PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2015) – Junior Dylan Schultz reached base in all four plate appearances, including a pair of doubles, in game one of the Caltech baseball team's doubleheader against Providence Christian College on Saturday.
Late rallies in both games fell short for Caltech as the Beavers dip to 2-18 overall, while the Sea Beggars improve to 11-4.
Game 1: Caltech 2, Providence Christian 7
The Sea Beggars picked up two runs to open the day, but the Beavers came up just short trying to answer in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with two outs before a punch-out ended the inning. Schultz led off the second inning with a double off the deep left field wall, but the Beavers could not bring him home. Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.), meanwhile, locked in on the mound, facing the minimum six hitters over the second and third inning and giving up just an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Schultz smacked another double down the left field line and junior Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills) joined him on the base paths with just one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Caltech still could not muster a run. The Sea Beggars tacked on another score in the fifth before Caltech finally got on the board. Freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) led off with a bunt single and after being joined by freshman David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo. / Windsor) via walk, the pair advanced to second and third base on a sacrifice bunt with just one out. Senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) then hit a sharp grounder to third base to bring McCarren home.
Providence Christian scored three more insurance runs in the sixth inning to lead 7-1. Caltech attempted to put together a rally in the final two innings, loading the bases with no outs in the sixth and pushing one run across in the seventh.
Schultz was 3-for-3 at the plate with one walk and an RBI, while Watson went 2-for-3 with a walk and run. Levine struck out three while allowing four earned runs over six innings of work and sophomore John Galden (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep) whiffed two in a clean inning of relief.
Game 2: Caltech 4, Providence Christian
With senior Derek Kearney (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) on the mound for the nightcap, the Caltech offense stepped up to stake him to an immediate lead in the first inning. Junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) led off with a single down the right field line and promptly stole second. Watson then singled to put runners on the corners and Chou came home to score on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. The Beavers soon loaded the bases, still with just one out, but Providence Christian's sidearm relief pitcher got the Sea Beggars out of the inning before any more damage could be done.
The visitors took advantage in the next frame, scoring three to go ahead while Caltech struggled to get anything else going at the plate. After another Providence Christian run scored in the fourth, the Beavers put together the makings of another rally attempt. Once again, Schultz kicked things off with a one-out walk and scored on a throwing error on a single by senior Oliver Curtiss (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Acad.). Jacobs, representing the tying run, walked in the next at-bat and moved into scoring position alongside Curtiss on a passed ball. Another passed ball allowed Curtiss to score, bringing Caltech within one at 4-3. The Beavers got the tying run when sophomore Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) broke for second base and the throw went into centerfield, allowing Jacobs to come around. The achievement would be short-lived, however, as the Sea Beggars came up with two final runs in the top of the seventh inning to sweep the series.
Kearney struck out four while surrendering four earned runs over the complete seven-inning game.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will prepare to host cross-country rival MIT (1-1) on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 11:00 a.m.