Leary celebrates return with 3-run HR in Westmont win

A little over halfway into the 2011 campaign, Westmont  matched its baseball win total from a year ago by defeating Carleton (Minn.) 7-4 in a non-conference game. The Warriors posted a record of 13-34 last season.

Westmont (13-15) pounded out 14 hits including three by Jordan Bottenfield in four at bats. The third baseman’s three singles drove in two runs while Bottenfield scored twice himself.

Designated hitter Tim Leary, returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a concussion he suffered when hit in the head by a pitch. Leary smashed a towering three-run home run to left in the Warriors’ five-run second inning.

Mitch Petrak, who missed five games after suffering a broken nose when he was hit by a pitch, also returned to the lineup. Petrak played right field and went one for four at the plate with an RBI.

The Warriors used seven different pitchers, three of whom were making their season debut. Freshman starter Jonathan Breneman earned the win after pitching five scoreless innings. Breneman allowed three hits, struck out four and walked one. Jacob Regalado earned a save by pitching the scoreless ninth inning and allowing just one hit.

Henry Rownd, Carleton’s starting pitcher, took the loss. He allowed seven runs (six earned) and gave up all 14 of the Warriors’ hits. He struck out one and walked two.

The Warriors return to Golden State Athletic Conference action with a four-game series this week against San Diego Christian. Due to forecasted rain, the home doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday has been changed to Thursday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, the two teams will face off in another doubleheader, this time at the Hawks’ home field at Stars Baseball Diamond in Lakeside. First pitch on Saturday is at noon.