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Revenge of the Nerds: California Institute of Technology ends 228-game baseball losing streak

Feb 6, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT


You may remember the California Institute of Technology from its 310-game conference losing streak in men’s basketball, which was broken in 2011. Or how about the women’s volleyball team, which snapped a 56-match losing streak in in 2012? Well, now the CIT record no one thought could be broken has been broken: Cal Tech has won a baseball game.

Get out! (Elaine shoves Jerry).

Yep, the Beavers ended their 228-game losing streak on Saturday with a 9-7 win over Pacifica University (San Dimas, CA). It was Caltech’s first win since 2003.

After dropping the first game of its season-opening doubleheader 5-0, Caltech won the second behind a complete-game seven-inning effort by freshman Daniel Chou.

“It was almost as if they had been there before,” first-year coach Matthew Mark said.

But now, a bigger challenge — and losing streak — looms. Saturday’s win was in a non-conference game. So the Beavers (Div. III) still have a 463-game conference losing streak on their hands. Caltech hasn’t won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game since 1988.

Caltech has also produced 31 Nobel Prize winners and is ranked as the best university in the world in Engineering and Physical Sciences, before you start getting to feel too sorry for them.

  1. cur68 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Didn’t know these guys existed. Well, as a Canadian, I really have no choice. I’m rootin’ for The Beav.

  2. manchestermiracle - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    The Beavers? Where the heck did that nickname come from? Shouldn’t a school like this have a more technical nickname, like Algorithms or something? I tried to find out, but the Cal Tech sports site isn’t searchable. That in itself seems a bit strange…

    • Rick Chandler - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Beavers are the animal kingdom’s ultimate engineers. I only wish my house were built as well as a beaver lodge.