February 2, 2013
By Sam Taber, TMC Sports Information Intern
The Master’s College Mustangs split their doubleheader with the San Diego Christian College Hawks Saturday afternoon, losing the first game 3-0 and winning the second 7-3. The Mustangs are 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the GSAC.
In the opener, Hawks’ starting pitcher Gabriel Hemmer threw a complete game, shutting out the Mustangs and fanning an impressive 11 batters along the way. With the win, Hemmer’s record improved to 2-0. The loss went to Mustang pitcher James Scott (Canyon Country, CA), whose record dropped to 1-2.
The Hawks jumped on Scott early when Garrison McLagen drilled a two-run homer to right field in the top of the first. The Hawks’ third run came in the top of the third after a throwing error by catcher Chris Talley (Simi Valley, CA) allowed the Hawks to Richard Aguirre on third base with only one out. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Mustangs’ two through six hitters struggled during the first game, recording no hits and a combined nine strikeouts. All seven of the Mustang hits came from the seven-eight-nine hitters and the leadoff man.
In the nightcap, Mustang pitcher Tyler Elrod (Modesto, CA) recorded his first win in the blue and gold, throwing six innings and striking out six while only walking two. Cody Harris (Lakewood, CA) pitched the last inning for the Mustangs, striking out two of the final three San Diego batters.
Seven different Mustangs combined to score the team’s seven runs, three of them coming across late in the game during a long sixth inning. Caleb Halverson (Temple City, CA), Joe Riddle (Bakersfield, CA), and Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA) each had doubles in the second game. Though certainly a decisive win for the Mustangs, the damage could have been greater since the Mustangs stranded six baserunners.
The Hawks used six pitchers in their loss after the starter, Kelvan Pilot (1-2), could only make it through three and two-thirds innings.
The Hawks did manage to score three times but struggled the for most of the game to bring their baserunners around, leaving five on base.
When asked about today’s game, Mustang head coach Monte Brooks said that he was encouraged by how his team fought back in the second game, playing with more intensity and drive. TMC pitching and defense, according to Brooks, “has just been phenomenal.”
The Mustangs continue their long, season-opening homestand on Tuesday, welcoming Claremont to Reese Field. Claremont comes into Tuesday’s game having played -- and lost -- only one game so far this season. Coach Brooks says that he looks forward to playing the mid-week game against the “well-coached” Stags