PASADENA, Calif. – The Southern Vermont College baseball fell 9-6 at California Institute of Technology Monday afternoon during the Mountaineers' second day of the California Invitational.
SVC tacked up a quick score to grab a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the hosting Beavers came back to go in front with a three-spot in the third. Southern Vermont had an answer in the next box with a pair of runs to tie it up, and the Mountaineers regained the upper hand in the sixth with three more.
The visitors' lead would be short-lived, however, with Caltech scoring four times in the home half of the sixth. The Beavers wouldn't trail the rest of the way as they gained some insurance with a lone run in both the seventh and eighth frames.
Southern Vermont (2-5) is next in action on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. (PDT) first pitch at Pomona-Pitzer.
SVC sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) continued to have a good trip in the Golden State as he went 2-5 with five runs batted in and a run scored—knocking out a three-run homer in the sixth for his first dinger of the year.
Freshman second baseman Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) was also 2-5 while knocking in a run, and junior left fielder Luigi Magliocca (Broadalbin, N.Y.) went 2-4 at the plate in addition to scoring once. Sophomore catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) was 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and he threw out a Beaver trying to steal on the defensive side of things.
Southern Vermont freshman lefty Tyler Graham (Amsterdam, N.Y.) took the loss (0-2) from the hill while striking out five through 5.0 innings with the start.
SVC wasted no time in jumping on the board as the visitors registered back-to-back hits with one out for a run. Freshman right fielder Nate Hickey (Bristol, Conn.) doubled down the line in left, and he then came around to score on the next at-bat when DuBois ripped one through the right side of the infield.
Graham retired eight of the first nine Caltech batters that he faced, but the hosts would strike with two outs in the third as a three-run homer put the Beavers in front. Southern Vermont immediately responded in the top of the fourth as the Mountaineers got some two-out action of their own; Magliocca loaded the bases with an infield hit, and Stacey came through with a single to right for the two lead runners to score and tie it at 3-3.
That score held up until the sixth when SVC went ahead on Stacey's next at-bat. Mason and Magliocca registered back-to-back singles with one out—causing Caltech to go to the bullpen. The Beaver reliever couldn't retire the Southern Vermont sophomore, however, as he connected and put the ball over the left field fence to give his team the upper hand with his fifth career home run.
The hosts wouldn't be behind for long as they chalked up four runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 7-6 edge. SVC loaded the bases with two down in the seventh but couldn't push any of those runners across, and Caltech then padded its cushion with a lone run in the bottom of the box. The Beavers added another solo run in the eighth before getting out of a second-and-third jam in the top of the ninth for the three-run victory.
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