Bats Stay Hot, Arms Solid in CMS Sweep
Koons sets school career doubles record
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – No. 9 Cal Lutheran completed a weekend sweep of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with two wins on the diamond today to stretch their streak to eight. In game one, CLU defeated CMS 7-2 before the Kingsmen followed up with a 14-3, seven inning, defeat of the Stags in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) baseball at Ullman Stadium today.
Trevor Koons drove in three runs on two hits in the first game. Both were doubles, which earned him a new Cal Lutheran career record with 49.
CLU pounded out 13 hits in the opener, scoring seven times and holding the Stags to a pair of runs on nine hits. The Kingsmen played errorless baseball in the field behind a 6.2 inning performance from Tyler Hebda (5-2) before Aaron Roth came in for his sixth save of the spring, throwing the final 2.1. The duo combined for nine CMS strikeouts.
In game two, CLU forced a shortened game, winning by a 14-3 margin on 14 hits and three CMS errors. Scott Peters (5-0) stayed perfect on the season while Mike Vinyard was 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI and Nicho DellaValle was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run. Peters did not allow an earned run and struck out seven.
The day began with a 7-2 victory. In the bottom of the third, CLU broke up a scoreless game with a run on back-to-back two-out hits for a 1-0 lead. DellaVallelined the first of his three hits into center and Koonsused an RBI double to not only drive in the first run of the game, but also to tie the CLU career doubles record.
The Kingsmen added three to the tally in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer DuBois bunted for a single to start things before a wild pitch moved the CLU catcher up to second. Smith was hit by a pitch and Jake Petersen followed with a single to right field, loading the bases. Koons drove in two, including the winning run, before Nick Boggan singled in Petersen for the final run of the frame.
A run in the bottom of the seventh increased the lead to 5-2. DellaValle beat out an infield single deep in the hole at short and DeLorenzo lifted a fly ball that got lost in the sun in left field for an RBI single.
CLU would plate another pair in the eighth with an RBI single by Smith, scoring Vinyard. Smith moved up to third on a CMS error in the outfield before coming in to score on a wild pitch for the final run of the game.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps started both the first and second innings with hits, but CLU escaped unscathed. The Stags nearly had something going in the second when Samuel O’Braitis squared up a ball and took it up the middle, but Hebdagot his foot in the path of the ball to knock it down and get the out at first for the second of the inning before ending the threat on a ground ball to Smith at second base. Jack Witte led off the sixth with a solo homerun to right field. The Stags second run came in the seventh when a bloop single over shortstop plated the second and final CMS run of the game on the first pitch Roth threw.
The final game of the series saw Cal Lutheran score 10 unanswered runs before the Stags broke through with an unearned run in the sixth. CLU went on to win 14-3 by batting around the order twice, in the second and sixth.
CLU produced a six-hit, five run bottom of the second in game two and never looked back. Five men collected hits in the inning. Smith connected for a two-RBI triple after Mike Vinyard doubled with one out. Both Petersen and Koons had RBI singles in the inning as well.
They lead increased to 8-0 in the third on a two-out, bases-clearing triple by DellaValle. The Kingsmen tacked on two more in the fifth with both Vinyard and DuBois scoring. CLU loaded the bases in the sixth on a Boggan leadoff triple and two walks before Vinyard lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Boggan for the 10-run lead they needed to shorten the game. After DuBois was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Smith drew an RBI walk and Petersen followed with a two-RBI single to left as insurance runs.
Peters threw a perfect game through 4.1 before a single by Ray Hurwitz broke it up. The Stags then squandered the shutout effort by CLU with an unearned run in the sixth, on the only fielding miscue by the Kingsmen all day. Peters went 6.0 innings, scattering two hits with seven strike outs. The Stags scored twice off Morgan Garcia-Grisham, who took over on the hill in the seventh. Sam Katz had an RBI single and William Knowles recorded a sac fly.
Overall today DellaValle was 6-for-9 and Petersen was 5-for-9. Each recorded four RBIs and scored three times. DuBois was 2-for-3 with two sacrifice bunts, while being hit twice and drawing a walk and Vinyard was 3-for-6 with a stolen base. Both players scored four times for the Violet and Gold.
In the field, DuBois recorded 16 putouts with a pair of assists, which included throwing out a would-be base stealer. Boggan had 18 putouts with an assist. Vinyard had six putouts and Smith had five assists.
The pitchers combined for 16 Ks, holding CMS to a .212 batting average on the day, posting a 2.25 ERA.
Cal Lutheran (22-6-1, 15-3 SCIAC) is back at George “Sparky” Anderson Field on Friday, April 12 when the Kingsmen host Whittier for the first of a three-game series on the weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.