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TMC notebook: Men’s hoops headed to NCCAA finals

Baseball and women’s tennis in midseason play

Posted: March 10, 2012 10:30 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2012 10:30 p.m.

Spring sports are under way at The Master’s College with the baseball team in midseason form.

The squad took to the diamond this week in Golden State Athletic Conference play, finding success against conference foe San Diego Christian.

The women’s tennis team, struggling to start the season, faced off with Concordia this week in their ninth match of the season.

But while The Master’s College has two teams approaching the midway point of their seasons in baseball and women’s tennis, respectively, it was the postseason run of the men’s basketball team that made headlines.

The men’s team competed in the West Regional of the National Christian College Athletic Association and defeated Hope International 60-56 to win the regional and advance to the national championship tournament in Indiana on Wednesday.

The Mustangs found themselves in a deep hole in the first half, trailing 38-26 at halftime.

But they weren’t ready to go home just yet.

“We want to keep playing basketball,” TMC guard Leif Karlberg said. “I’m going to play basketball until they tell me to stop playing basketball.”

TMC stormed back in the second half to improve to 19-14 on the year and keep the season alive.

“In Indiana, there will be a lot of good teams there. Teams that are in the same position we are. I’m excited to see how we respond to that and see where we’re at. We’re excited to play some more,” Karlberg said.

The Master’s advanced to Thursday night’s game with an 86-63 victory over Corban College of Oregon on Wednesday night.

Things were a bit easier for the Mustangs in that game, as they took a 47-25 halftime lead and shot 50.8 percent from the field.

In baseball, the Mustangs swept a doubleheader with San Diego Christian at TMC on Thursday.

In game one, TMC (20-6, 9-3) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before exploding for seven more runs in a 9-2 victory.

A.J. Work picked up the win in that game, working seven innings and giving up just two hits, one walk and striking out five.
In the second game, The Master’s also opened up a 2-0 lead, but SDC’s four-run sixth inning sent the game to extra innings tied at four.

In the ninth inning of what was scheduled to be a seven-inning contest, TMC’s Tanner Leighton tripled to lead off the inning and scored the winning run after a throw to third bounced into the Mustangs’ dugout.

San Diego Christian tried to get revenge for the losses when it hosted TMC on Saturday in a doubleheader at San Diego Christian College.

In that series, the Mustangs split two games, falling 9-4 in game one.

But the Mustangs responded in the second contest, opening up a 5-0 second-inning lead en route to an 11-1 victory.
Left fielder Steven Karkenny led the Mustangs in the second game, going 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.
Joe Riddle, Ryan Shackeford and Jonathan Popadics each tacked on two RBIs in the game.

Scott picked up the win for the Mustangs, going seven innings with one earned run, two walks, eight hits and five strikeouts.

In the first game, Charlie Gillies took the loss, giving up seven hits in six innings and five earned runs, while striking out eight batters.

TMC took a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, but back-to-back four-run innings for SDC in the sixth and seventh proved too much for the Mustangs to overcome.

Women’s tennis
The Master’s women’s tennis team also competed this week, falling to 2-8, 2-5 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, after an 8-1 loss to Concordia on Monday.

The Master’s lone victory came in the No. 6 singles match, where Abigail Zaretsky defeated Ulrike Hahn by default.
The Mustangs struggled all day, with three singles players being swept and the closest loss being Ellie Johnson’s 6-2, 6-1 defeat by Jennifer Keith.

In doubles, Zaretsky and Karli Foerstel won five games, but ultimately lost 8-5 to Hahn and Kristin Yep.


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