Baseball Earns SCIAC Win No. 10
Kingsmen blank Beavers
PASADENA, Calif. – Cal Lutheran scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings, holding the Beavers to four hits in a 15-0 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) shutout road victory over Caltech today.
After opening spring break with three non-conference wins in the Tucson Invitational the Kingsmen returned to the diamond today to kick off the final weekend of break with a league series.
CLU took a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back as the lineup combined for 15 runs on 16 hits that included seven for extra bases.
Nick DeLorenzo led the attack with a trio of doubles, tallying four RBIs, including the RBI double that gave the Violet and Gold a double figure, 10-0, lead. The designated hitter was 3-for-4 on the day with one run scored. Jake Petersen, Nick Boggan, Mike Vinyard, Spencer DuBois and Garrett Smith each had two-hit days.
Petersen singled to start things in the first and stole second base. He came in to score on a Boggan triple and DeLorenzo followed with a double. Kevin Leonard singled in DeLorenzo in his only official at-bat of the game.
In the top of the second Smithconnected for one of his hits, a two-run homerun to right centerfield, plating DuBois.
The third inning saw 10 men step up to the plate. Leonard was hit by a pitch as the leadoff batter before Vinyard tripled, DuBois singled and Smith was also hit by a pitch. With one out, Trevor Koons lifted a sacrifice fly to center. Boggan and DeLorenzo followed with an RBI-single and RBI-double, respectively, as CLU tallied five runs in the frame.
The Kingsmen tacked on four more in the fourth, again batting around the order. With two outs, Smith started the spark with a single as the first of three consecutive hits. The final was from Nicho DellaValle to score Smith. Koons was hit by a pitch to load the bases and pinch hitter Davey Casciola drew a walk for an RBI to bring DeLorenzo back to the plate. His two-bagger plated a pair.
A scoreless fifth had the potential for runs as Vinyard and DuBois led off with back-to-back hits.
CLU would tack on one more run in the sixth. Atherton Kniseley led off with a pinch-hit triple and came in to score on a Casciola RBI.
In the seventh inning Tyler Churchman got his first collegiate at-bat and grounded out, but nearly legged out an infield hit.
On a day when the bullpen was busy, Petersen (4-1) got the win after starting and tossing 3.0 innings. He struck out three. Morgan Garcia-Grisham, Cory Messmore, Matt Shields and Aaron Roth each threw a hitless, scoreless inning for the Kingsmen. Roth struck out a pair and Messmore had one strikeout.
Cal Lutheran played errorless baseball with Koons leading the effort with a four putout, three assist day. Casciola had five putouts at first base and DuBois finished with four behind the plate.
Defensively, the Kingsmen turned two double-plays. After the Caltech number nine batter led off the third by barely beating out a slow roller to third that DellaValle barehanded, Blaine Matulevich collected his second hit of the game as the leadoff man. On the next batter, Petersen fielded a comebacker and spun to find Koons at second before firing over to Boggan at first. The southpaw then forced a popup to Koons who made an over the shoulder catch in shallow left to end the Beavers threat. The second double-play, from Koons, Smith and Boggan, came in the fourth.
Cal Lutheran (17-6-1, 10-3 SCIAC) and Caltech will conclude their three-game series tomorrow in Ullman Stadium on George “Sparky” Anderson Field with first pitch of the doubleheader slated for 11:00 a.m.