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TMC baseball: Season walkoff

Mustangs end regular season with win

Posted: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Spencer Toth, right, scores as Biola University catcher Brian Loard attempts to apply the tag on Saturday at Reese Field. The two teams split the doubleheader.

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Coming into its regular season finale, The Master's College baseball team knew it didn't have a chance to qualify for the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

Based on the heroics of freshman Ryan Shackelford, the future still looks pretty bright, though.

Shackelford came up with a walkoff-RBI single in the eighth inning for 3-2 win in game 2 of a doubleheader with Biola University on Saturday at Reese Field.
TMC lost the first game 7-3.

"They competed," said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. "They didn't give up. That's what was encouraging."

The Mustangs (25-25, 16-20) finished the regular season tied for seventh in the conference standings. The top six advance to the tournament.

The possibility of participating in the National Christian College Athletic Association playoffs next month still stands, but Brooks said that's still up in the air.

For now, Shackelford and company will relish the victory over National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics No. 12-ranked Biola (33-18, 25-11), which had a chance to split the conference title with California Baptist.

After TMC stranded eight baserunners in game 1 and spoiled a solid seven-inning pitching performance by Tyler Bersano, the second game looked like it could be a similar story.

Once again, the Mustangs failed to take advantage of scoring chances, leaving another 10 runners on, but that all changed in the eighth inning.

With pinch runner James Sloan standing on third base with one out, the Eagles elected to intentionally walk Matthew Johnson, who already had three doubles on the day.

That brought Shackelford, the No. 9 hitter, to the plate, where he jumped on a 1-0 pitch and lined it into left field for the game-winner.

"I grabbed a bat and went out and I wasn't thinking about it because I didn't even realize they had walked the guy before me," Shackelford said.

It was the freshman's first walkoff of his college career.

TMC trailed 2-1 headed into the seventh inning before tying it on a J.T. Adams sacrifice fly off Eagles closer Cameron McVey, who walked the leadoff batters of both the seventh and eighth innings.

"He wasn't quite the same in that last inning," said Biola head coach John Verhoeven. "I could tell his velocity was down a bit. I think that was the first time he walked the leadoff batter all season."

Tommy Kister got the win in relief for TMC, pitching a scoreless eighth inning to hold off a late-charging Biola team.

Starting pitcher A.J. Work did his duty, going seven innings and giving up only the two runs in the top of the seventh.

Fellow pitcher Bersano had similar numbers, allowing two earned runs off 10 hits in the first seven innings of the early game.

A total of five runs came across with Bersano pitching though, as a pair of TMC errors helped the Eagles score three in the third inning.

All three runs for the Mustangs came across in the seventh on a Ben Ives sacrifice fly and RBI hits by Tanner Leighton and Parker Price.

Price finished 3-for-4 in the game.

Matt Johnson went a combined 3-for-3 on the day with two intentional walks and a run scored.



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