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TMC baseball looking to get back on track

The Master’s started the season off hot, but recent struggles drop Mustangs to fourth in conference

Posted: April 6, 2009 1:44 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The Master's College that has seen its ups and downs this season, but as the Mustangs (25-12, 15-9) head into the final stretch of its Golden State Athletic Conference season, there are several reasons for The Master's to be confident that its stretch run will produce another playoff contender.

After opening the GSAC season 11-2, the Mustangs hit tough times, losing seven of 11 and dropping to fourth place in their division.

Still, The Master's remains only four games out of first place after a 6-5 win over Westmont. Joe Zeller capped a three-run rally with a go-ahead, two-out single in the eighth inning as the Mustangs squeaked past Westmont to get back into the win column.

The Mustangs also earned a victory on Saturday behind a shutout from Tim Woodward in the first half a doubleheader against Biola, but The Master's was blanked in the back half.

Zeller has anchored the offense by hitting .363 and driving home 37 runs. Eric Blackwell leads the team with 12 home runs, and Pete Goeman has provided a spark leading off, crossing the plate 40 times.

Head coach Monte Brooks believes his pitching staff will determine the ultimate success of his ball club.

Tyler Bersano has been a highlight for the staff, scoring six wins against only two losses. The 6-foot-3-inch sophomore has also posted a 3.30 ERA, which has only been bested by Tim Woodward's 2.73 mark.

Woodward is also tied for the team lead with wins, earning his sixth victory Saturday.

The Mustangs have a break from conference play with a twin bill against Cal State, San Marcos Tuesday before having a doubleheader against Vanguard Thursday.


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