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TMC baseball: Winning ways

TMC uses two styles in sweep of APU

Posted: April 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s J.T. Adams, right, beats the throw to Azusa Pacific catcher Anthony Delgado, left, during a doubleheader at Reese Field on Saturday. TMC won both games.

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Closing in on the last few series of the season, The Master's College baseball needs to win games any way it can.

In Saturday's doubleheader against Azusa Pacific University, the Mustangs employed two very different methods.

TMC used patient and timely hitting to rack up 11 hits in a 12-4 game-1 victory, while game 2 was won on the pitcher's mound as TMC starter A.J. Work threw a complete-game shutout to win 2-0 at Reese Field.

TMC (23-20, 14-16) went 3-1 in the four-game series against the Cougars, which was played throughout the week.

"It's good to put things together for wins," said TMC first baseman Spencer Downs, who was responsible for both runs in the second game. "We've got to start putting together good pitching and good hitting to win these games."

Against an otherwise solid Jacob Cage pitching for APU (23-19, 16-15), Downs jumped on a first-pitch fastball and hit a double in the opening inning of game 2 to drive in Cody Harris from first base.

"Before I saw a strike, I was just looking for a pitch middle-in, and I saw the fastball and just went after it," Downs said.

With a 1-0 lead, it was as much cushion as the Mustangs needed. Work pitched all seven innings and allowed four hits while striking out six in the game.

"For my history, being here 14 years, I want a guy like that for the second game (of the doubleheader)," said Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks. "A guy who can pound the zone and throw strikes and go after hitters."

Work was also aided by solid defense which converted three double plays and a Downs solo home run in the sixth.

The first game was a different story for TMC, at least on the hitting side.

The scoring opened in the fourth inning when left fielder Chris Talley hit a three-RBI triple to put TMC ahead 3-0. The next batter, Ben Ives, singled to bring home Talley and Ives scored later in the inning when Tanner Leighton drew a bases-loaded walk.

Ives went 3-for-4 and Talley went 2-for-4 in the contest, both recording four RBIs apiece.

The Cougars never recovered from the 5-0 deficit.

"We didn't pitch well out of the bullpen and at that point, it just kind of got out of hand," said APU head coach Paul Svagdis.

All five runs were credited to Cougars starter Ben Ruder, who lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the losing effort.

TMC starter Daniel Sheaffer gave up two runs in the fifth, but was pulled after 4 2/3 due to pitch count and a high number of walks.

That opened the door for Canyon graduate J.T. Adams to pick up the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief.

Mustangs hitters continued to pile it on in game 1, helped by Ives' two-run homer in the fifth and RBI double in the seventh.

Already leading 8-2, TMC tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning when Azusa pitcher Hunter Brown struggled to get the ball over the plate. Downs picked up an RBI when he was beaned with the bases loaded before two more runs came across on a throwing error and another on a sacrifice fly.



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