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TMC baseball: The NAIA regionals arrive

The Mustangs begin the NAIA postseason at home today

Posted: May 8, 2013 10:23 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 10:23 p.m.

TMC pitcher James Scott throws against Westmont on April 27.

 

The Master’s College baseball team needs only three wins to advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series for the first time since 2000.

And they don’t have to go anywhere to do it.

The Mustangs (40-15) have known for weeks that they’re hosting an NAIA regional for the first time in school history, but Monday they found out who’d be joining them on Pete Reese Field May Thursday-Monday.

TMC ranked seventh in the final NAIA poll and is the regional’s No. 1 seed.

It is followed in order by Cal State University-San Marcos, San Diego Christian College, Tabor College (Kan.), and Concordia University (Ore.).

“We believe we have one of the toughest regionals in the country. The teams in our regional have good coaching, outstanding players and it should be an exciting opportunity for fans,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks.

TMC will play the winner of Tabor and Concordia at 3 p.m. on Thursday as a part of the double elimination tournament.

It’s San Diego Christian and San Marcos however, that the Mustangs are familiar with.

TMC defeated San Diego Christian 8-3 this past weekend in the championship game of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

It was the Mustangs’ sixth win in seven games against SDCC this season.

The Mustangs played a high-scoring series with San Marcos in April; the two teams combined for 46 runs with the Mustangs winning two of the three games.

Another team Brooks is familiar with is the 2000 Mustang baseball team, which he coached to a third-place finish at the World Series.

“The 2000 team was very similar to this years’ team. We had strong pitching, defense and clutch hitting. But we have more depth on the mound with this group than we did with the 2000 team, specifically relief pitching,” Brooks said.

The pitching-rich 2013 Mustangs have accomplished a lot — winning more games than any other team in school history, as well as winning the school’s first GSAC regular season title since 2003 and first GSAC tournament title period.

But while they’re thankful, they’re not finished.

“We’re not dwelling on those victories. We received our GSAC champion plaques yesterday, but right after we got them we took extra batting practice and that is what characterizes our team,” said TMC designated hitter Joe Riddle. “We’re going into this weekend ready to make it to the World Series.”

 

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