Warriors Leave 12 on Base in 2-1 Loss

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 25th, 2009


A seventh-inning, two-run homerun by Fresno Pacific’s Anthony Lowell proved to be the difference in the game as Westmont Baseball (9-22, 6-15 GSAC) fell to #24 Fresno Pacific (19-9, 13-8) at Russ Carr Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors out-slugged the visitors 10-6, but stranded 12 men on the base pads in the loss.

“It was just one of those days when you do everything right but come up with a loss,” said Head Coach Scott Deck. “We had 10 hits and did everything possible except drive in the runs. With men on base we hit line drives but right at them. We made no errors and played great defense.”

Westmont’s lone run came in the second inning. Center fielder Taylor Maddox singled to deep short with one away and advanced to second base when designated hitter Colten Christianson blooped a single into right field. Shortstop Zeke Torres singled through the right side to load the bases with no outs. Maddox scored on a fielder’s choice by right fielder Brent Meschuk on which Torres was retired at second. The inning came to an end when Meschuk was caught stealing second.

Westmont had another chance to score when Sam Wiley tripled with two away in the bottom half of the third. First baseman Mark Magdaleno lined the ball sharply but right at Lowell, the Sunbirds’ centerfielder.

After Wiley connected for a single through the right side in the bottom of the sixth inning, two Warrior batters were hit with a pitch to load the bases with two away. But another line-out to center, this time by Christianson, ended the inning.

The Warriors left two on base in the seventh inning after Torres led off with a single down the left field line. Torres took second on a sacrifice bunt by Meschuk and reached third on a single to right by third baseman Jordan Bottenfield. With one away, left fielder David Stout sent a fly ball to left field, but not deep enough for Torres to tag up and score. That brought up Wiley who sent a deep fly ball to right-center field. But the Warrior threat ended when Lowell caught the ball with his back up against the fence.

In the eighth, the Warriors failed to capitalize on a Sunbird error which gave Westmont runners on second and third with two outs. Torres took the plate and sent yet another ball to centerfield which fell into Lowell’s glove.

The Warriors had one final chance at pushing across runs in the ninth inning after Meschuk led off with a single to left-center. Bottenfield came up with a bunt single to put men on first and second with nobody out. Stout then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up one base. That brought up Wiley who was intentionally walked, loading the bases with one away. But the game came to an end when Magdaleno’s ground ball to second resulted in a double play.

Tim Crabbe took the loss for the Warriors after pitching seven plus innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, struck out seven and walked seven.

“Tim struggled on the mound at the beginning but settled in and pitched a great game,” said Deck,

Six of the right-hander’s walks came in the first three innings but double plays in each of those innings prevented Fresno Pacific from scoring.

Starter David Hawes picked up the win for Fresno Pacific. He pitched six and one-third innings, giving up one run on six hits. He struck out only one batter but did not allow a walk.

The Warriors’ loss was the eighth this season by a single run.

The two teams will square off again tomorrow, this time in Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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