Westmont falls short in back to back games

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) As it turned out, the miserable weather at Saturday’s Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader proved to be a precursor for the entire day. Under cold fog and constant drizzle, Westmont Baseball dropped two games to The Master’s College, falling 10-5 in the first game and 4-2 in the second.

One of the few bright spots of the day (the sun certainly did not make an appearance) was Westmont center field J.J. Turbin who was seven for eight at the plate with six singles and a two-RBI double.

Already up 2-0 in the first game, The Master’s exploded for six more runs in the fifth and then added a couple more in the seventh to go up 10-0. Westmont finally got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the eighth. An RBI single by Coby Cress drove in Jordan Bottenfield from third.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Warriors loaded the bases with no outs. A walk by Brent Fukushima drove in one run before Turbin’s double made it a 10-4 game. Bottenfield then walked to load the bases again with on outs.

That brought up designated hitter Tim Leary who sent a soaring ball deep into left center field. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Leary’s 400-foot blast was sent to the deepest part of the field, which was 405 feet, and produced nothing more than the first out of the inning. Cress then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Fujimoto, but that would be as far as it would go for the Warriors.

Starter Jonathan Breneman took the loss for the Warriors, giving up six runs on eight hits in four and one-third innings of work. Tommy Kister picked up the win for the Mustangs after pitching four innings in relief.

In the second game, The Master’s once again jumped out to a lead with one run in the third and three in the fourth. Westmont did not score until the final frame of the seven inning game.

With two outs, Phil Prickett was called upon to pinch hit and delivered a double to right field. Brandon Allen then singled down the right field line to drive in Prickett. Eric Bateman came up next in a pinch hitting role and doubled deep into the right field corner, allowing Allen to score. However, the Warriors were unable to sustain the two-out rally.

Leary, who served as the starting pitcher, took the loss. He pitched four-plus innings giving up four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked four. Andrew Work picked up the complete game victory for the Mustangs.

Next week, Westmont will play the Eagles of Concordia in a four game series. On Wednesday and Thursday, the two squads will face off at Russ Carr Field beginning at three o’clock each day.

The Master’s 10 (18-16,9-12 GSAC) Westmont 5 (15-17,7-13 GSAC)

The Master’s…….. 100 160 200 – 10 15 0
Westmont………… 000 000 014 – 5 11 3
Scheaffer,Kiste(r(5),Gilbertson(9) Scott(9);Breneman,Kwan(5),Bateman(7),Noe(7),CHristenson(8)
W-Kister(2-1) L-Breneman(2-2)

The Master’s 4 (19-16,8-14 GSAC) Westmont 2 (15-18,7-14 GSAC)

The Master’s…….. 001 300 0 – 4 6 0
Westmont………… 000 000 2 – 2 7 1
Work;Leary,Regaldo(5) W- Work(5-2) L-Leary(2-3)