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TMC baseball eliminated from GSAC tournament

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:44 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 10:44 p.m.

 

The Master’s College Mustangs baseball team was eliminated from the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday after losing its first game 1-0 in 11 innings to Vanguard and its second 6-3 to Westmont.

TMC’s game against Vanguard was scoreless for 10 innings, as neither team could get any offense going.

Lions starter Eddie Rivera held TMC to just three hits in nine innings, striking out seven and walking only one.

The Mustangs’ pitching was just as strong with starter Conner Menez going five innings and allowing only four hits.

Jason Karkenny came in and pitched the next six innings, giving up the winning run when Vanguard’s Jason Schwer doubled in Thomas Mobley in the 11th.

“It was just nip and tuck the whole way,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. “We pitched well enough to succeed, but we just couldn’t come up with runners in scoring position.”

TMC’s best scoring opportunity came in the 10th inning when it loaded the bases with one out. But Lions reliever Roberto Johnson forced back-to-back groundouts to end the threat.

“We had 10 innings of shutout baseball but we couldn’t capitalize on our scoring opportunities,” Brooks said. “It was a well-fought game.”

The Mustangs started their next game against Westmont with an early 2-0 lead in the first.

Ryan Shackelford doubled in Steve Karkenny and was later brought in on a single by Andrew Klausmeier.

But the Warriors came back with runs in the second and third innings to tie the score.

TMC grabbed the lead again in the fifth when Karkenny singled in Sam Robison, but gave it right back in the sixth when Westmont scored three runs on four hits.

Westmont added another run in the seventh to push its lead to the final 6-3.

“We jumped on them early and had a chance to blow it open and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Brooks said. “They strung some hits together in the sixth and they capitalized.

“We had chances all day, in both games, but we were a little bit off.”

Vanguard advances to play top-seeded San Diego Christian and Westmont will play the winner of that game.

Now the Mustangs can look forward to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Baseball National Championship Opening Round that they will host starting May 12.

“We’re excited to get a chance to rest up and get ready for the NAIA tournament,” Brooks said.

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