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Baseball Sweeps #18 Concordia

March 7th, 2015
Will Barring

Westmont Baseball competed at three-game sweep of #18 Concordia by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Warriors claimed the first game 5-3 and then won the nightcap 7-4.

Starter Daniel Butler (2-0) earned the win in the first game, pitching six and two-thirds innings. Butler gave up three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two. Stephen Larson pitched a scoreless one and one-third innings in relief before yielding to Hector Lujan who earned his second save of the year by pitching the ninth.

The Warriors benefited by a pair of early two-run home runs. In the first inning, Will Barring followed a triple by Alex Bush with a home run to left center. Then in the second inning, Rudy Leon knocked the ball over the left field fence after Steven Pollex was walked.

Westmont’s fifth run came in the top of the seventh after Ryan Crowe received a lead-off walk. Michael Stefanic advanced Beveridge (who was running for Crowe) to second on a ground out to the pitcher. One out later, Barring singled up the middle to drive home Beveridge.

[game 1 box score] [game 2 box score]

Mitchell Repeats as National Champion

March 7th, 2015
Westmont Women's Track and Field finished fifth at the NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Thanks to today’s first place finish in the 600 meters by senior Elysia Mitchell and three additional All-American performances, Westmont Women’s Track and Field took fifth place at the NAIA Indoor National Championships – the highest finish in program history. The Warriors tallied 41 points, just two points out of fourth place.

Mitchell’s win makes her the first Warrior to repeat as national champion since Amber Nixon won the outdoor high jump in 2002 and 2003.

“Elysia ran a very controlled race, chasing the person who took a hard lead,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “Once she took the lead with about 160 meters to go, she kept it and extended it all the way down the home stretch. She won it cleanly – no challenge.

Mitchell is now a 10-time NAIA All-American – more than any other athlete in Warrior history.

The Women’s 4 x 400 meter relay claimed All-American honors with a fourth place finish while setting a school record of 3:47.21.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Warriors Post Win over Concordia

March 6th, 2015
Michael Stefanic

Westmont Baseball (17-7, 11-6 GSAC), picked up a Golden State Athletic Conference win on Friday afternoon over #18 Concordia (21-4, 16-3) in the first game of a three-game series. The Warriors outhit the Eagles 9-5 and also benefited from four Concordia miscues.

Russell Harmening picked up the win for the Warriors, his sixth of the year against one loss. Harmening pitched seven and one-third innings giving up two runs on two hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

The Warriors scored one run in the top of the first. After Alex Bush delivered a one-out triple, Will Barring drove a ball to left field for a sacrifice fly.

Concordia evened the score in the bottom of the first when Mitchell Esser doubled to drive in Ryan Goodman. Esser was thrown out trying to stretch the two-bagger into a triple.

The Warriors went up 3-1 in the top of the third inning. Ryan Crowe reached on an error to start things off and was replaced on the base pads by Ryan Beveridge. Michael Stefanic advanced Beveridge to second on a sacrifice bunt before Bush hit a single up the middle to drive in the courtesy runner.

Dalton Earns Second All-American Title

March 6th, 2015
Alexus Dalton

A day after taking second in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, Westmont’s Alexus Dalton has earned her second All-American honor by finishing as runner-up in the long jump.

On her fourth attempt, Dalton jumped 5.76 meters (18-10.75) and came within 0.06 meters (3.25 inches) of catching Oklahoma Baptist’s Elizabeth Dadzie who finished first. Dalton’s previous best jump this season was 5.55 meters (18-2.5). The junior transfer’s jump was the third longest in Warrior history; just 0.09 meters off of Kasey Kearin’s school record of 5.85 meters.

Also competing in the event was Kristan Holding who finished 21st with a jump of 5.09 meters (16-8.5).

Elysia Mitchell won the third heat of the women’s 600 meter run, posting a time of 1:36.16. As a result, Mitchell will have an opportunity to defend her national championship which she won last year. Mitchell was the third fastest finisher out of all the heats.

Taryn Phipps just missed qualifying for the finals in the 800 meters, despite running a personal best 2:14.85. After leading most of the way, Phipps finished third in her heat and ninth overall. Phipp’s time was the sixth fastest in the Warrior record books.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

On to the Next

March 6th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It has been said that to “create something exceptional, your mindset must be focused on the smallest details.” It is safe to say that since day one of this season, the Westmont men’s basketball team has been focused on being great. Despite the original low conference standing, despite the critics and despite the limits that have seemingly been put on this team, the men have never wavered. You will not hear a Westmont player talk about how “young they are” or about how “good other teams” are in the conference- because to them, that doesn’t matter. They are focused on the small details that make them Warriors.

