The Warriors are learning to play long ball. Not the kind of long ball that comes from hitting the ball deep into the outfield or over the fence – though Westmont (36-12, 30-10 GSAC) is pretty good at that – but rather the kind that comes from extra innings. For the second game in a row, Westmont has taken 11 innings to decide a baseball game. This time, however, the Warriors emerged for the extended frames with a 4-3 win over #19 Concordia (39-13, 28-12).
The game began as a pitching duel between Westmont’s Russell Harmening (10-2) and Concordia’s Isaiah Terrazas (4-2). Neither starter, however, figured in the decision. Terrazas pitched seven innings giving up one run on six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Harmening – the Warriors’ career leader in wins with 28 – went eight and two-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. He did not allow a walk and struck out five.
Westmont put up a run in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Steven Pollex that drove in Blake Matthias from third. Matthias led off the inning with a single through the right side, advanced to second on a single by Graylin Derke and took third on a wild pitch.
Concordia answered back, however, with a run in the top of the third when an RBI-double by Kyle Jones drove in Ryan Goodman.
In the bottom of the eighth, Nick Boyett took the mound for the Eagles and gave up a lead-off walk to Michael Frigon. A sacrifice bunt by Michael Stefanic moved Frigon to second before a single by Alex Bush gave the Warriors runners on the corners with one away. Will Barring then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to give Westmont a 2-1 lead going into the top of the ninth.