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Men and Women Earn GSAC Championships

April 25th, 2015
Westmont Men's and Women's Track and Field - 2015 GSAC Champions

Westmont swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships this weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams claiming first place. For the women, it is the first conference championship in school history. For the men, it is their third win in a row.

Westmont’s women posted 267.50 points to beat out Biola who tallied 211.50 points. Concordia claimed third place with 133.50 points while Vanguard took fourth with 85.50 points.

Of the 22 events, Westmont women won 10. Elysia Mitchell competed in four events – two individual and two relays – and won all four. On Friday she teamed up with Kylie Moore, Noelle Crosby and Alexandria Adams to win the 4 x 800 meter relay in a time of 9:35.75.

On Saturday, Mitchell won the 100 meter dash, tying the school record with a time of 12.05 meters. Later, she posted a time of 63.35 in the 400 meter hurdles to earn not only a GSAC championship, but also automatic qualifying mark into the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In the final event of the meet, Mitchell, Adams, Kaylin Koopmans and Taryn Phipps won the 4 x 400 meters with an automatic qualifying mark of 3:52.08.

[Track Results] [day two photos]

Warriors Win in 11

April 25th, 2015
Zach Demarcus

The Warriors are learning to play long ball. Not the kind of long ball that comes from hitting the ball deep into the outfield or over the fence – though Westmont (36-12, 30-10 GSAC) is pretty good at that – but rather the kind that comes from extra innings. For the second game in a row, Westmont has taken 11 innings to decide a baseball game. This time, however, the Warriors emerged for the extended frames with a 4-3 win over #19 Concordia (39-13, 28-12).

The game began as a pitching duel between Westmont’s Russell Harmening (10-2) and Concordia’s Isaiah Terrazas (4-2). Neither starter, however, figured in the decision. Terrazas pitched seven innings giving up one run on six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Harmening – the Warriors’ career leader in wins with 28 – went eight and two-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. He did not allow a walk and struck out five.

Westmont put up a run in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Steven Pollex that drove in Blake Matthias from third. Matthias led off the inning with a single through the right side, advanced to second on a single by Graylin Derke and took third on a wild pitch.

Concordia answered back, however, with a run in the top of the third when an RBI-double by Kyle Jones drove in Ryan Goodman.

In the bottom of the eighth, Nick Boyett took the mound for the Eagles and gave up a lead-off walk to Michael Frigon. A sacrifice bunt by Michael Stefanic moved Frigon to second before a single by Alex Bush gave the Warriors runners on the corners with one away. Will Barring then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to give Westmont a 2-1 lead going into the top of the ninth.

[box score]

Warriors Lead GSAC Championships

April 25th, 2015
Sierra Wallen

After the first day of competition, both Westmont’s men’s and women’s teams have built a sizeable lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships. Westmont’s women have scored 100.5 points and hold a 43.5 points lead over Biola with 57 points. Concordia sits in third with 33 points while The Master’s is fourth with 25.

In the men’s competition, Westmont is up 94 to 43 over second place Biola – a 51 point margin. Arizona Christian is currently in third place with 41 points and Vanguard is in fourth with 25.

The men claimed GSAC Championships in four events on the first day of the two day competition. The men’s 4 x 800 meter relay time of Jacob Grant, Kyle Frederickson, Tyler Bradford and Thomas Hamline posted a time of 8:04.12 to record more than a 19 second victory over Biola.

Shane Rowan claimed the conference crown in the long jump, posting a mark of 6.79 meters (22-3.5). Westmont’s Ben McCollum finished second in the event with a mark of 6.40 meters (21-8).

In the men’s shot, it was Ben Kingsley who won for Westmont with a put of 14.83 meters (48-8).

[Track Results] [photos]

Pioneers Overcome Warriors

April 22nd, 2015
Steven Pollex

Warrior bats managed just five hits against Pioneer pitching as #11 Westmont (35-12) dropped a non-conference affair to Antelope Valley (20-26) on Wednesday afternoon at Russ Carr Field.

Antelope Valley pitcher Oscar Estrada (3-5) claimed the win after pitching four and one-third innings. Estrada allowed two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two. Julio Rivera was awarded his first save of the season after closing out the ninth inning.

Westmont starter David Gaydos took the loss for the Warriors. He pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. Gaydos struck out five and did not surrender a walk.

Adrian Farago pitched two and one-third scoreless and hitless innings for the Warriors. Shane Turner and Zach DeMarcus each pitched one inning giving up a hit each but no runs. Hector Lujan pitched the ninth, retiring the side in order while collecting two strikeouts.

