Gillies hurls Master’s past Westmont, 3-1

Westmont  dropped the first game of a four-game baseball series with  The Master’s College by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday.

Mustangs starter Charlie Gillies earned win after pitching seven innings in the Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. He allowed one run on just two hits, struck out nine  and issued four walks.

Dan Cabuling was charged with the loss after pitching five innings and giving up two runs on four hits. Cabuling struck out three and walked three.

The Warriors fell to 14-16 overall and 6-12 in the GSAC standings. The Master’s improved to 17-15 overall and 8-11 in the conference play.

The Master’s picked up a single run in the bottom of the third inning to take an early lead. After Cody Harris walked to lead off the inning, Tanner Leighton laid down a bunt single. Harris reached third on the play as the result of an error. Cabuling then picked Leighton off of first to record the inning’s first out. Christopher Talley drove in Harris on a sacrifice fly.

Leighton walked to lead off the fifth inning. Once again the lead-off runner reached third by virtue of a Warrior error and once again he scored of a sacrifice fly by Talley.

Westmont’s lone run came in the top of the seventh. Steven Motush walked with one away then one out later reached second on a passed ball. Fukushima’s ground ball to third resulted in an error that allowed Motush to score.

The Mustangs added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Henry Price led off with a single. One out later, Leighton doubled to right center, allowing Price to reach third. After Talley was hit by a pitch, JT Adams drove in Price with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The two squads will get together Thursday  in Santa Clarita before concluding their series with a doubleheader on Saturday at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field.