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Warriors Claim Opening Game in GSAC Tournament

April 30th, 2015
Alex Bush

Alex Bush, the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was called up to take the mound for #14 (38-13) Westmont Baseball in the first game of the GSAC Championship. The junior right-hander pitched the Warriors to a 2-1 win over #21 Concordia (40-15).

Bush (4-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in eight and two-third innings of work. He struck out four and did not allow a walk. The loss was charged to Robbie Ingram (7-2) who pitched a complete game.

The decision to start Bush, who has served as the Warriors number four starter this season, means that Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz still has all three of his regular starters available for the rest of GSAC Championship play.

“A couple of things went into that decision,” said Ruiz. “Number one, it is Thursday – one day before we normally play – and we have pushed our starters pretty hard this year. They have done a great job and have carried us a lot, in terms of our pitching staff. I didn’t feel we needed to bring those guys back a day early, especially just coming off of having played Concordia.

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Cappuccilli Named as Women’s Soccer Coach

April 30th, 2015
Chantel Cappucilli has been named the 11th head coach for Westmont Women's Soccer

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Chantel Cappuccilli will take over as the head coach of Westmont women’s soccer. Cappuccilli, who has served as an assistant coach under Kristi Kiely for the past two seasons, becomes the program’s 11th coach in what will be it is 34th season. Kiely announced her resignation last month in order to take an assistant coach position at the University of Arkansas.

“We had a very large applicant pool as our program is considered a top tier opportunity for many,” said Odell. “In the process of considering other applicants, I became more and more certain that the right choice for Westmont was right under our noses.”

“Truly, I am speechless,” said Cappuccilli. “I abound in thankfulness and could not be more excited to lead the women’s program. Thank you to our athletic director, Dave Odell, and Westmont faculty and staff who were a part of the selection process. Also, thank you to Kristi Kiely for showing me what it means to be a woman of faith, integrity and grace while leading a group of women on and off the soccer field.”

Cappuccilli attended Saint Mary’s (Calif.) where she played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons. After her sophomore year, Cappuccilli transferred to California Baptist. Sidelined with an injury for the 2010 season, Cappuccilli finished out her career at California Baptist in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Cappuccilli holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports management from California Baptist.

Women’s Tennis Receives GSAC Honors

April 29th, 2015
tennis seniors

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Two of Westmont’s women’s tennis athletes have officially received Golden State Athletic Conference honors for their 2015 season. Lauren Stratman was named GSAC Player of the Year, while both Stratman and Ines Costamagna were named to the GSAC All-Conference Team.

Success is not something that is new to Stratman, as this will be her second time receiving both of these honors. In 2014, the conference recognized her amazing, stand out talent as she posted an impressive 21-2 record while playing in the number one singles position.

This season has not been much different. Stratman has held true to her talent and has excelled both as a player and a teammate. She has notched a record of 17-2 on the number one singles court thus far, with her only losses coming from an injury forfeit and dropping a match to the reigning NAIA National Champion from Xavier (La.) On the court, she is a consistent player who is always doing her best to help the team succeed. Off the court, she is a phenomenal teammate. Once she is done playing, you can find her courtside for the other Warrior matches, cheering on her teammates as they battle for points. Stratman is currently the GSAC overall singles leader with her impressive record of 17-2.

The newest member to the Warrior roster, Ines Costamagna, sure made an impact in her first year representing Westmont. She immediately stepped in to the number two singles position and has earned a record of 15-1 so far. As a transfer, she has past experience of high level collegiate tennis and it shows in her play. Though battling injuries all season, Ines has shown up time and time again for her teammates and remained calm when put to the test. She currently ranks amongst the top number two singles players in the GSAC.

Sato, Gipson Sign with Westmont

April 29th, 2015

Westmont Women’s Basketball head coach Kirsten Moore has announced the signing of two talented student-athletes: Kayla Sato (West Torrance High School, Torrance) and Macy Gipson (Westview High School, San Diego).

Reflecting on the signing of such a dynamic duo, Moore remarks, “Having been to two NAIA Fab Four and winning a National Championship in the last three seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team. Yet what I really love is that we have such a great academic program to offer our student-athletes that will equip them for success long after their basketball careers are over.

“Both of these aspects of the student-athlete experience are enhanced by the overall character development that takes place in this uniquely special community here at Westmont College. It is because of the combination of all these factors that we have signed two remarkable student-athletes, Macy and Kayla, to join our Warrior family.”

Men’s Soccer Announces Seven Recruits

April 29th, 2015
Westmont signed seven recruits for the 2015 season. (Left to right: Dash Wulterin, Tim Heiduk, Sam Martin, Asher Booth, Collin Scott, Gabe Thurner. Not pictured: Jeremiah Anderson).

Westmont Men’s Soccer has announced the signing of seven recruits for the Class of 2015. These student-athletes, with an outstanding combined grade-point average of 3.83, will matriculate at Westmont in the fall. All reside in California, four from Southern California, one from the Central Valley, and two from the Bay Area.

“This is an exciting class that will add depth and talent to our already strong returning nucleus of 20 players,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “We have a vibrant program right now, and are thrilled to be adding a group of players who have distinguished themselves both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Each of these recruits has visited campus multiple times and it is clear that each is the right ‘fit’ for our program.”

