Koons, Boggan Break Records, Kingsmen Sweep on Senior Day
CLU wins 6-5 in 10 innings over Chapman, 9-0 against Caltech
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – On a day Trevor Koons became CLU’s career hits leader and Nick Boggan broke the single season record for RBIs, Cal Lutheran benefited from an error in extra innings to defeat Chapman 6-5 in 10 innings. Later in the day, the Kingsmen clinched their first regular season Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship in 12 years as they defeated Caltech 9-0 Saturday afternoon at Ullman Stadium.
Needing every win to solidify its No. 2 ranking in the west region, Cal Lutheran fell behind early in game one. Chapman got on top in the first inning thanks to three seeing-eye singles and two bases-loaded walks. Connor Battagalia drove in the first run of the game when he singled just past the grasp of CLU second baseman Garrett Smith, allowing Eddie Aguayo to score. Taber Watson followed with an RBI single into left-center, plating Mark Saatzer. CLU then walked Tyler Surnbock to load the bases before David Basen laid off a 3-2 fast ball and earned the walk, scoring Battagalia and putting Chapman up 3-0. Kingsmen starting pitcher Scott Peters would avoid any further damage after getting a strikeout to end the inning.
The Kingsmen got a run back in the bottom of the first when Jake Petersen led off the game with a single through the right-side and eventually came home on an RBI-single from Boggan.
Boggan then broke the CLU single season record for RBIs when he drove in his 60th run of the year in the bottom of the third, scoring Petersen and cutting the Panther lead to 4-2.
Aaron Roth, who came on in relief in the bottom of the third, gave CLU the momentum in the top of the fourth with a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Smith continued to chip away at the Panther lead when he lifted a sacrifice fly, plating Ramsey Abushala pulling the Kingsmen to within one at 4-3.
Fittingly, Koons, who already holds the career record for doubles at CLU, became the all-time hits leader with his double off the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth. Boggan followed that with his third RBI of the game when he laced a single back up the middle and knotted the game at four.
Roth cruised through the middle innings, at one point retiring nine straight. The junior ran into some trouble in the top of the seventh when he allowed two singles to start the inning. After Watson sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Roth buckled down and got a groundout and a strikeout to end the scoring threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Spencer DuBois reached with after being hit by a pitch and then Smith roped a double into the right field gap, scoring DuBois and giving CLU the go-ahead run. The run came off Watson, who held CLU scoreless and struck out eight back on March 2 when the Panthers defeated CLU 9-6.
Chapman would waste little time tying things back up however when Watson helped himself with an RBI double into the right centerfield gap, knotting the score at 5-5. The run also snapped Roth’s scoreless consecutive innings streak at 46.1.
With one out in the tenth, Cal Lutheran got the winning-run on base when Vinyard knocked his second base-hit of the game through the left-side. DuBois followed a single of his own, bringing Smith to the plate. Smith battled a 2-2 count before hitting a hot-shot to the Chapman second baseman who was unable to come up with the ball, allowing Vinyard to race around third and into home, giving CLU the walk-off win.
Roth (5-1) earned the win after pitching a career-high 7.1 innings. Primarily used a closer, Roth struck out eight and allowed just one run.
Boggan, DuBois, Koons, and Petersen all had two hits to lead CLU with Boggan collecting three RBIs while Smith drove in two.
Matt Molar (1-2) suffered the loss after giving up two hits and one unearned run.
Battagalia led Chapman at the plate with three hits and two RBIs.
Game two saw Cal Lutheran get out a run in the bottom of the first inning when John Leal ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Petersen.
Morgan Garcia-Grisham got the start on the mound for CLU, pitching the first three innings while not allowing a run.
The Kingsmen got four more runs in the bottom of the third thanks to RBI base-hits from Boggan, Koons and Vinyard as they pushed their lead to 5-0.
The following inning, Smith scored on a passed ball and Boggan drove in his 63rd run of the year in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Leal from second base.
Cal Lutheran made a number of substitutions prior to the fifth inning with a number of younger players seeing playing time. In the top of the fifth, Atherton Kniseley, Zach Cope and Davey Casciola combined for a slick 5-4-3 double play to end a Caltech scoring chance.
Tyler Churchman had an RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh and Craig Jacobsen, who earlier doubled, came home on a Kniseley sac fly in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring.
Garcia-Grisham (1-0) earned the first win of his collegiate career while Mitchell Shields, Cory Messmore, Matt Johnston, Cameron Adams, Matt Burden and Brady Mickelson combined to shut the Beavers out over the final six innings.
Leal was 3-for-4 with a double and three stolen bases while Petersen was 2-for-3. Petersen also scored four runs on the day which gives him 54 for the season and he is now just six away from breaking the CLU single season record.
Seniors Kevin Leonard and Ronnie Burton, playing in their final regular season game at Ullman Stadium, both earned the start in game two.
Jerome Skelly (0-8) took the complete-game loss allowing nine runs on 14 hits.
Briann Penserini, Skelly, and Albie Lavin all had two hits for the Beavers.
Cal Lutheran (31-7-1 24-4 SCIAC), who clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Inaugural SCIAC Baseball Tournament, will await the rest of the seeding after the regular season is completed on Tuesday. Friday, May 3, CLU will host the No. 4 team, who is yet to be determined. Game time is tentatively 3:00 p.m.