Roundin' up the Mustangs
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The #18 Westmont baseball team took on #23 The Master’s University Mustangs this past Friday and Saturday for a four-game homestead, winning all four games.
Friday’s first showdown of the doubleheader featured the Warriors’ Grant Gardner against The Master’s Kyle Adkins. Gardner gave up a homer in the first inning, but the Warriors quickly struck back thanks to a two-run homer by Bryce Morison. The following inning Westmont added four more runs and continued to rough up Adkins until The Master’s signaled for the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, having given up nine runs (six earned). With the offensive support, Gardner cruised until he gave up three runs—one unearned—in the 8th. Despite Westmont’s bullpen struggles in the remaining 1 2/3rd innings, the Warriors held on for a 10-7 win. Morison hit two home runs in the game and had four RBI’s, while Nick Sablock drove in three runs with his three hits.
Following a win in game one, Westmont sent Cory Dawson to the mound for the shorter game two of Friday’s doubleheader. Morison got Westmont on the board first as he homered to left field in the first, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. In the top-half of the sixth, the Warriors were up 5-2 until Dawson saw his 2-2 pitch get launched over the right field fence, tying up the game. However, Westmont came back in the bottom of the inning with a sac fly by Tyler Roper to drive in Alex Stufft. In the following inning, Sablock recorded the three-out save to preserve Westmont’s 6-5 win. Dawson recorded his 7th win of the season while striking out 3 in the process.
Saturday’s games began first with Justin Sanders getting the call to start. Westmont scored first again as the Warriors put up four runs in the third. The next inning saw Taylor Garcia cross home off of a Morison sac fly. It was not until the 6th inning when the Mustangs knocked in two runs off of a home run to right field. In the bottom half of the inning, the Warriors scored two as well, thanks to Paul Mezurashi scoring off a Luke Coffey flyout to center and then Sablock’s RBI double to drive in Morison, putting Westmont up 7-2. The Mustangs scored another run in the seventh, while the Warriors added four more. When the ninth inning came around, the Warriors led 11-3, but the Mustangs began to claw their way back. The Master’s scored four runs to reduce the deficit to four, but Sean Coyne was summoned out of the bullpen to close out the game.
The final game of this series was a back and forth battle. Again, Westmont came out of the gates quickly as Morison smacked his fourth homer of the series, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. However, The Master’s scored in every inning from the second to the sixth, but Westmont stayed with the Mustangs, as the game was tied 6-6 through seven innings. Extra innings ensued and despite Westmont having a chance in the seventh to end the game, it was not until the 10th inning when Sablock hit a walk-off single to left field, driving in Stufft. Not only did Westmont win 7-6, but the Warriors swept The Master’s and have a lot of momentum going into their final Golden State Athletic Conference series against Arizona Christian.