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TMC notebook: Mustangs' skid is at 7 in a row

Baseball, tennis teams finish off a difficult week

Posted: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

It started so well for The Master’s College baseball. Just two weeks ago, the team was 20-6 and near the top of the Golden State Athletic Conference standings. A sudden seven-game losing streak has put TMC right in the middle of a cluster for fourth, fifth and sixth place in conference.

Four of those seven losses have come to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics No. 10-ranked Biola University this week.

The Mustangs also fell victim to a highly-ranked opponent in women’s tennis, which is a team that continues to struggle through the tough conference schedule.

After big performances a week earlier, the men’s and women’s track and field teams took the week off along with the men’s golf team.

All three of the teams are set to resume competition next week for TMC.

Baseball

Biola completed the sweep of TMC with two wins in Saturday’s doubleheader in La Mirada by scores of 9-1 and 4-0.

Earlier in the week at Reese Field, the Mustangs dropped a 3-2 decision in 10 innings on Thursday and lost 6-0 on Friday.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Mustang hitters couldn’t take advantage of seven hits and they ended up leaving six runners on base.

Biola led 1-0 until adding four runs in the fifth and another four in the seventh to effectively ice the game away.

The bats once again struggled for TMC in the final game of the series on Saturday afternoon.

Tanner Leighton had three of the Mustangs’ five hits in the game, but his teammates couldn’t hit him home.

TMC surrendered a two-run lead in Thursday’s loss, which was decided by a Vinnie Fayard RBI single to Vinnie Fayard in the 10th inning off Mustangs reliever Zack Anderson.

Fayard was also the one who hit the game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning.

It spoiled a strong outing from Mustangs starting pitcher A.J. Work, who tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed seven hits.

Spencer Toth recorded TMC’s only RBI in the game when he hit a sacrifice flyout in the seventh inning to score
Cody Harris.

The following game on Friday resulted in a shutout as Biola starting pitcher Chris Baek went the distance in a complete-game, five-hitter.

TMC is now 20-13 overall, 9-10 in GSAC play as it prepares for a four-game series against Westmont beginning Thursday in Santa Barbara.

Women’s Tennis

TMC managed to win just one set combined in two matches this week.

Following a 9-0 loss to NAIA No. 4 Azusa Pacific on Tuesday, the Mustangs dropped another GSAC match 8-1 on Saturday against No. 21 Westmont.

Abigail Zaretsky won TMC’s lone set for the week, beating Westmont’s Sophia Meulenberg 7-6(4), 6-2 in a single matchup.

On Tuesday, the Mustangs won just two total games in the match and were playing without No. 2 singles player Karli Forstel.

TMC (2-11, 2-8) hit the road to play Fresno Pacific on Tuesday.

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