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The Master's College baseball enters the turn

TMC beats Ashford, looks for stronger second half than 2012

Posted: March 5, 2013 9:42 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2013 9:42 p.m.

Ashford University's Michael Bruns is caught stealing at second base by The Master's College's Sam Robison in the third inning on Tuesday at Reese Field.

The Master’s College baseball team has reached an interesting point in the season — its 25th game.

With a 10-1 non-conference win over Ashford University of Iowa at Reese Field on Tuesday, the Mustangs are now 18-7.

And after this five-game stretch against non-conference opponents, they play Golden State Athletic Conference foe Westmont on Friday.

The Mustangs stand in first place in the GSAC.

One season ago, they were 19-6 overall and 8-3 in the GSAC, before an offensive outage saw them finish the regular season at 31-19 and 16-16 in conference.

“It’s an endurance run. It’s a long season,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. “Our desire is to take it a game at a time. ... The team has been consistent the whole year and maintained the right perspective.”

That’s the difference that Brooks hopes will make 2013 different than 2012.

Tuesday’s game was an opportunity to give some arms some innings.

Six Mustangs pitchers combined to limit Ashford to just three hits and five baserunners the whole game.

Saints designated hitter Ryan Fraley provided Ashford (5-6) with its only run of the game with a solo home run in the second inning off Mustangs starter Daniel Sheaffer that tied the score 1-1.

In the bottom of the third, The Master’s took the lead for good.

After back-to-back singles to lead off the inning by Caleb Halverson and Jonathan Popadics, Steve Karkenny doubled to left field to plate two runs.

Karkenny later scored on a Chris Talley sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 Mustangs.

Talley plated two more runs in a three-run bottom of the eighth inning.

Karkenny also had three RBIs in the game.

“Any time our team scores runs it really eliminates pressure on our offense because the defense and pitching is so good,” Brooks said. “We really feel we get three runs, we’re going to win 80, 90 percent of our games.”

Brooks was dead on.

In games in which his team has scored three or more runs, the Mustangs are 18-1.


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