The incoming class consists of Jeremiah Anderson from San Jose, Asher Booth from San Diego, Tim Heiduk of Goleta, Sam Martin from Fresno, Collin Scott of Solona Beach, Gabe Thurner of Pleasanton and Dash Wulterin from Orange.

“This is a talented recruiting class,” Wolf commented, “All seven have played at a high level of club soccer and have participated in the top regional and national club tournaments in America. The coaching staff is confident that this class will be able to make an immediate impact on the field next fall.

Warriors Collect Multiple All-Conference Awards

April 28th, 2015
All-GSAC Selections (left to right, top to bottom): Alex Bush, Russell Harmening, Will Barring, Blake Matthias, Daniel Butler, Michael Stefanic, Michael Pollex, Ryan Crowe

The 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Team has been released and it includes eight members of the Westmont. In addition, junior right-hander Russell Harmening of Oceanside has repeated as the GSAC Pitcher of the Year and junior first baseman Alex Bush of Menifee has been named the GSAC Player of the Year.

Joining Bush and Harmening on the All-GSAC team are senior centerfielder Will Barring of Tustin; freshman second baseman Michael Stefanic of Boise, Idaho; senior right field Blake Matthias of Las Vegas, Nevada; sophomore designated hitter Michael Pollex of Henderson, Nevada; junior catcher Ryan Crowe of Ladera Ranch and sophomore starting right-handed Daniel Butler on Lone Tree, Colorado.

Eight All-GSAC award recipients is the most Westmont has recorded in a single season. The previous high was four during 1987 – the conference’s inaugural year.

Bush leads the conference in both batting average (.406) and in hits (73) and set a school record for runs scored with 51. He has displayed not only consistency, but also power with 10 doubles, four triples and eight home runs.

Bush has also served as an occasional pitcher for the Warriors. In seven appearances (six starts) he has a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 1.61. In conference play, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

Russell Harmening has pitched 102 innings for the Warriors making 14 starts. He has put together a record of 10-2 with an ERA of 1.41. Harmening has served up 87 strikeouts this season while issuing just 16 walks. Opposing line-ups have averaged just .159 against him. Harmening holds the school record for career wins at 28.

Butler has a record of 9-0 on the season and has earned a win in each of his final eight starts during the regular season. He has acquired an ERA of 2.25 while holding opponents to a .239 batting average against. Butler has struck out 47 and walked 19.

Butler has a record of 9-0 on the season and has earned a win in each of his final eight starts during the regular season. He has acquired an ERA of 2.25 while holding opponents to a .239 batting average against. Butler has struck out 47 and walked 19.

Butler Tabbed for Pitcher of the Week Honors

April 28th, 2015
Daniel Butler

After throwing his third complete game in a row and defeating Concordia 2-0 last Saturday, Westmont’s Daniel Butler has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Butler, a sophomore from Lone Tree, Colorado, has produced a record of 9-0 this season and an earned run average of 2.25.

Butler has won each of his last eight starts, including the last two against ranked opponents.

In Saturday’s game against #19 Concordia (40-14), Butler allowed just three hits, all in different innings, and gave up just one walk while recording two strikeouts. The right-hander faced just 31 batters over the nine innings, four more than the minimum. No Eagle base runner advanced past second base.

The Warriors finished the regular season with a record of 37-13 overall and 31-11 in GSAC play. Their second place finish – two games behind The Master’s – has earned them the number two seed in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament that begins on Thursday in Santa Clarita. The Warriors will begin tournament play with a 9:00 a.m. game against Concordia.

Butler is the second Warrior this season to collect honors from the GSAC. On March 23, senior center fielder Will Barring was named the GSAC Player of the week after going eight for 14 in one game against William Jessup and three games against San Diego Christian.

Westmont Finishes Second in GSAC Standings

April 25th, 2015
Alika McGuire slides into second.

On the final day of the regular season, #11 Westmont Baseball (37-13, 31-11) split a doubleheader with #19 Concordia (40-14, 29-13), capturing two games out of the three-game series. Westmont won the first game 2-0 behind a complete game effort by sophomore Daniel Butler (9-0) before dropping the second game 4-3.

Butler gave up just three hits while facing 31 batters over nine innings, striking out two and walking one. Butler has recorded a win in each of his last eight starts and has thrown complete games in his last three outings.

Offensively, the Warriors scored a single run in the third and fourth innings. With one away in the third, Michael Stefanic was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second when Alex Bush singled through the right side. A single by Will Barring drove in Stefanic.

A one-out single by Rudy Leon in the fourth inning gave the Warriors a base runner. Ryan Crowe doubled down the right field line resulting in two runners in scoring position. After Stefanic grounded out to third, Bush was intentionally walked. That brought up Barring who was unintentionally walked, giving the senior center fielder his second RBI of the game.

The second game saw Concordia take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs and runners at second and third, John Bornhop singled to center to drive in both runners.

Before Westmont recorded an out in their half of the fourth, the Warriors had both runs back. They would add one more before the inning was over.

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