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College baseball: TMC finishes even

Mustangs go 2-2 in NCCAA series

Posted: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Playing in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series for the first time in school history, The Master’s College baseball finished just the way it did the regular season — with an even .500 record.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, that wasn’t good enough to advance in the NCCAA World Series.

In four games during pool play, TMC (27-27) went 2-2, beating Judson University Christian College of Illinois 11-0 on Wednesday and Mt. Vernon Nazarene of Ohio 13-3 on Thursday. The Mustangs lost two close games, falling 4-3 to King College of Tennessee on Wednesday and 3-2 to North Greenville of South Carolina on Thursday.

All the games took place in Mason, Ohio, where the top two teams from each pool advanced to the championship round. TMC didn’t make the cut, but it had a chance going into the final game on Thursday against North Greenville (36-15).
“We had our chances and we hit the ball really hard at people,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. “We hit them to get on. We just couldn’t knock them in.”

In the loss, the Mustangs stranded 14 runners on base.

Against King on Wednesday, TMC committed a pair of errors and didn’t play as sharp as Brooks would have liked, he said.

King College (28-23) went ahead 4-2 in a four-hit fifth off RBI singles by Cody Snyder and C.J. Stabler and held off the Mustangs the rest of the way.

The second game of the day was a different story.

TMC’s Andrew Work took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and only allowed one hit in the rout of Judson (42-19).
The sophomore improved to 7-3 with the win.

“That kid’s been outstanding all year, and it was against a team that had 42 wins, a club that has proven to be successful all year and dominate,” Brooks said.

In the Mustangs’ win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene (30-21) on Thursday, the game had to be called after five innings due to time constraints.

Most of the time was taken up by a nine-run, eight-hit rally by TMC hitters in the fourth inning. A total of 14 batters came to the plate to take advantage of three errors committed by the Nazarene defense.

Matt Johnson hit a two-RBI double and Ben Ives knocked in another two on a single for the Mustangs in the frame.
Charlie Gillies notched the win, pitching all five innings and allowing three earned runs with eight strikeouts.

By failing to advance, the Mustangs’ season officially reaches an end.

“I’m just really encouraged how hard and how competitive we played,” Brooks said. “It was a good year with a young team. It was a good year in how we competed.”

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