March 31, 2017
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University baseball team fell to San Diego Christian 7-4 Friday afternoon at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
The loss dropped TMU’s record to 18-18 overall and 8-11 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. SDCC improved to 13-14 (8-11 GSAC).
The Hawks scored early and often, posting two runs in the first inning and three more in the top of the fourth.
TMU responded in the bottom of the fourth inning when a Michael Sexton grounder, which was misplayed by Hawk second baseman Joshua Sidley for an error, plated teammate Max Maitland with the club's first run.
An inning later, TMU sliced the deficit to 5-2 after Matt Janes' double to left field plated Jason Karkenny, who had singled earlier in the frame.
However, the Hawks tallied two more runs in the top of the sixth, extending their lead to 7-2.
The Mustangs tried to manufacture a comeback in the bottom of the ninth after Aaron Shackelford's infield single, scoring Maitland and Luke Halverson, closed the gap to 7-4. However, the Hawks closed out the game when reliever Jerry Quemada struck out TMU’s Jonah Jarrard.
Outhit 11-9, the Mustangs were led by Karkenny, who had three hits while Shackelford went 1-4 with two rbi.
Mustang pitcher Robert Winslow (3-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up 10 hits and seven runs in six innings of work.
“They got to us early and we couldn't catch up,” commented TMU head coach Monte Brooks. “Despite that relievers Grant Collins and Eric Williams threw well today!”
Collins tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while Williams threw one perfect frame.
The Mustangs get an opportunity to turn things around on Saturday when they play the Hawks in a doubleheader that starts at 11:00 a.m. at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.