Photo by Nhi Casey
ORANGE, Calif. (Mar. 7, 2015) – The Caltech baseball team shocked Chapman University by taking an 8-0 lead over the first four innings in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, but the host Panthers rallied to win both.
Chapman improves to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the SCIAC while Caltech is now 0-18 (0-12).
Game 1: Caltech 0, Chapman 14 (7 inn.)
Junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) led off the doubleheader with a single right up the middle and advanced to second on a groundout, but the Beavers could not get him home. Chapman was more fortunate in the bottom of the frame, scoring two to take the lead. Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) also singled his way aboard and advanced to second with one out, but again could not be brought home. The Panthers continued to tack on runs, plating 11 while the Beavers were retired in order over the next three frames, and added one more in the sixth to lead 14-0. Sophomore Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Acad.) attempted to kickstart a rally in the top of the seventh with a leadoff single and became the third Beaver to move into scoring position with just one out, but he too would be stranded.
Chou led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 line at the dish,
Game 2: Caltech 8, Chapman 19 (8 inn.)
The Beavers absolutely shocked the Panthers as the nightcap got underway, scoring three in the first inning. Chou again led off the game with a single and was immediately joined on the base paths by freshmen Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) and David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo. / Windsor) with no outs. Menninger then smacked a double to bring in two and senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) followed with an RBI single. After an error loaded the bases again, Chapman got out of trouble with a strikeout and fielder's choice to get the runner at home.
Caltech was far from finished, as Menninger plated McCarren on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and sophomore Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills) scored on an error in the third. Three more Beavers crossed the plate in the fourth inning as Caltech again loaded the bases with no outs and each scored via a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and error on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
Levine limited the hosts to just one walk and single over a phenomenal first four innings, but the Panther bats broke out in the fifth to halve the deficit at 8-4 and took the lead with seven runs in the sixth. A leadoff Menninger single in the sixth went for naught and Chapman tacked on two more runs in the seventh and six in the eighth to end the game early.
Watson led Caltech at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs, while Casey was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, run and RBI and Menninger went 2-for-3 with one run and three RBI.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will welcome Drew University (0-1) all the way from New Jersey for a doubleheader on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 12:00 p.m.