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TMC Insider: Coming up on the finish line

Posted: March 9, 2014 10:49 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2014 10:49 p.m.
 

Last week, the men’s and women’s basketball teams at The Master’s College battled through the first portion of postseason, while Mustangs men’s golf competed in its annual home tournament, the TMC Spring Invitational. Finally, baseball hosted Westmont in its first conference series since late February

Men’s golf

On Tuesday at its annual home tournament, the TMC Spring Invitational, The Master’s College golf team finished sixth of 12 teams with a score of 916 (299-297-320) at Robinson Ranch.

Sixth-ranked Cal State San Marcos finished in first place by carding a team score of 892 (302-289-301).

Finishing ninth individually was TMC’s Thane Ringler, who carded a three-round score of 224 (75-71-78). Close behind, TMC’s Josh Gardella finished in the top 20 by tying for 15th place with a collective score of 228 (75-73-80).

Now the Mustangs look to March 24-25 when the squad will compete at the Battle at Primm tournament on the greens of the Primm Valley Golf Course in Primm, Nev.

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Mustangs kicked off the 2014 GSAC Tournament Wednesday night with a 77-50 win over San Diego Christian at Bross Court.

The victory vaulted the seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs into the tournament semifinals Friday evening, where they hosted the 11th-ranked Westmont Warriors.

On Friday, the tournament continued with TMC’s Jacquelyn Marshall posting 20 points and 18 rebounds and leading TMC to a 73-52 victory over Westmont at Bross Court.

Freshman standout Megan Lindsley complemented Marshall’s efforts by draining 18 more points.

With the win, the Lady Mustangs (24-7) are now slated to face Hope International in the GSAC Tournament Championship game on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

For the third time this season, the Mustangs were extended to double overtime and for the third time they came away victorious, using a late Chris Patureau putback and a Jason Logan free throw to edge Arizona Christian 80-77 in a GSAC Tournament first round game Thursday evening in the Phoenix.

But, two days later, the clock struck midnight on The Master’s College men’s basketball team’s Cinderella season when the Hope International Royals topped the Mustangs 61-56 in the GSAC Tournament Semifinal Saturday night in Fullerton.

With the loss, the Mustangs’ 2013-14 season likely closes with a 19-12 overall record and a 6-8 conference record.

Baseball

The Master’s College baseball team faced its first home loss of the season Friday afternoon when Westmont edged the Mustangs 5-3 at Reese Field.

The next day, Steve Karkenny hurled 5 2/3 innings of shutout relief in the day’s nightcap. The Mustangs capitalized on a Westmont error in the 10th inning to score the winning run, earning Karkenny his first victory of the season as the Mustangs salvaged a split with the visiting Warriors, beating them 3-2 after being blanked 4-0 in the opener.

The split kept the Mustangs from being swept in a series for the first time this year and it snapped their first two-game losing skid of the season. Coupled with San Diego Christian’s sweep of Biola, the split left the Mustangs (23-5, 13-5 GSAC) with just a half-game lead over the Hawks in a suddenly very competitive GSAC race.

The Mustangs now get five days off before hosting Biola in a three-game series next weekend, starting on Friday at 2 p.m. on Reese Field.

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