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Women’s Tennis Hot in Conference Play

February 22nd, 2014

(PHOENIX) Step aside, Katniss Everdeen; the #12 Warriors of Westmont Women’s Tennis are the true “girls on fire.”

With the addition of Saturday’s 7-2 conference victory over the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-4, 2-3 GSAC) in Phoenix, the Warrior women now own an overall record of 5-3, with a growing undefeated streak of 4-0 in Golden State Athletic Conference competition.

Sophomore Lauren Stratman sustained her early season tear, ousting ACU’s number one singles player in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, moving to 6-1 on the year in individual play.

Fernanda Rivera, the second-year native of Veracruz, Mexico, made her 2014 debut in singles competition in lieu of two unavailable Warriors, Kate Stratman and Alyson Meyer. Rivera stepped up and performed, netting a two-set victory in number six singles: 6-4, 6-3.

Still recovering from mononucleosis, sophomore Jessica Cedillo had to retire in the second set of her number two singles m

Warriors Fell Oaks

February 21st, 2014
Second baseman Andrew Devian flips the ball to shortstop Joey Gonzales who is covering second.

Starter Torin Shaikh (3-2) gave Westmont eight and one-third solid innings on the mound and catcher Jarratt Rouse went three for three at the plate as Westmont Baseball (9-9) posted a 12-2 win over the visiting Oaks of Menlo (7-3) on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. Designated hitter Alex Bush was three for four at the plate, including a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

The Warriors posted a single run in the bottom of the second to take an early lead. Bush reached on a fielder’s choice that produced the second out of the inning. After Bush advanced to second on a wild pitch, Rouse singled up the middle to drive in Bush.

Both of Menlo’s runs came in the top of the fourth inning after lead-off batter Nick Quejado reached on an infield single and then stole second. One out later, Kyer Vega singled through the right side to move Quejado to third.

Aaron Suarez-Lopez then hit a hot shot to the mound that bounce far enough off of Shaikh’s foot to allow Quejado to score, Vega to take second and Suarez-Lopez to reach first with a single. Two batters later, Sam Shapiro doubled down the right field line to drive in Vega.

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Pollex’ Double in Eighth Gives Warriors the Win

February 21st, 2014
Chris Stroh

Westmont Baseball (8-9) sent six pitchers to the mound as it battled its way to a 6-5 victory over the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (3-3) on Thursday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the victory.

Freshman Steve Larson (1-0) was awarded the win after facing just two batters in the eighth inning. Senior Brandon Gildea (0-0) earned his second save of the season after he faced three batters in the ninth.

Matt Thornton took the loss for the Thunderbirds. He gave up two runs on two hits in one and two-thirds innings of work.

The Warriors made it a 1-0 game in the bottom of the first inning when Joey Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez had reached on a walk and taken third on a throwing error.

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Moore Honored by Basketball Writers

February 20th, 2014
Westmont Women's Basketball Head Coach Kirsten Moore

The United States Basketball Writers Association announced today that Westmont Women’s Basketball head coach Kirsten Moore has been honored as the recipient of the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award. According to a USBWA release, “The award stands for inspiration, hope and an undeniable spirit to persevere.”

Moore unexpectedly lost her husband Alex, a kinesiology professor at Westmont, in May of 2012 when he passed away from a pulmonary embolism following surgery for Crohn’s disease. Seven weeks later, Moore gave birth to a daughter whom she named Alexis in honor of her father.

In August of 2012, Moore met with her team and informed them that she intended to continue coaching. She invited the team to join her in what would doubtless be an emotional journey. The team, as well as the Westmont and Santa Barbara communities, rallied around Moore providing not only emotional support, but very practical support in babysitting, meals, yard work and much more.

Thunderbirds Hold on to Defeat Warriors

February 19th, 2014
Michael Frigon

In a back-and-forth battle at Russ Carr Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (3-2) came out on top, defeating Westmont Baseball (7-9) by a score of 5-3.

After three scoreless innings in which each team allowed just one hit, the Thunderbirds got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning. After Westmont starter Casey Schapper hit Jerod Bartnik with a pitch to start the inning, the Thunderbirds’ Kevin Biro and Bruce Yari each delivered a single to right field to fill the bases with nobody out.

Schapper let in a run when he hit Tyler Enns with a pitch, leaving the bases loaded. Vinny Martin stepped to the plate for British Columbia and lined a shot to Westmont freshman shortstop Andrew Devian who not only fielded the ball, but fired to Alex Bush at first base to retire Enns. Schapper then limited the damage to just the one run when he coaxed Brody Hawkins to ground out to first.

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Warriors Can’t Stop Mustangs

February 18th, 2014

Westmont Women’s Basketball (16-8, 7-4 GSAC) had trouble filling in the nets on Tuesday night and dropped a key Golden State Athletic Conference game to #7 The Master’s (20-6, 8-3) by a score of 68-46. The ninth-ranked Warriors shot just 24.2 percent compared to the Mustang’s 47.1 percent.

With 10 minutes to play in the first half and the score tied a 13, The Master’s produced a 15-0 run over the next five minutes. The Warriors would not cut the deficit to a single-digit the rest of the game.

Sampson, who missed the last 11 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Esther Lee added another 10 points.

The Mustangs were led in scoring and rebounding by Jacquelyn Marshall who tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds. Megan Lindsley added 15 points while Whitney Best contributed 12 points and four rebounds.

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Men’s Tennis Remains Perfect, Preps for Second-Ranked Stags

February 18th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont Men’s Tennis now boasts an unblemished 5-0 (3-0 GSAC) record after defeating two Golden State Athletic Conference opponents over the previous four days.

Following a narrow 5-4 escape against the Eagles of #12 Concordia (2-3, 2-1) this past Saturday, the Warriors went on to trounce the Royals of Hope International (0-4, 0-4) 9-0 on Tuesday.

The Eagles challenged the Warriors to the wire, losing the match only after Westmont’s senior duo of John Bertram and Tim Goranson utilized four match point service attempts to finally drop Concordia’s number two doubles team 8-6.

Against the Royals, Westmont did not falter in solo play, as all six of the Warriors’ singles players took their matches in two sets. Furthermore, Westmont was without two prominent squad members – senior Rodrigo Schaefer and junior Joshua Barnard.

Harmening Earns Fourth Win

February 16th, 2014
Brandon Gildea

Russell Harmening earned his fourth win of the season on Saturday as Westmont Baseball (7-8, 4-8 GSAC) took the first game of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader, defeating #9 Concordia (12-5, 5-4) by a score of 6-4. The Eagles claimed the second game 4-3 in extra innings.

Harmening allowed three runs on three hits over seven innings or work. He struck out seven batters and walked two.

Brandon Gildea earned the save after entering the ninth with bases loaded and no outs. Gildea coaxed the Eagles’ Dillon Bryant to hit into a double play without a run scoring. Then, Gildea retired Hodges on a ground out to first to preserve the win.

The Warriors posted their first run in the first inning when David Gabel drove in Gildea on a single through the left side. Gabel drove in Westmont’s second run in the third inning, driving in Joey Gonzales from third base with a sacrifice fly to center field.

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