for the Beavers with a one-out double but was caught trying to steal third base.
Caltech did manage to light up the visitors' side of the score board in the top of the fourth inning and quickly got right back into the game. A leadoff single by McCarren and throwing error on a fielder's choice saw the Beavers put runners on first and third base with just one out. Junior Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Acad.) then smashed a double down the left field line to plate both and halve the deficit before scoring himself on a groundout.
Redlands stretched back out by three with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning, after which freshman Tucker Reese (Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville) impressively drew three consecutive infield pop-ups to end the inning. A pair of Caltech baserunners were caught stealing and picked off in the top of the fifth but the Beavers finally completed the rally with a three-run seventh inning to tie the game. After consecutive singles by freshman Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) and sophomore David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) to lead off the frame, Chou drew a walk to load the bases and chase the Bulldogs' starter, the 2015 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year, from the game. The reliever immediately struck out the first batter he faced, but the strikeout pitch was wild and Burleson scored to cut the margin to two runs. Junior Kai Kirk (San Jose, Calif. / Wesleyan Univ.) drew his second walk of the game to force another pitching change, which was to no avail as McCarren and sophomore Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) promptly walked as well to bring home a run apiece. Consecutive strikeouts would stop the rally there, however, and the Bulldogs manufactured the go-ahead and an insurance run before the game was called due to rain after eight innings.
Caltech 1, Redlands 13 (7 inn.)
After more than 24 hours of scheduling uncertainly due to continuous rain throughout the weekend, the Saturday doubleheader was pushed back to Sunday and moved out to Redlands, where the forecast was considerably better. Caltech struggled in the first game, with Reese and Chou mustering the Beavers' only two hits against the 2015 SCIAC Pitcher of the Year while the Bulldogs posted explosive five- and six-run second and fifth innings en route to run-ruling the game after eight. The Beavers pushed across one run in the fifth inning on back-to-back groundouts following an error, while Kirk lasted six innings, having given up just four earned runs.
Caltech 2, Redlands 10
The Beavers kept the series finale much closer, bouncing back after a five-run Bulldogs second inning to plate two in the bottom of the third. Chou reached via a leadoff bunt and came around to score on a single by Reese after a Kirk single. Kirk then scored on a bases-loaded single up the middle by Burleson.
A pitchers' duel ensued through the next two innings, with just one unearned Bulldogs run crossing home on a groundout. Caltech almost broke through again in the bottom of the fifth, but with men on first and second with just one out, yet another untimely double play ended the frame. Redlands pushed across another small-ball run in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a sacrifice bunt.
Caltech was unable to get another runner into scoring position while Redlands tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning before freshman Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) took the mound and held the hosts to just two hits over two scoreless frames while allowing a single inherited base runner to score, striking out one and walking none.
Over the series, McCarren batted 3-for-8 with two walks, one run and one RBI while Chou (3-for-9) and Reese (2-for-6) each hit .333 with a walk and a run scored. Chou added two RBI while Reese drove in one run.
Head Coach Matt Mark and the Beavers host Whittier College (9-20, 6-12) on Friday, Apr. 15 at 3 p.m.