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Top seed too much for TMC

The Master’s baseball loses in GSAC tourney

Posted: May 5, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Point Loma Nazarene’s Andrew Bovich demonstrated Tuesday afternoon why he was named the 2009 Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, tossing eight innings of shutout ball as the conference’s top-seeded team went on to blank The Master’s College 4-0 on the second day of the GSAC Tournament in San Diego.

The loss dropped the Mustangs (34-19) into a close-out game on Wednesday when they will face either Azusa Pacific or Biola in an effort to stay alive in the double-elimination tourney.  Meanwhile, the No. 3 Sea Lions move on to a winner’s-bracket contest Wednesday against Fresno Pacific.

For those salivating over a potential pitchers’ duel featuring the conference’s top two starters, Bovich and Mustang righthander and two-time All-GSAC performer, Tim Woodward, they got what they wanted, sort of.   

Woodward (9-5) was his usual bulldog self, hurling another complete game, but three gopher balls doomed him.  On the other hand, Bovich (11-0) was spectacular, if not dominant.

The downfall of Woodward and the Mustangs started in the first when Kaohi Downing led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, and scored ahead of Kurt Steinhauer’s two-run homer to right-center field.  

Although the senior righthander blanked the Sea Lions over the next four innings, he was uncharacteristically generous, allowing six hits over the first five frames.

The Mustangs had some chances early, but a first-inning double play snuffed out a budding rally while a second-inning error amounted to nothing. After that, Bovich was downright stingy, retiring the next 15 batters he faced before Otto drew a walk in the seventh inning.  One out later, Caleb Mintz’ single through the left side put runners at first and second but a fielder’s choice ended the Mustangs’ last threat of the afternoon.

The Sea Lions went up 3-0 in the sixth when Steve Winnick walloped a solo homer off Woodward and then Steinhauer closed out the game’s scoring an inning later, launching his second roundtripper of the day over the fence in right field.

Although he dropped his second decision in a row, Woodward went the distance for a club-best ninth time and set a career high with 116.2 innings pitched.

Wednesday could be a very busy day for the Mustangs, starting off with the 9:00am game against Azusa Pacific or Biola.  If they win, they would have to play again at 3:00 p.m.

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