CBB: Warriors split pair with Vanguard

Right-handed pitcher Torin Shaikh picked up his third win of the year on Saturday as Westmont Baseball (7-5, 4-4 GSAC) took the first game of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader at Vanguard (5-3, 2-3) by a score of 10-2. Vanguard won the second game 4-2.

Shaikh pitched seven innings for the Warriors, giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out three without surrendering a walk. Michael Rishwain and Hunter Christenson each pitched one inning, going three-up and three-down in both the eighth and ninth.

The Warriors broke open the game in the second inning by putting five runs on the scoreboard. After Tommy Hocutt scored on a wild pitch, Brent Fukushima singled to left center to drive in Will Barring and Spencer Ferdun. Chris Stroh then double down the right field line, driving in Kevin Hammer. Fukushima would score on a ground ball to short by J.J. Turbin.

A solo home run by Brandon Gildea in the top of the third gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead.

After Vanguard scored two in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by Jason Ochart, Westmont added two to its total in the top of the sixth. With David Pennington on second and Stroh on third, Hocutt drove a two-RBI single into right field.

Westmont added one more in the top of the seventh when Hammer’s double to right center scoring Barring from first base. Hammer drove in another run in the ninth inning, singling to left field to drive in Ferdun.

In the second game – a seven inning affair – the Warriors got on the board first when David Gabel led off the second inning with a home run.

Vanguard evened the score in a bottom of the second when Ellis Whitman hit an infield single that allowed Francisco Torres to score.

In the top of the third, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead when Ferdun scored from third on an error by Vanguard’s third baseman.

In the bottom of the fifth, Nikko Tountas single up the middle to drive in Whitman, tying the score at two.

The Lions scored their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor McKnight’s bunt resulted in Torres scoring for third. Jordan Mould would later score on a single by John Collins.

Brian Murphy (1-1) took the loss for the Warriors after giving up two unearned runs on two hits in an inning and one-third. Russell Harmening started the game and pitched four and two-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits.