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Baseball Claims 10-6 Win over Biola

March 19th, 2009

Westmont Baseball won for the third time in its last four games as the Warriors defeated the Eagles of Biola by a score of 10-6 in La Mirada on Thursday in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

After giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning, the Warriors (6-21, 4-14 GSAC) scored three runs in the top of the second. First baseman Mark Magdaleno led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Two outs later, designated hitter Colton Christianson singled to center, advancing Magdaleno to second. Center fielder Taylor Maddox drove Magdaleno in with a single to right before right fielder Charles Whitman doubled to left center to drive in Christianson and Maddox.

After Biola (14-13, 7-7 GSAC) tied the game at three with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, Westmont scored three more runs in the top of the third. Left fielder David Stout led off and reached on an error. A single by Magdaleno moved Stout over to second. Mark Boujikian stepped to the plate with men on first and second and two away and singled to left field, driving in Stout and advancing Boujikian to second. A walk to Christianson loaded the bases before Maddox singled through the right side scoring Magdaleno and Boujikian.


Season Ends for Women’s Basketball

March 18th, 2009

The 2008-09 season came to an end tonight for #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball as the team suffered a 63-51 loss to #17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament. The Warriors ended the season with a record of 22-9, matching the highest win total of any previous year and setting the best season winning percentage in Warrior history.

Lindsey Wilson (25-8) will advance to play top-seeded and top-ranked Union (Tennessee) which boasts a record of 33-1 after defeating Jarvis Christian (Texas) this evening 86-58.

“This is obviously not the outcome that we wanted,” said Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “I thought we came in well prepared and with a good mentality and I thought we played really hard. But Lindsey Wilson played extremely well. I give them a lot of credit for the way that they play.”


Women’s Basketball Honored as Champions of Character

March 17th, 2009
Champions of Character Award

Westmont Women’s Basketball will begin play Wednesday in the 2009 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship in Jackson, Tennessee when they face Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 9:45 p.m. CDT. But no matter what happens on the court during this week’s games, Westmont has already been declared a champion.

At Tuesday’s, Banquet of Champions held at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson, Westmont was named the recipient of the 2009 Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Award.

“I am excited for the players and their ability to keep their character first through all the adversity we have been through,” noted Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “I’m glad their commitment to that character was honored tonight. I am honored to coach these women. For others to see a little bit of who they are is really important to me.”

Warriors Split with Lions

March 14th, 2009

Westmont Baseball split a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Lions of Vanguard at Russ Carr Field on Saturday. The Warriors won the first game 4-3 and the Lions took the second by the same score.

In the early game, Vanguard (7-12, 3-9 GSAC) started things off with a single run in the second inning. It could have been much worse for the Warriors (5-21, 3-14 GSAC). With the bases loaded and one away, Vanguard right fielder Derek Craddock lined a base hit to first scoring the runner on third. Brett Siegmund, the runner on second, advanced to third but was held because of quick action by Warrior right fielder Brent Meschuk to get the ball back to first baseman Mark Magdaleno.

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Johnson Pitches Gem in Home Win

March 13th, 2009

Junior catcher Mark Magdaleno sent a two-run home run over the right-center field fence in the sixth inning as Westmont Baseball defeated Trinity International (Ill.) by a score of 5-1 on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. Magellan was three for four at the plate.

“The pitcher wasn’t throwing very hard so I was trying to stay up the middle,” said Magdaleno about standing at the plate with two outs and teammate Mark Boujikian on first base. “I was trying to extend the inning and didn’t want to be the last guy up. The pitcher left the ball up, I put a good swing on it and I was able to capitalize on the mistake he made. But I couldn’t have done it if Boujikian had not extended the inning and made him pitch some more.”


Women’s Basketball to Face Lindsey Wilson

March 12th, 2009

Westmont Women’s Basketball, number 16 in the final NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball rankings, will face #17 Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the first round of the 2009 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship on March 18. Wednesday’s game, which will be the first meeting between the two teams, is scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. CDT.

The national tournament is comprised of a field of 32 teams divided into four sections of eight teams each. The Warriors (22-8) are ranked at number four in their section while the Blue Raiders (24-8) are ranked at number 5. All 31 tournament games are played at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee with eight first round games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The Westmont-Lindsey Wilson game will be the final game played on the tournament’s opening day.

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Westmont Rally Falls Short

March 11th, 2009

Down by one run in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded, Westmont men’s baseball had high hopes as Sam Wiley, the team’s best hitter (.390 batting average) stepped to the plate with two outs. Wiley already had three hits on the day, including a double in the fourth inning that drove in a run. But a ground out to second base ended the game and Biola (12-11, 6-5 GSAC) escaped with a 5-4 victory.

Kyle Noe took the loss for the Warriors after giving up the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Noe pitched just one inning in relief, allowing two hits and one earned run. Timothy Crabbe was the starter for Westmont. Crabbe pitched five innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits and five walks.


Stevens Named to All-GSAC Team

March 11th, 2009
Amber Stevens

For the second year in a row, Westmont point guard Amber Stevens has been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Team.

“Amber is an incredible player and I am really glad that she continues to be recognized for what she brings to this team and how she has helped us succeed,” said head coach Kirsten Moore. “She has been an important key to helping us have a successful season.”

The junior, an alumna of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, averaged 9.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Stevens ranks fourth in the conference in assists (4.6/game), sixth in field goal percentage (52.6%), and eighth in steals (2.23). Her assist-to-turnover ratio was third best in the GSAC at 2.09.

“Amber has been a leader for us on both the offensive and defensive end of the court,” said Moore. “She has been a stopper for us and a spark that is able to create opportunities for us off of her defense. She has continued to develop her offensive game and her leadership at the point guard position. Her competitiveness and her fight to help our team be the best has really pushed us to continue to improve.”