by Vince Zavala
Caltech tried, but effort only goes so far.
The University of La Verne baseball team was far too talented for the Beavers to contain. The Leopards swept Caltech in last weekend’s series to bring their record to 12-3 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
La Verne killed the Beavers 21-3 on Friday and dominated Saturday’s double-header, 23-7 and 16-1. The Leopards scored 60 total runs in sweep weekend rout over Caltech to improve its overall record to 15-10-1.
“The passion they [Caltech] have is amazing,” said head coach Bobby Lee.
The games against Caltech enabled the La Verne squad to relax and play each game with some confidence.
“It’s an experience. Playing Caltech gave us a chance to enjoy ourselves,” said senior pitcher/outfielder Brett Kalcevich.
Despite its three-game sweep, the team was disappointed with its loss to the University of California at San Diego on Tuesday.
In the game with UCSD, the Leopards felt they had done all they could to win, but fell short and lost 5-3.
“We couldn’t get it done,” said Lee. “We out hit, out pitched and out played [UC] San Diego, but still ended up on the losing end.”
The Leopards were only down one run in the bottom of the fourth inning before Brian Terrell of UCSD hit a two-run home run, putting the game out of reach.
“We’re not doing a good job executing. We have a good team, but we’re just not doing the little things,” said Kalcevich.
The Leopards are continuing to improve this season and have all the confidence of their head coach who believes the team is getting better ever game.
The Leopards visit Chapman in a non-conference showdown on Tuesday at 6p.m., and play host to Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 3 p.m.