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Mustangs walk off with win

Blackwell homers in extras for The Master’s College

Posted: March 12, 2009 1:21 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.

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The Master’s College baseball team scored its eighth league win to maintain its spot atop the Golden State Athletic Conference in dramatic fashion Wednesday.

The Mustangs rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat Fresno Pacific 6-5 in 11 innings on a walk-off home run from center fielder Eric Blackwell.

“This win was a huge momentum builder for us,” said The Master’s left fielder Pete Goeman. “We played them to a stalemate, and then Eric came through with the big hit.”

After three no-hit innings from Tyler Bersano, the Mustangs (18-4, 8-2) hit a rough patch in the top of the fourth. The Sunbirds (13-5, 7-4) plated three runs on five hits for the first runs of the game.

“Our teams are kind of mirror images of each other,” said The Master’s head coach Monte Brooks. “We’re both built on pitching so it’s kind of surprising that there were so many big hits in this game.”

The Master’s capitalized on its opportunities in the sixth, pushing across four runs on four hits, highlighted by a three-run homer from Blackwell.

“Our pitching was able to keep us in the game,” Brooks said. “This team is like a battleship. We defend well, and we have speed and power.”

Fresno Pacific answered in the seventh with a score off reliever David Goodenough to tie the game.

However, Goodenough was solid for the rest of the game, working four hitless innings after a rocky seventh.

The game turned into a battle of bullpens with neither team able to break the tie until Blackwell stepped to the plate in the 11th.

Leading off the second extra frame, Blackwell crushed a pitch from Fresno Pacific reliever Brian Oliver over the center-field fence to end the game.

“Blackwell is so strong,” Brooks said. “On both of his home runs today he did a tremendous job of getting through the ball.”

Up next for the Mustangs is a trip to Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday.

kdamore@the-signal.com

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