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GSAC baseball: Tables get turned

Mustangs swept in doubleheader by NAIA ninth-ranked Point Loma Nazarene

Posted: April 17, 2010 10:13 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College's Henry Price rounds third base during the fourth inning of the second game of a doubleheader against Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday at Reese Field.

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The Master's College baseball team had to swallow a bit of its own medicine on Saturday.

After stunning NAIA No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene University twice earlier in the week in San Diego, the Mustangs were defeated by the Sea Lions 11-3 and 7-4 in a doubleheader at Reese Field.

"It is kind of odd with both teams winning on the road," said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. "We swung our bats well, but not many balls fell."

The Mustangs beat Point Loma 4-3 on both Wednesday and Thursday in San Diego.

Despite matching the Sea Lions' 12 hits in the seven inning of the second game on Saturday, TMC was unable to put those hits together at the right time.

"We didn't hit with runners on," Brooks said. "We didn't string a lot of hits together."

The Mustangs (19-21, 12-16) fell behind early after PLNU center fielder Allen Boyer set the tone for the game with a home run over the left-field fence on the first pitch. Fortunate to get out of that inning with no further damage, senior right-hander Joe Zeller wasn't as lucky in the second inning, when the Sea Lions (30-11, 19-9) piled on four more runs on five hits.

TMC right fielder Steven Vranau got a couple back for the Mustangs with a home run to right field, scoring Jared Otto and closing the gap to 5-2.

"I hit solid in the first game with nothing to show for it," Vranau said. "I came out the same in the second (game), balls dropped and I got a home run."

Vranau finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. TMC center fielder Pete Goeman was 3-for-3, including a two-RBI line drive to left-center.

Zeller took the loss, pitching six innings and striking out five while giving up 11 hits. Reliever Daniel Sheaffer threw one inning and gave up one hit.

"Our strength is our pitching staff and (Point Loma) took it to us today," Brooks said. "It's harder to win when you can't hold them."

The PLNU offense was led by shortstop Wes Kartch, who was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Boyer was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

"We were aggressive early in the count," said PLNU head coach Joe Schaefer. "We executed and made things happen."

The Sea Lions got another run in the third inning from first baseman Jeff Fox, who hit a solo home run over the fence in right-center field. PLNU scored its final run in the sixth when Kartch stole home on a passed ball.

PLNU left-hander Robby Ross got the win in 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up 11 hits and striking out two. Josh Dexheimer pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, striking out one and giving up one hit for the save.

In the first game of the doubleheader, TMC had nine hits to PLNU's 14, with catcher Chris Talley going 2-for-4 with one RBI and Goeman hitting 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

The Mustangs used four pitchers in the outing, with David Goodenough taking the loss in six innings. Goodenough gave up nine hits and struck out one.

The winning pitcher for PLNU was Chad Blauer, who threw a complete game, striking out five and giving up nine hits.

The Mustangs remain at home on Wednesday and Thursday for the first two games of a four-game series with Azusa Pacific.


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