Small detail #1: This is a team that is relentless.

Tonight, in the GSAC Tournament First Round, the Warriors showed just how relentless they are. The men took the court in The Murch one last time and defeated The Master’s Mustangs 89-75. From tip off to final buzzer, the Warriors were locked in on defense and firing on all cylinders offensively. They knew the game plan, and they executed it well.

“I have said it many times tonight, but Britton Williams started the game for us and played tenacious defense'” opened head coach John Moore. “He set the standard and we were able to maintain it for most of the game.” The junior guard was quick on his feet and was continually getting the ball to the open shooters. He finished with four points, six assists and four steals.

“The smallest guy on the floor (Williams) and the tallest guy on the floor (Carlin) were very valuable to us this evening,” exclaimed Moore. “Tonight was the last night for Daniel Carlin in a Warrior uniform at home. For him to play as special of a game as he did was very rewarding for him and for the team.”


Dalton, Collier Claim All-American Honors

March 6th, 2015
Alexus Dalton took second and Becky Collier sixth in the women's pentathlon. Photo by Bryan Avendano

Three athletes from the Westmont Women’s Track and Field time finished in the top 10 in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Alexus Dalton posted a school record mark of 3,729 points to finish as the national runner-up.

“Alexus had a fabulous meet. She fouled twice in the shot put and she had to take a safety in it,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “Her second put was actually good. She put her foot on the inside of the toe board and pushed off of it to save the throw and the referee called it a foul.

“Alexus ran valiantly in the 800 meter to hold her spot, making a personal best time,” offered Smelley.

Becky Collier earned her fifth All-American honor with a sixth place. Collier tallied 3.449 points.

Kristan Holding just missed All-American honors with a ninth place finish. With 3,293 points, she finished just 10 points out of eighth place.

“Kristan was only five points off her personal best in the pentathlon,” said Smelley.

[Westmont men’s results] [Westmont women’s results]

Men’s GSAC Tournament Begins Tonight

March 5th, 2015
GSAC TOurnament

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Tonight, #21 Westmont men’s basketball team (20-9) will tip off against The Master’s College (10-17) as they begin the GSAC Tournament First Round at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Murchison Gymnasium.

The Master’s College was one of the first conference teams that Westmont took on this season. Back in December, the Warriors defeated the Mustangs in an electrifying 87-71 home court victory. The men were nothing but consistent during this game. Cory Blau notched 14 points in the first half, and matched it with 14 in the second. Daniel Carlin earned one of his early season double-doubles with 19 points and eleven rebounds. Karczewski and Harman each contributed to the win with 12 and ten points respectively. This game was different than most for The Masters College since three of their five starters were on the bench- including lead scorer and rebounder Russell Byrd. The Mustang’s men certainly rallied in the absence of the starters, with two players (Dyer and Jenkins) reaching double digit points. But ultimately, the Warrior men walked away with the victory.

The second meeting of the season was on the road in Santa Clarita, Calif. in front of a sold out crowd of cheering Mustang fans. These kind of games are difficult, but have proven to be the most fun. With a motto of “silence the crowd” the Warriors went to work against a gym full of opponents. The Westmont men came hot out of the gate and took a quick 27-8 lead. But in the final minutes of the first half, the Master’s players were able to put an additional 21 points up on the board, giving the Warriors a slim 35-29 lead going into halftime. Like many games this season, the second half proved to be the better half for Westmont. With a defense that was locked in and three point shooters who were on fire, they were able to hold on to their lead for the entire final 20 minutes of the game and ended with an 81-68 victory.

[Tournament Bracket]

Warriors Falter in First Round

March 5th, 2015
Krissy Karr

It was a disappointing night for #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-6) who lost to Hope International (16-15) by a score of 72-67 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The loss came despite 25 points from junior guard Krissy Karr who made seven buckets from beyond the arc.

“Credit Hope tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They had a great game plan, they stepped up and executed and they played a great basketball game.

“I am definitely disappointed in my team’s effort and especially focus on the little things. My hope now is that this fuels us to be a better team in the next two weeks – that we are able to get tougher in the areas we need to get tougher and that we bring a very different presence to the national tournament.

“I believe our body of work has put us in a position where we can have a chance to play again and we can take advantage of that and be a better team than we were tonight.”

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