PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 15, 2018) – Senior Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Academy) hit his first home run of the season and nearly pitched his team to victory against visiting Ithaca College on Thursday afternoon.
Levine went yard in the second inning, taking a Bombers pitch deep down the left field line that managed to just stay inside the foul pole. The solo shot broke a then-scoreless tie in a game that featured a little bit of everything. Sophomore pitcher Grant Messner (Lake Forest, Ill. / Lake Forest) took the mound for Caltech and had a no-hitter cooking through five innings and perfect game going through four. The sophomore struck out four of five batters between the second and third innings and finished the game having allowed a meager three hits to go along with seven punchouts over seven innings. The senior Levine, who started in the designated hitter spot, relieved Messner in the bottom of the eighth and pitched four innings of one-hit ball to go with three strikeouts.
Following a Bombers comeback in the middle innings, the Beavers mounted a rally of their own in the bottom of the eighth to ultimately push the game to extra innings. Freshman left fielder Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) utlilized a bases-loaded situation to bring senior shortstop Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) home on what served as a sacrifice grounder before a passed ball brought sophomore second baseman Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) home for his second run of the game. Watson finished the day with two of his team's three RBI's to bring his team-leading total to nine on the season. Perry, meanwhile helped his cause along the basepaths with two stolen bases, bringing his season total to five.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will return to North Field on Friday, Mar. 16 to first face Vassar College at 10 a.m. before hosting Endicott College later in the day.