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Warriors Sink Sea Beggars

April 12th, 2016
Matt Matlock celebrates his home run with teammate Luke Zosky.

Home runs in the early innings from Graylin Derke and Matt Mattock sparked #7 Westmont Baseball (32-7) to a 13-2 home win against the Sea Beggars from Providence Christian (6-34). The Warriors used 22 players in the Tuesday afternoon non-conference affair.

Derke’s three-run home run came in the bottom of the first inning. Mattock was the recipient of a lead-off walk and then advanced to second when Michael Valentine, Jr. was hit by a pitch. Alex Bush was walked to load the bases with no outs.

Jarrett Costa stepped to the plate and delivered a full-count pitch to right field for a sacrifice fly that scored Mattock. One out later, Derke deposited the ball over the right-center field fence, just in front of the scoreboard.

Matlock racked up his three-run home run in the bottom of the second. The inning started with a base on balls to Andrew Devian and Luke Zosky reaching when he was hit by a pitch. Matlock’s home run down the right field line cleared the batting cages beyond the foul pole. As a result, Westmont had a 7-0 lead with just two hits in the game.

Two more runs would score before the second inning came to an end. Valentin singled on a ground ball through the right side and then advanced when Bush was walked for a second time. That drove Sea Beggars’ starting pitcher Dylan Chavez from the game in favor of Robert Duran. Chavez was eventually charged with the loss.

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Warriors Complete Sweep

April 10th, 2016
Zach DeMarcus(Photo by Lydia Grenko)

Zach DeMarcus picked up his fourth win of the year as #7 Westmont Baseball (31-7, 17-4 GSAC) defeated William Jessup (3-27, 3-18) by a score of11-5 to complete a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference sweep. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, had been postponed due to inclement weather.

DeMarcus (4-0) pitched five innings for the Warriors, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out three and did not surrender a walk. Alex Bush was awarded a save after pitching the final four innings. Bush, who also served as the designated hitter for the first five innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, struck out six and walked one.

Westmont took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-double by Jarrett Costa. The senior catcher’s two-out drive to left field drove in Bush who had reached on a single to right.

Westmont added three more runs in the top of the second after Turner Conrad led off the inning with an infield single. Conrad was retired on ground ball to second by Michael Valentin, Jr. Austin McGilvra then reached on an error that moved Valentin to second.

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Warriors Sweep Doubleheader to Recapture First Place

April 8th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

Seventh-ranked Westmont Baseball (30-7, 16-4 GSAC) recaptured first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standing by sweeping William Jessup (3-25, 3-17) in a doubleheader at Yuba College.

With the dual wins, Westmont overtook #13 Vanguard (27-9-1, 16-5) moving one-half game ahead of the Lions. Vanguard has a bye from GSAC play this week. Last weekend, Vanguard took over first place with a three-game sweep of Arizona Christian (9-22, 6-18) while Westmont had a bye.

Despite giving up five runs in the bottom of the first, Westmont pitchers put up donuts the rest of the way while Warrior hitters served up a baker’s dozen to claim a 13-5 win in the opener. The Warriors scored 13 runs on 15 hits and took advantage of key Jessup miscues.

Westmont scored a single run in the top half of the first after Alex Bush reached on a bloop-double with two outs. Bush then stole third and was able to make it home on an errant throw from the catcher on the play.

Warriors March Past Eagles

April 6th, 2016
Luke Whalen (Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

By Kaci Mexico
April 6, 2016

In their second to last Golden State Athletic Conference match, ninth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (7-7, 6-2 GSAC) made a significant stride towards becoming GSAC regular season co-champions when they defeated Biola (10-11, 3-5 GSAC) by a score of 8-1.

If Westmont is victorious in their final conference match this Saturday, they will be GSAC regular season co-champions with San Diego Christian (9-3, 7-2 GSAC).

In singles play, the Warriors won five out of six matches.

Playing at number one, Carl Lindqvist defeated Philip Westwood 6-2, 6-4; at number two, Luke Whalen conquered Lucas Lee in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; at number three, Travis Kimsey was victorious against Luke Mountain 6-3, 6-1; at number four, Christian Mathis overcame Joe Turnquist 6-0, 6-2; at number five, Tommy Nightingale fell to David Garcia in three sets 7-5, 3-6, 6-4; and at number six, Jordan Strandness defeated Andrew Greenfield 6-3, 6-3.

