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TMC notebook: Season winds down for two

Track and baseball reach postseason

Posted: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Regular seasons are just about done in most spring sports at The Master’s College, but some teams are only just beginning.

The men’s and women’s track and field team was the first to kick off postseason play this weekend, competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday in Azusa.

In baseball, the playoffs are right around the corner with the GSAC Tournament beginning on Tuesday.

The team wrapped up its regular season with three games this week.

Baseball
In their final GSAC contest of the season, the Mustangs fell 11-3 to Vanguard on Monday in Costa Mesa in a makeup game for a matchup that was rained out earlier in the month.

TMC then finished off its regular season slate with a pair of non-conference victories over La Sierra at home.

In Monday’s game, TMC held its own through the first five innings, but fell apart when Vanguard dropped nine runs in the sixth. Eight of the runs were scored of Mustangs pitcher James Scott, but only one was earned.

In Friday’s doubleheader against La Sierra, Jonathan Popadics recorded three RBIs including a two-run home run to boost the Mustangs’ bats in the first game while Charlie Gillies pitched a scoreless fourth inning in relief to earn the win.

Teammate A.J. Work, coming off a week where he was named NAIA Pitcher of the Week, picked up the win in relief in the second game, which saw Spencer Downs and Steven Karkenny crank home runs for TMC.

That puts TMC’s final tally for the year at 33-19 overall, 16-16 in conference, which was good for a fourth-place finish.
It’s the team’s highest finish in conference play since 2004.

TMC opens the double-elimination conference tournament on against third-seeded Biola on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


Track and Field
The big winner on the day for TMC was John Gilbertson, who claimed victory in both the 5,000-meter and the 1,500-meter races on Saturday at the GSAC finals.

He became the school’s first conference winner in the 1,500, finishing in 3 minutes, 56.14 seconds while comfortably taking down the 5,000 in a time of 15:15.04.

The only other Mustang to claim victory at the GSAC finals was sophomore David Eller, who won the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:23.69. Teammate Matthew Crichton took third in the same event, finishing in 9:29.23.

Due to the limited number of participants, TMC finished eighth overall as a team in both men’s and women’s. The hosting Azusa Pacific team took the title in both men’s and women’s.

On the women’s side, Ayla Draper took fourth in the 400 hurdles with a school-record time of 1:03.03.

Next week, the track and field teams head to Eagle Rock for the Oxy Invitational.

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