PASADENA, Calif. – A six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth sank the Castleton University baseball team as it fell to the California Institute of Technology – 7-3 – at North Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Castleton falls to 1-4 overall with the loss, while CalTech improves to 3-4.
Scoring two runs and securing a 3-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth, Castleton was able to break through in an otherwise quiet contest.
Following two quick outs to begin the inning, Davis Mikell singled through the right side to keep the line moving. After entering as a defensive replacement in an earlier frame, Alex Borsari proved to be clutch with Mikell on first. The junior infielder knocked the offering through the hole between second and short to make it first and second with two gone.
Out of the cleanup spot, Dillon Benham turned in a gritty at-bat, fighting off several pitches before slapping a grounder up the middle. Both Mikell and Borsari – each advanced on a passed ball, earlier in the plate appearance – scored on the base knock.
Earlier in the contest – trailing 1-0 in the sixth – Mikell smashed the offering to deep center, well over the retreating fielder's head. Poland, on second after being plunked and stealing a base, motored around third in plenty of time to score.
Max Olmsted turned in a strong performance in his first career start. Tossing five innings, he allowed just two hits and one earned run, while surrendering one walk and recording four strikeouts.
In relief, Jacob Nadeau was just as impressive over his two frames. Using a healthy mix of fastballs and breaking balls, the senior hurler induced three swing-and-miss strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
Baseball returns to action at 3 p.m. PDT on Wednesday as it concludes its California trip with a single contest at nationally-ranked Chapman University.
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