PASADENA (Feb. 17. 2018) – The Caltech baseball team met up with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges this weekend for the first SCIAC series of the year for both teams. A solid weekend performance from sophomore Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) both on the mound and in the batter's box nearly netted the Beavers a victory in the series' second game.
Friday: CMS 11, Caltech 5
Caltech opened the series' first game at CMS with a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning. Junior catcher Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) hit Perry home on a single up the middle in the first inning before Perry came all the way around from first base on a throwing error by the opposing pitcher in the top of the third. The Stags caught up to the Beavers in the middle innings but pitcher Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) still came away with seven strikeouts in five innings. Perry, meanwhile had a patient outing at the plate, walking twice and picking up a defacto RBI on his second walk. The game also saw senior David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) make his 2018 pitching debut after not throwing last year.
Saturday Game 1: CMS 4, Caltech 3
Sophomore pitcher Grant Messner (Lake Forest, Ill. / Lake Forest) toted the mound for Caltech, looking for his second consecutive win and the Beavers' first in SCIAC play. He allowed just two hits in five innings and struck out two Stags before Perry relieved him in the sixth inning. Perry struck out two batters of his own and did not allow another visiting run to cross the plate over four effective innings. The Beavers staked Messner to a lead thanks to three runs between the second and third innings. Two runs came across in the second inning when Perry tripled down the right field line to score sophomore outfielders Alex Corado (San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch) and Minjae Kim (Busan, South Korea / West Vancouver Secondary School). The following inning saw senior third baseman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Academy) knock in Burleson with a single in the right field. Seven different Beavers recorded hits over the course of the nine inning affair, but Corado led the hosts with a 2-for-3 outing. Burleson also got a chance to showcase his improved speed with a third-inning steal.
Saturday Game 2: CMS 12, Caltech 3
Perry once again found himself at the center of the Caltech offensive effort, this time achieving a perfect game at the plate. The sophomore went 4-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Three of his hits went for singles, but a double down the left field line in the 6th inning scored senior Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day). He also picked up his first stolen base of the season. Levine had the Beavers' other multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 at the dish with one RBI. Junior infielder Connor Moffatt (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) picked up the Beavers' third RBI, drawing a rare start at shortstop. Also of note, freshman Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) recorded one hit in each game to improve his hitting streak to six games on the season. Fellow freshman, outfielder Dominic Catanzaro (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) entered the game in the bottom of the ninth as a pinch runner and went on to steal second base.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will turn their attention to the University of La Verne at home on Friday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.