Stags Clipped by Kingsmen in Thousand Oaks

Henri Levenson leads off of second base in the top of the first inning on Friday.
Henri Levenson led the Stags with three hits in Friday's 5-0 loss at Cal Lutheran.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team opened their final series of the 2018 season with a 5-0 loss against the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen on Friday afternoon in Thousand Oaks. Henri Levenson (CMC) led the Stags with a 3-4 effort at the dish with a double in the fifth inning. Levenson accounted for three of the Stags' five hits in the contest.

Cal Lutheran scored a run in the bottom half of the first inning to get on the board early with a two-out rally. After a pair of fly outs to Levenson in right field the Kingsmen hit back-to-back doubles to take a 1-0 lead.

The game remained 1-0 until a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth doubled the lead for Cal Lutheran. The Kingsmen then plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-0 lead thanks to five-straight hits to begin the inning.

That was the last of the offense on the afternoon, as the Cal Lutheran pitching staff shutdown the Stags' bats in the first game of the series. CMS collected five hits on the day, with Levenson leading the charge with knocks in his first three at bats. After singles in the first and third innings, Levenson doubled to right in the top of the fifth with one-out. That would be the last base runner for the Stags in the contest as Cal Lutheran's staff sat down the final 14 Stags of the game.

Patrick Gavin (CMC) and Zach Clarke (CMC) both collected singles for CMS in the early innings of the game.

On the mound, Konnor Kwok (CMC) was given the loss after lasting 4.1 innings and allowing 11 hits and five runs (all earned) while striking out four. Nick DeGallier (CMC) and John O'Malley (CMC) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits and four walks combined.

CMS falls to 16-22 on the season and 7-15 in the SCIAC. The Stags and Kingsmen will wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader on Arce Field beginning at 11:00 a.m.