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TMC notebook: Mustangs heating up

Baseball has solid series with Westmont; tennis strong

Posted: April 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College head baseball coach Monte Brooks knew there would be ups and downs this season.

This week, the ups prevailed.

The Mustangs won three out of four games against Westmont, including a doubleheader sweep in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

The successful series can largely be credited a
balance of strong pitching and hitting.

Hurlers Charlie Gillies, A.J. Work and Tommy Kister all earned wins this week, while shortstop Tanner Leighton and center fielder Ben Ives both hit successfully in all four games. Ives is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.

The golf and track and field teams did not compete this week, but another squad did step up and get a solid win.

TMC opened the week with a 3-1 win over Westmont on Wednesday that was paced by two RBIs from Chris Talley, and a seven-inning, two-hit performance from Gillies on the mound.

However, the Warriors bounced back 6-1 on Thursday and handed pitcher Tyler Bersano his fourth loss of the season.

On Saturday, it was the Mustangs' turn to respond. TMC (19-16,8-14) earned 10-5 and 4-2 wins at Westmont.

Leighton had his 24th and 25th stolen bases in the set, and Work pitched a complete game in the second contest of the day, allowing two runs off seven hits with seven strikeouts.

In the high-scoring first game, Ives was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and his first home run of the season, Talley finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and Joe Riddle batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Kister entered the game in the fifth and pitched a strong four innings to secure the win.

Women's Tennis
The Mustangs opened the week strong with a 9-0 sweep of Hope International on Tuesday in Fullerton, and ran into the No. 1 team in the nation, Fresno Pacific. Still, TMC (5-10, 3-8) took three sets in a 6-3 loss in Fresno.

"We are deeper than we've been in a long time. ... This year, pretty much 1-6 are interchangeable," said Mustangs head coach Alan Harvey.

And the individual wins have come from all over.

Some days, it is the deeper in the roster from players like Kaitlin Thaxton and Abigail Zaretsky, while Nos. 1 and 2 players Maggie Becker and Courtney Ringler have key other victories. Tiffany Man and Karli Foerstel make up the middle of the lineup at Nos. 3 and 4.

TMC also shut out Hope Feb. 22 at the Paseo Club.

The Mustangs are back in action Tuesday when they host Vanguard. They will then travel to La Mirada on Saturday for a match with rival Biola.



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