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TMC notebook: Back-to-back gems

Baseball team has strong pitching day; tennis, golf stumble

Posted: April 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

As far as pitching goes, Saturday was just about as good as it gets for The Master’s College.

In a doubleheader against Westmont, Mustang pitchers combined to give up a run off just four hits to pick up a pair of wins for starters Charlie Gillies and Daniel Sheaffer.

Head coach Monte Brooks said he doesn’t recall ever seeing two back-to-back performances on the same day during his 16-year tenure as the school’s baseball coach.

“I know we’ve played very, very well,” Brooks said. “But I don’t know if we’ve ever had a four-hitter in two games like that.”

Gillies went the distance in the first game, which finished with a 1-0 TMC win.

The senior right-hander struck out 16 and carried a perfect game into the eighth inning, when Westmont’s David Gabel hit a two-out double for Westmont’s lone hit of the game.

“He was throwing 90-plus consistently with a lot of movement and his breaking ball was really moving,” Brooks said. “It was breaking late.”

Sheaffer took the mound in the second game at Reese Field, giving up a run off three hits in a 3-1 win. Tommy Kister took over for Sheaffer in the seventh and retired Westmont in order to preserve the victory.

Together, the wins helped TMC take three-of-four from Westmont this week’s series, which was a needed boost coming off a lengthy losing streak.

Elsewhere in TMC athletics, the track and field team is preparing for the Cal-Nevada Championships in Claremont, which will serve as a final tune-up before a much more prestigious meet the following week.

As for men’s golf and women’s tennis, it was a tough week of competition.


Coming off seven straight losses and a nose dive in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings, TMC picked up three big wins over the Warriors to move to 23-14 overall, 12-11 in GSAC play.

The week started with a streak-ending 3-1 win on Thursday in Santa Barbara followed by a 2-1 loss the following day.
That series was capped off by Saturday’s doubleheader sweep.

In Thursday’s game, the Mustangs scored three unearned runs to support a seven-inning, one-run performance by A.J. Work, who picked up the win on the mound.

Tanner Leighton went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game.

The Warriors got the better of TMC on Friday, winning with a walk-off RBI single by Brent Fukushima in the ninth inning.
It will be a busy week for the Mustangs, who are in the middle of a nine-game stretch through eight days.

“Everybody’s got to participate and clutch up,” Brooks said. “I mean our guys are really going to have to take on the challenge.”

Next up is a make-up game against Azusa Pacific on Monday followed by four non-conference games, two against La Sierra and two with Cal State San Marcos.

Track and Field

The Cal-Nevada Relays began on Saturday, but TMC won’t have athletes competing in any events until today.

The big meet for The Master’s College will come next week at the Stanford Invitational, where runners Anthony Pizzo and John Gilbertson have both qualified in the 5,000-meter race.

Both athletes will take part in the top-level event running on April 6 and 7.
Men’s Golf

Sophomore Thane Ringler shot a three-day score of even par to pace TMC at the Battle of Primm, which concluded on Tuesday.

As a team, the Mustangs took ninth place out of 16 teams at the tournament, which took place at the par-72 Primm Valley Golf Course in Primm, Nev.

Ringler finished tied for eighth individually out of 81 golfers with his three rounds of 74, 66 and 76.

Teammate Daniel Mothershead came in a stroke behind Ringler with a 1-over 217, good for a 12th place tie.

Oklahoma Christian University won the event with an overall score of 2-under, while TMC finished at 27-over.

Next on the docket for the Mustangs is the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

Women’s Tennis

The NAIA No. 1-ranked Fresno Pacific team showed why on Tuesday, beating TMC 8-1 to drop the Mustangs to 2-12 overall, 2-9 in the GSAC.

Abbie Zaretsky was the lone set winner for The Master’s College, beating Fresno’s Erin Carlson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles round.

On Monday, TMC heads to Costa Mesa to face Vanguard.



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