Antelope Valley scored two unearned runs after Eric Vegas reached on an error to lead off the top of the second inning. One out later, Darron Teson singled up the middle to put Pioneer runs on first and second. Joe Tourville then doubled down the left field line to score Vegas and move Teson to third. Nycholas Bongiovanni, who pinch ran for Teson, eventually scored when Whaylan Price singled to center field.

Warriors and Mustangs Split Epic Doubleheader

April 19th, 2015
Rudy Leon

It was a classic battle between the two of teams at the top of the Golden State Athletic Conference baseball standings on Saturday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. At stake was a claim on first place going into next weekend’s final series of the regular season.

Westmont (35-11, 29-10 GSAC), ranked at number 13 in the NAIA national coaches’ poll, had the opportunity to move into a tie with #5 The Master’s (38-9, 31-8) if they could sweep the Mustangs in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Warriors nearly pulled it off.

Westmont took game one 4-1 behind a complete game performance by sophomore right-hander Daniel Butler (8-0) to set up the first-place showdown in the nightcap.

In the second game, the Warriors held a 4-3 lead going into the final scheduled inning. However, The Mustangs scored an unearned run to send the game into extra innings. Five runs in the top of the 11th, four off a grand slam by Nick Covello, secured the win for the Mustangs.

In the opener, Butler threw a four-hitter, striking out four without allowing a walk. He faced just 30 batters and threw just 99 pitches. The only run he surrendered was the result of a lead-off, line-drive home run to right field by Caleb Halverson in the ninth.

[game one box score] [game two box score]

Harmening Holds Mustangs to Two Hits

April 17th, 2015
Russell Harmening

Westmont Baseball (34-10, 28-9 GSAC) claimed the first game of a three-game series with #5 The Master’s (37-8, 30-7) behind a two-hit, complete game pitching gem by Russell Harmening.

The junior right-hander faced just 30 batters over nine innings, striking out nine while allowing one walk. Harmening threw 108 pitches to notch his 10th win of the season against two losses. He allowed just four balls to leave the infield, three of which resulted in fly outs.

The game started as a pitching duel between Harmening and the Mustang’s Jason Karkenny, two of the top pitchers in the GSAC. However, Westmont bats broke through for three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to supply the offensive firepower the Warriors needed.

Alex Bush was hit by a pitch to start the fourth inning and then stole second base. On the next pitch, Bush advanced to third on a passed ball. One out later, Blake Matthias powered a double to right center field to drive in Bush and put the Warriors on the board with what would prove to be the winning run.

[box score]

Eliminated by the Eagles

April 16th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) It was a day of upsets at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as both the number four seed Vanguard defeated the number one seed Arizona Christian and the number three seed Concordia defeated number two seed Westmont. Under the blazing desert sun, Westmont battled all afternoon in a competition that came down to the last two singles matches, but eventually fell 5-3 to the Eagles.

“First of all, we need to give credit to Concordia who played really, really well. They meshed their talent, focus and desire together to get a great win,” opened Coach McManigal. “On days like this it is hard because there are a few people on our team who won and I want them to know how well they did. Lauren and Ines in doubles and singles both really played well. They had to work hard against strong opponents and I know that these losses are especially hard for them.”

The afternoon started with doubles play against the Eagles. As usual, Ines Costamagna and Lauren Stratman handled the tough parts of their match with ease as they took down Ivana Vlakic and Ellie Johnson 8-3. Court number two featuring Haley Strandness and Alyson Meyer was a battle as they took on Caitlyn Uzzi and Layla Accorsi. Unfortunately, the Eagles took the 8-3 final win of that matchup. Court number three was the longest matchup of doubles play as Emily Keach and Grace Davis played Ulrike Hahn and Kelsey Markle. The set went back and forth so many times with multiple match points, but in a tiebreaker round, the Eagles came out victorious with scores of 9-8 (12-10).

Warriors Swept in the Semifinals

April 16th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) The Westmont men’s tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament run came to an end this morning in the semifinal round as they dropped their final match 5-0 to an undefeated #3 Vanguard University team.

Coming off of a great win against Biola University yesterday, the men were looking for some successful sets this morning as they started off with doubles play. But when you go against a talented, undefeated roster like Vanguard, you truly need the odds to be ever in your favor.

“I felt that all three courts of our doubles got off to a bit of a sluggish start,” opened Mark Basham. “My hope was that we could be confident and get some early opportunities in those matches. But unfortunately we didn’t. Although Vanguard has some of the very best talent, I was confident that at number two we could be successful or at least very, very competitive. They competed well, but we were simply outmatched.”

On court number one, Carl Lindqvist and Joshua Barnard battled it out with Stefan Kilchohhfer and Roger Muri who handily won 8-2. Right next to them was Christian Mathis and Travis Kimsey who went back and forth with Fabio Silva and Michael Rjazanov who won with another score of 8-2.