CHICAGO (Apr. 29, 2018) – The Caltech Baseball team ended the 2018 season on the road at the University of Chicago where the Beavers made an especially big push to win their fifth game in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Saturday Game 1: U of Chicago 7, Caltech 4
The Beavers came together for a three-run sixth inning to force the home team into a save situation. Junior Connor Moffatt (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington), Caltech's best offensive player in the series opened the inning with a double into center field before freshman outfielder Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) matched Moffatt for a double of his own into the outfield to bring the first run across. Junior catcher Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) then scored Watson on a sacrifice fly before senior first baseman David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) reached singled and snagged an extra base on a misplayed ball. Watson eventually came around for the Beavers' third run thanks to a base knock from freshman Dillon Holder (New York, NY / Horace Mann). Both of Saturday's games spanned seven innings, however and with the visiting team peaking late one has to wonder how a full nine-inning game would have played out.
Four different players logged at least two hits as Caltech outhit Chicago, 11-7. Junior Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) held the mound for his final start of the season and went six innings with six punch outs. The junior successfully dropped his ERA for a third year in a row to lead the team's crop of starters and upped his strikeouts per nine by nearly two whiffs per game.
Saturday Game 2: U of Chicago 15, Caltech 1
Caltech's lone run came in the fourth inning when Mitchell Watson brought senior shortstop Chris McCarren home from third base. McCarren, along with sophomore Cortland Perry accrued the Beavers' only two hits of the game.
Sunday: U of Chicago 11, Caltech 3
The Caltech offense had a much better go of it in Sunday's game, picking up three hits as a team over the only nine-inning game of the series. Connor Moffatt found his form from the earlier game on Saturday and cracked a double down the left field line in the fifth inning to score infielders Dillon Holder and Cortland Perry. Thanks to his RBI double, Moffatt will go down as the team leader in RBI's this season.
Perry, meanwhile took the moud for Caltech and between the pitcher's mound and batter's box had the best all-around game of any Beaver. He led the team with two hits and even stole his seventh base of the season. On the mound, he struck out four batters and pitched all eight innings. The Beavers' other extra-base hit came from Chris McCarren, who doubled to right field in the final at-bat of his Caltech carreer.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will lose three seniors but return all of ther starting pitchers and outfielders for 2019.