In what started as a classic pitching duel but turned into a marathon eighth-inning scoring rally, #16 Westmont (6-1) defeated the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (9-2) by a score of 6-5 on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field.
Westmont starting pitcher Daniel Butler (2-0) allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and issued just one walk – an intentional walk in the sixth inning. Butler left the game with the Warriors up 3-1 and did not figure in the decision.
Sam Sheehan (1-0) picked up the win for the Warriors after facing four batters in the bottom of the eighth. Sheehan allowed neither a hit nor a run and struck out one.
British Columbia starter Alex Web (3-0), who entered the game with a 0.53 ERA, allowed two runs on four hits over six innings but was not charged with the loss. The loss was assigned to Christian Botnik who pitched the eighth inning for the Thunderbirds, giving up three runs on two hits while striking out two.