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Lions Get Past Warriors

March 23rd, 2016
Michael Rishwain

Westmont Baseball (23-5, 13-3 GSAC) dropped the first game of a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference series to #18 Vanguard (22-7-1, 12-4), falling to the Lions by a score of 3-1.

Daniel Butler (6-1) took the loss for the sixth-ranked Warriors. Butler pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits. He struck out four and walked three. Christian Lumanlan (2-0) earned the win for Vanguard by pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing five hits. Michael Jordan pitched the ninth inning and was awarded the save. Jordan allowed one run and gave up two hits.

Both teams led off their respective halves of the fifth inning with a double – Alika McGuire for the Warriors and Matt Harris for the Lions. Westmont was unable to bring McGuire home but Harris was able to score from third on a ground out by Justin Vega.

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Butler Honored

March 22nd, 2016
Daniel Butler

After pitching the team’s first no-hitter in 39 years, Westmont’s Daniel Butler has been named both the NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. He was also named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Male Athlete of the Week.

Butler faced the minimum 27 batters during Friday’s outing against Arizona Christian (9-16), which the sixth-ranked Warriors (23-4) won by a score of 6-0. Of his 102 pitches, Butler threw 66 for strikes and fanned seven.

The Firestorm’s lead-off batter, Christopher Burks, reached when he was hit by a pitch. Hector Ortiz reached first on a fielder’s choice that saw Burks retired at second. Tate Erikson then hit into a double play. Butler retired the next 24 batters in order.

For the season, the junior right-hander has compiled an ERA of 1.45 in 62 innings of work and a record of 6-0. He has struck out 35 and walked just 11. The Warriors have won all eight games that Butler has started.

Men’s Tennis Remains on Top

March 22nd, 2016
Travis Kimsey

By Kaci Mexico
March 22, 2016

Ninth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (5-4, 5-0 GSAC) continued to remain undefeated and in first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference after they clinched a victory over Arizona Christian (4-7, 2-4 GSAC) this past Saturday. The final score was 5-4.

The Warriors found themselves down 4-2 by the end of singles play, and pulled off a 3-0 sweep in doubles play to come back and win the match.

In singles play, Carl Lindqvist improved to 8-1 in number one singles when he defeated Tyler Cawthorne 7-5, 6-2; and at number four, Luke Whalen defeated David Castano 6-1, 6-1.

The Firestorm was victorious in the other four singles matches. At number two, Santiago Galeffi defeated Travis Kimsey in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; at number three, Seth Moore defeated Christian Mathis in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; at number five, Ezequiel Suarez overcame David Akin in three sets 1-6, 6-3, 7-5; and at number six, Michael Munguia conquered Jordan Strandness 6-2, 6-4.

The Warriors won all three doubles matches to ultimately earn the win.

Warriors Down #7 Firestorm

March 22nd, 2016
Lauren Stratman

By Kaci Mexico
March 22, 2016

For the first time in three years, tenth ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis (4-5, 4-1 GSAC) defeated seventh ranked Arizona Christian (11-1, 5-1 GSAC) this past Saturday, to deliver the Firestorm their first loss of the season. The score was 6-3.

“Today feels very good,” said head coach Kendyll McManigal. “For three years this team has beat us 4-5 and for three matches. So today to over-come that with a 6-3 win is huge for us as a team. I am so proud of each woman today.”

“We set a tone that we had improved since our first meeting and were in it to win it,” continued McManigal. “The Firestorm are a very good team with a solid record, however our women came out united, with a positive energy and kept it up until the last point!”

In doubles, the Warriors were victorious in two out of the three matches. Playing at number one, Lauren Stratman and Isabel Lee fought to clinch a win over Desiree Jackson and Mikayla Morgan in a tie breaker 9-8 (7-0); at number two, Ines Costamagna and Haley Strandness battled their way to a 9-7 victory over Lulia Marcenco and Tia Okano; and at number three Fernanda Rivera and Chloe Clement were defeated by the Firestorm’s Desiree Curiel and Lauren Garcia 5-8.

Warriors Take Two

March 19th, 2016
Michael Stefanic

Westmont Baseball (23-4, 13-2 GSAC) rallied from a deficit in both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep of Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Arizona Christian (9-5, 6-11).

In the opener, the Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 6-4 win. Then in the nightcap, Westmont posted three runs in the fourth and six in the sixth to notch an 11-4 win.

David Gaydos started on the mound for the Warriors in the first game but did not figure in the decision. He gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings while striking out four. Lance Simpson (1-1) picked up the win after pitching the scoreless seventh inning. Simpson faced just three batters, giving up one hit.

The Warriors struck first offensively, scoring a single run in the bottom of the first. Michael Stefanic doubled to center and then advance to third on a wild pitch. Stefanic scored when Alex Bush grounded out to second.

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Butler Throws No-No

March 18th, 2016
Daniel Butler

Westmont’s Daniel Butler (6-0) threw a no-hitter on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field in the #6 Warriors’ 6-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Arizona Christian (9-14, 6-10). This marks the third game in a row in which Butler has gone nine innings. With the win, Westmont improves to 21-4 overall and 11-2 in GSAC play.

“I actually thought he had one of the slowest starts he had all year,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “One of his strengths is getting ahead in the count – but he wasn’t in the first two innings. However, he was obviously still having success. In the second inning, I was thinking this might be a short outing for him. But he got a little bit better every inning.”

In the top of the first inning, the Firestorm’s lead-off man, Christopher Burks, was hit by a pitch. Hector Ortiz then reached first on a fielder’s choice that saw Burks retired at second. Tate Erickson then hit into a double play that went first base to shortstop to pitcher.

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Warriors Fall Short in Second Round

March 18th, 2016
Photo by Kaci Mexico

By Kaci Mexico
March 18, 2016

After a largely successful season, that included an undefeated home record, a Golden State Athletic Conference regular season Championship, a GSAC Tournament Championship, and a winning record of 29-4, number one seeded Westmont Women’s Basketball fell to fifth-seeded Lindsey Wilson (28-6) in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. The score was 59-63.

“They are a really good team and we knew they are a really good team – they had a couple of really dynamic scorers on that team,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore. “For the majority of the game we led and I was proud of how our bench played – Morgan Haskin was great again tonight and has really has grown up so much in this tournament. It was a frustrating game for us because we had a lot of good looks that we normally make and we didn’t stick the ball in the basket with those opportunities that we had.”

The Blue Raiders went on a 10-3 run to start out the game and the Warriors answered with an 11-2 run that lasted until midway into the second quarter to take a four point lead (21-17). Aimee Brakken had a three-pointer and a jump shot, Lauren Sende had two free throws, Krissy Karr had a jump shot, and Moran Haskin had a layup.

Fourth-ranked Jeffs Edge Out Fifth-ranked Westmont

March 18th, 2016

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Jeffs of Amherst (Mass.) (7-1) are on a massive tour of Southern California. In full, the fourth-ranked squad in NCAA Division III is competing in 17 matches over the course of six days: with matches against such opponents as #11 Concordia (L 5-4), Hope International (W 9-0), and fourth-ranked Vanguard (W 5-4).

On Tuesday, fifth-ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (6-3) served as the sunny (high of 75 degrees) host to the team hailing from central Massachusetts (high of 44 degrees). Although the weather outside was warm, the Jeffs left the Warriors feeling cold, defeating the home side by a score of 6-3.

Without customary number one doubles and singles participant, eighth-ranked (ITA) Rodrigo Schaffer, unavailable due to a coaching decision, Westmont head coach Mark Basham relied on last season’s top doubles duo to provide an early spark.