Warriors Down Eagles

April 6th, 2016
Fernanda Rivera ( Photo by Angela Ave Brown)

By Kaci Mexico
April 6, 2016

In their second to last Golden State Athletic Conference match, eighth ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis (7-7, 7-1 GSAC) won their third consecutive match when they swept against Biola (5-14, 3-5 GSAC), defeating them 9-0.

In singles play, the Warriors won each of the six matches in two sets.

Playing at number one, Lauren Stratman defeated Madeline Heer 6-0, 6-1; at number two, Haley Strandness conquered Susan Carmichael 6-0, 6-0; at number three, Isabel Lee was victorious against Brooke Sanford 6-4, 6-0; at number four, Chloe Clement overcame Kelsey Post 6-1, 6-2; at number five, Fernanda Rivera was triumphant against Bailey McGeough 6-0, 6-1; and at number six, Zarina Huber defeated Taliah Hightower 6-0, 6-3.

Inside-the-Park Home Run Highlights Warrior Win

April 6th, 2016
Michael Stefanic rounds third on his way to an inside-the-park home run

Westmont Baseball (28-7) evened the score with Cal State Dominguez Hills on Tuesday afternoon at Russ Carr Field when they defeated the Toros (14-17) by a score of 8-3. On March 1, the Warriors lost to the Toros 6-8 in Carson. Brendon Shoemake (3-0) was awarded the win after pitching two innings in relief.

Dominguez Hills scored a single run in the top of the first to claim a 1-0 lead. A lead-off infield single by Brandon Polizzi was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Nick Morelli. When Brady Conlan ground out to shortstop, Polizzi advanced to third. A double to left field by Miguel Castaneda drove in Polizzi.

The Toros’ single-digit lead lasted until the bottom of the fourth when Westmont pushed six runs across the plate. Jarrett Costa started the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. One out later, Luke Coffee singled to right, advancing Costa to second base.

Michael Valentin, Jr. then stepped up to the plate and doubled down the left field line to drive in both Costa and Coffee. After Valentin advanced to third on a wild pitch and Levi Zosky struck out to record the second out of the inning, Robert Mendez produced an RBI-double to left field.

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Strandness Honored as Scholar-Athlete of the Year

April 5th, 2016
Haley Strandness (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
April 5, 2016

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table presented the Scholar Athlete of the year award for Westmont College to senior Haley Strandness of the Women’s Tennis team.

Strandness, who hails from Spokane, Washington, has found success on and off of the court as a student-athlete at Westmont.

Strandness is Biology major with a 3.89 GPA and has been on the Dean’s list from 2012-2016. She is currently a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and has also received the 2016 Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete Award for the Women’s Tennis team.

In tennis, Strandness has gone to Nationals in all three years of her collegiate career and looks to go again in her final year. She has a current singles record of 7-5 playing mostly at number four and a doubles record of 6-6 playing mostly at number two with partner Ines Costamagna.

Lindqvist Honored as GSAC Tennis Player of the Month

April 5th, 2016
Carl Lindqvist (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
April 5, 2016

Senior Philip Lindqvist of Sweden was honored as the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Month.

In the month of March, Lindqvist went 3-2 playing at number one singles and 3-2 playing at number one doubles with partner Travis Kimsey. Lindqvist has a number one singles season record of 9-4 and a number one doubles season record of 7-6.

In the Warriors’ 4-5 loss against Division II Concordia (CA), Lindqvist defeated Till Gettenberger 6-3, 6-3 playing at number one singles. In the Warriors’ 2-5 loss against Division I UC Riverside, Lindqvist defeated Julian Ruffin in three sets 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 playing at number one singles.

In the Warriors’ 5-4 victory over Arizona Christian, Lindqvist defeated Tyler Cawthorne 7-5, 6-2 at number one singles. At number one doubles, Lindqvist and Kimsey clinched a win over Cawthorne and Ezequiel Suarez 9-7.

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