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Cress Pounds Out Two Home Runs in Warrior Sweep

March 23rd, 2012

Senior right fielder Coby Cress hit a home run in each game as Westmont Baseball (16-15-1) swept a doubleheader against La Sierra (2-17-1) on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors took the first game 12-0 then claimed the second by a score of 6-2.

Junior starter J.P. Cohn was awarded the win in the first game after pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing just five hits. Cohn struck out six and allowed one walk. Reliever Michael Kwan pitched the final two innings and did not allow a hit. Kwan struck out one and walked one.

Westmont scored a singled run in the first inning when Tim Leary’s ground out to short allowed J.J. Turbin to score from third. In the third inning, the Warriors added four more runs, three the result of Cress’ first home run that cleared the right centerfield fence. Westmont added three more runs in the fourth, and four in the fifth to complete the scoring.

Cress, who walked twice in the first game, was one for two at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs.

Catcher Jarratt Rouse was three for five at the plate for the Warriors and second baseman David Pennington was two for three with four runs scored. Third baseman David Gabel and first baseman Hunter Christenson were both two for four with Christenson collecting three RBIs and Gabel one.

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Leary Shines as Warriors Split Doubleheader with Hawks

March 20th, 2012

Making up a for a rained out doubleheader on Saturday, Westmont Baseball (14-15-1, 7-9 GSAC) hosted San Diego Christian (12-18, 7-9 GSAC) on Tuesday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors tallied 17 hits behind a fabulous pitching performance by Tim Leary to claim the first game 14-0. San Diego Christian posted three runs in the seventh inning of the seven-inning second game to claim an 8-7 win.

Leary (3-3) pitched the first seven innings of the opening game, allowing just three hits in the shutout. The senior struck out six without surrendering a walk.

“Coming off two rough games on Thursday and Friday where we felt like we beat ourselves on the mound, we tried to reset our focus and shift our mindset to getting first pitch strikes and staying ahead in the count,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “Tim did a phenomenal job of stepping in and filling that role. He has competed very consistently on the mound for us this year. The credit is all to him.”

Leary threw first pitch strikes to the first eight batters and to 22 of the 24 batters he faced. In the fifth inning, Leary threw eight pitches to retire the side, all strikes. Of his 104 total pitches, 70 were for strikes.

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Journey Ends in Quarterfinals

March 17th, 2012

As the second-half clock ticked down to zero, Westmont fans saw the 2011-12 the Warriors’ season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. It was the third game that Westmont had played on the parquet floor of the Frankfort (Ky.) Convention Center – and for this season, the last.

The Warriors (31-4) fell to Lubbock Christian (28-5) of Texas by a score of 66-61 in a game that was characterized by inverted halves. In the first half, Westmont made 53.8 percent of its shots from the field (14 of 26) while Lubbock Christian made just 35.5 percent (11 of 31). In the second half, the Lady Chaps shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27), while the Warriors struggled with a shooting percentage of 36.7 (11 of 30).

“All game long they were doubling and tripling our posts,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We struggled to hit shots from the perimeter to force them to take the double team off. It put our posts in a position where they had no clean looks or where they were trying to force things through a double team.

“For the most part, the posts were kicking out and finding our shooters. Our shooters just weren’t hitting shots today. Lubbock made a choice to make us have to beat them from the outside and we weren’t able to do it today.”

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Hawks Rally in Eighth to Beat Warriors

March 16th, 2012

Westmont Baseball (13-14-1, 6-9 GSAC) rallied from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Warriors couldn’t hold on and fell 9-6 in a Golden State Athletic Conference game on Friday afternoon to the Hawks of San Diego Christian (11-17, 6-8) in El Cajon.

Starter Dan Cabuling went three and two-third innings for the Warriors, allowing one run on two hits. Cabuling struck out six and walked two. Mitch Crocker took the mound in relief and went three and one-third innings, giving up four runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked one.

The loss was charge to Taylor Martin who pitched the eighth inning, giving up four runs on three hits. Martin struck out two but walked three.

San Diego relief pitcher Luis Rivas was awarded the win after pitching one and one-third scoreless innings and allowing two hits.

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On to the Quarterfinals with Win over Saint Xavier

March 16th, 2012

For the first time in team history, fourth ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball will play in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The Warriors earned the quarterfinal appearance in this year’s championship – which is presented by – by defeating Saint Xavier (24-9) of Illinois 70-56 on Friday in the Frankfort (Ky.) Convention Center.

The Warriors (31-3), a number one seed, will take on second-seeded and fifth-ranked Lubbock Christian (27-5) of Texas in the quarterfinals at 4:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. PDT). Lubbock Christian visited Murchison Gymnasium on November 19 and was handed a 76-71 defeat by the Warriors.

Despite missing the final eight and one half minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, Katie Kittle led the Warriors in scoring with 19 points. The senior also recorded five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“Katie Kittle came out as a senior and established the tone of the game right from the start,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Yesterday, Tugce (Canitez) did it. Today, Katie set the tone of how aggressive and confident we were going to be. Her confidence spread to everybody out there on the court.”

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Hawks Defeat Warriors

March 15th, 2012

Westmont’s five-game winning streak came to an end in El Cajon on Thursday as the Warriors (13-13-1, 6-7 GSAC) fell to San Diego Christian (10-17, 5-8) by a score of 6-1 in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

The same two teams will square off again tomorrow in El Cajon, beginning at noon. Due to rain in the forecast on Saturday, the doubleheader at Russ Carr Field has been rescheduled for Tuesday at noon.

San Diego Christian scored four in the second, one in the third and another in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. Westmont’s lone run came in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Tim Leary.

Starter Torin Shaikh took the loss for the Warriors after giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits in three innings of work. Shaikh struck out four without issuing a walk. Ryan Sullivan pitched the remaining five innings, giving up on run on seven hits.

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Saturday Baseball Rescheduled

March 15th, 2012

Due to a forecasted storm in the Santa Barbara area on Saturday, Westmont’s baseball doubleheader against San Diego Christian has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at Russ Carr Field. First pitch is planned for noon.

The Warriors and Hawks play single games on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16 in San Diego. Both games begin at three o’clock.

Westmont Advances with Win over Lyon

March 15th, 2012

Fourth ranked and number one seed Westmont Women’s Basketball held on to defeat Lyon (20-12) of Arkansas 59-57 in the first round of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by The Warriors (30-3) advance to the second round on Friday to take on St. Xavier (24-8) of Illinois at 12:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. PDT).

“It wasn’t our best game, but we haven’t played in a while,” said Westmont junior point guard Larissa Hensley. “We’re just getting back into things, being on the court for the first time. We got a win. We can focus on the next team now.”

“The name of the game in March is to survive and advance,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “To get the first win under your belt is huge. I feel confident that we are going to come back and shoot the ball much better tomorrow and play with a lot of confidence. Our players are excited and there is a lot to play for.”

Both teams exhibited first game jitters as the first seven combined possessions resulted in six turnovers. The Warriors seemed to find their game first and went up 11-0 in the first five minutes.

With 13:14 remaining in the first half, Tugce Canitez (19 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists) put the Warriors up 13-2. It prove to be the last points the Warriors would score for the next four and one-half minutes as Lyon narrowed the scoring margin to just three (13-10).

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