LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (May 9, 2019) – The Caltech baseball team has produced multiple All-SCIAC players for the first time in program history, with junior Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) and freshman Max Popken (Westport, Conn. / Staples) each being named to Second Team All-SCIAC on Thursday morning.
Hitting leadoff for nearly the entire season, shortstop Perry finished second on the team with a .282 batting average and led Caltech with 12 walks. His 15 doubles are a single-season program record and positioned him second among all conference hitters. Perry also operated as a high-leverage righty out of the Beavers' bullpen, pitching in key situations en route to leading the team with three saves in the midst of its winningest conference season in nearly 60 years.
Similarly, Popken switched between roles at second base and out of the bullpen, but accomplished his best work in the batter's box. The rookie served as an impact bat, leading the team with a .324/.372/.450 triple slash line, the best ever for a Caltech freshman. His 17% K-rate was also the lowest on the team and his .975 fielding percentage trended towards the top of the SCIAC for everyday second basemen. Additionally, Popken performed best when it mattered most, as he accrued a .521 average and half of his total RBI's in each of the Beavers' five SCIAC wins this year.