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The TMC Turnaround

Posted: February 10, 2008 5:24 a.m.
Updated: April 12, 2008 2:01 a.m.
The Master's College baseball team started conference play just as it started the season, unbeaten.

The Mustangs swept the Vanguard Lions in their doubleheader Saturday at Reese Field. The Master's College took the games by scores of 6-4 and 5-0.
The wins put the Mustangs at 8-0-1 and 2-0 in conference. The sole tie came against Claremont on Tuesday when the game was called due to darkness, leaving it at 7-7.
TMC was 22-28 overall last season.
"Its a good group not just because they've had some success in the victories," said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. "Its a good group because of the way they've been going about the game and being very unselfish."
The Lions came into the game with a 4-1 record.
Tim Woodward got the Mustangs rolling in the first game as he recorded the win to improve his record to 2-0. Woodward struck out two batters and allowed only two hits in the game.
"Trying to set the tone first (conference) game of the year," Woodward said of his approach to the game. "I'm just trying to set up my fastball to get the team rolling."
Brooks received his 300th career win with the victory.
Graham Miller was awarded the save.
Woodward received plenty of offensive support from the Mustangs.
Tyler Diamond went 2-for-3 with two runs. Ben Ives went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
"I knew our offense was going to come out strong so I was trying to keep them down so we could roll through," Woodward said.
The Mustangs got off to a quick start in the second game of the doubleheader.
A Steve Shaver single gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
With a chance to lose the lead, the Mustangs pulled themselves out of a tough situation in the top of the third.
With the bases loaded for the Lions, Joseph Zeller forced Derek Craddock to fly out to end the inning.
The Master's College broke the game loose in the bottom of the fifth with the help of some defensive and pitching breakdowns by the Lions.
With one out, a single to left field by Mustang Caleb Mintz scored Pete Goeman.
Later, a single by Diamond and a Kirk Nungester walk loaded the bases with two outs for the Mustangs.
A wild pitch by Lions' relief pitcher Michael Anderson and two passed balls cleared the bases giving The Master's College a 5-0 lead.
"All three of them scored on wild pitches. I was shocked all three," Brooks said. "I don't think I've ever seen that."
Zeller went the distance for the Mustangs holding the shutout.
He finished with six strikeouts in the game and allowed four hits and improved to 3-0 on the season.
"I didn't really feel like I had my best stuff, but I battled out there and went as long as I could as hard as I could," Zeller said.
Goeman had one hit and scored two runs and Mintz went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
The Mustangs will look to stay unbeaten as they head to Azusa to take on Azusa Pacific on Wednesday.
"No losses among any of our pitchers," Woodward said. "There's a lot of confidence going into each and every game."


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