PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 11, 2018) – Prime showings from starting pitchers Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) and Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) lifted Caltech baseball to its third win of the season in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with Dickinson College. While the host Beavers managed to split the series with the Red Devils, both performances equally impressed for different reasons.
Game 1: Dickinson 1, Caltech 0
Krop took the hill for the first game of Sunday's double dose of baseball. The junior has seemingly looked more comfortable on the mound with each passing game in 2018 and Sunday was no exception. He pitched all seven innings and issued his lowest amount of free passes (four) since the Beavers' first game of the season, a victory against Providence Christian College. The Red Devils struggled with Krop's swing-and-miss stuff, as the lefty rang the visitors up for six punchouts - just under one per inning - while giving up a mere three hits.
The home team matched its visitors from Carlisle, Pa. with three hits over the quick contest and had perhaps its greatest amount of success in the third inning. Freshman catcher Ari Rosner (Edgewater, Md. / Georgetown Day) took a walk, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch before advancing to third base on an infield single by freshman left fielder Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor). With runners on first and third, the Beavers unfortunately ran out of time to do any lasting damage to their opponents.
Game 2: Caltech 2, Dickinson 1
Caltech gained a measure of revenge in the second game when Perry made his first home start of the season. He too had a masterful outing where he struck out six Red Devils over seven innings and did so without issuing a single base on balls. The sophomore righty threw his fastball with such efficiency that the visitors had little to offer as far as generating run-scoring opportunities were concerned. Perry, who also hit leadoff, pitched well enough to earn his first winning decision on the young season and lift his team to a win on Head Coach Matthew Mark's birthday.
The Beavers once again matched the Red Devils hit-for-hit at the dish. Five different Beavers connected on hits, though it was Rosner who had the home team's only extra-base knock of the game, a double into left center field. Watson, along with junior center fielder Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro), picked up the Beavers' two RBI, both of which came in the very first inning. Watson scored the pitcher Perry on a single into center field before Burleson connected on a safety squeeze to the right side to score senior shortstop Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) from third base. Burleson later came up with two stolen bases to add to his team-leading total, while senior first baseman David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) capitalized on an advantageous scenario to earn himself the first steal of his four-year career. Prior to this year, Watson had not attempted a steal since his freshman year with the team.
Mark and the Beavers will return to North Field on Thursday, Mar. 15 when they host Ithaca College at noon.