PASADENA (Feb. 19, 2017) – Sophomore infielder Connor Moffatt (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) picked up five hits, walked four times, scored once and knocked one run in as the Caltech baseball team fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges three times this weekend in the Beavers' first taste of SCIAC action this season. He picked up a hit in each of Caltech's three games spread across Saturday and Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
Game 1: CMS 4, Caltech 3
Sophomore starter Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) and the Beavers fought tooth and nail with the Stags throughout the entirety of the Saturday game. Krop pitched four innings of no-hit baseball before surrendering a two-run shot to CMS outfielder Deji Andrew, marking the only hit Krop gave up while whiffing three batters in five innings of work. Junior Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Academy) moved over from the DH spot to relieve Krop and helped his own case in staking the Beavers to a two-run lead in the first inning, knocking in Moffatt on a double to left-center field before being driven in by freshman Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School). Caltech had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with two men in scoring position, but with two outs the umpire called a strikeout on a checked swing to end the game in heartbreaking fashion.
Game 2: CMS 5, Caltech 0
The Beavers failed to register any runs in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Senior right fielder Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills), who made a lay-out grab in right field the day before, stepped up at the plate to lead the Beavers with two hits in three at-bats to go with a walk. His first hit of the day came on a double through the left side in the top of the third inning, which ended up being Caltech's best opportunity to turn its hits into runs. However, a groundout left two of what would be a total of nine runners stranded. The highlight of the morning came from freshman Grant Messner (Lake Forest, Ill. / Lake Forest) in relief, as the rookie utilized his high-eighties fastball to rack up three strikouts in two innings.
Game 3: CMS 6, Caltech 3
Much like the first game of the weekend series, the Beavers hung tough with the Stags for the game's entirety. Starting second baseman Perry made his first career start for the Beavers (he previously appeared in a relief role against La Sierra University) and looked completely unfazed by the moment from the first pitch on. He started especially strong with three strikeouts in his first two innings of work and, through six innings, appeared poised to come away with Caltech's first quality start of the season, but ran into trouble in the seventh inning when he allowed three hits and a walk before leaving the game with one out to go in the inning and the bases loaded. Senior Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Academy), who pitched 3.1 clean innings last weekend against Providence Christian College relieved Perry. While he gave up just one hit on the day, it proved to be a costly one as CMS first baseman Nick DeGallier cracked a double into left-center field to clear the bases.
Trailing by five runs, Caltech came up to bat in the eighth inning determined to put some runs on the board. Perry, who remained in the game as the designated hitter, doubled down the right field line to score McCarren, and crossed home plate later in the inning when Jacobs sent him home with a single into centerfield. Still down three runs going in the ninth inning, the Beavers failed to recapture the offense displayed in the eighth inning and succumbed to the Stags once again. Perry's final pitching line included 6 2/3 innings of work, a hard-luck six earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will have a one-off with Bates College this Thursday before turning their attention to a three-game weekend series with the University of La Verne.