From staff reports
Playing Caltech is always an easy competition for La Verne’s baseball team, as they proved when the Leopards swept the weekend series against the Beavers by a combined score of 54-5.
The dominating three-game series helped move the Leopards into second place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, right behind the defending champions, Pomona-Pitzer.
La Verne currently holds an 8-3 record in conference play and will face the Sagehens in their last series of the season.
Friday’s game brought the Leopards a 29-3 win at home and gave many of the players on the team an opportunity to play.
“This is always an interesting series,” Jackson Mehl, senior shortstop, said.
“You know you are going to beat them three times. The starters were put out there to get a good start and get some leads so the new guys got a chance to play,” Mehl said.
La Verne took an early lead, scoring 12 runs in the first inning.
Throughout the game several players were hit by pitches from the Caltech pitcher and had many additional opportunities to steal due to wild pitching.
During the top of the fourth Caltech managed to score three runs and put some numbers up on the board for themselves.
Although La Verne’s offense slowed down a bit in Saturday’s doubleheader in Pasadena, it was all relative.
The first game was won 11-1 while the second game saw the Leopards come out on top with a score of 14-1.
This series helped out a lot of the new,, younger players get an opportunity to play and gain on-field experience.
“A lot of guys get to play that don’t usually get to play, so its fun,” Erik Beckman, senior infielder, said.
La Verne will face Chapman over the weekend.
Friday’s game will be at home, starting at 3 p.m. on Ben Hines Field.
The Leopards will hit the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. start in Orange.
-Jen McElroy contributed to this story.