Mustangs Claim World Series Berth

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 20th, 2016


Michael Rishwain

Michael Rishwain
(Photo by Angela Brown)

The NAIA Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket came to an end on Thursday when The Master’s defeated William Carey (Miss.) by a score of 5-4 to claim the championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. William Carey had reached the championship game by defeating Westmont by a 10-3 margin in the day’s first game.

Game Seven Recap
William Carey bats came alive early in the game as the Crusaders scored seven runs before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. The Crusaders started in the second inning with a two-run home run by James Land. William Carey added another run in the second on an RBI single by Mitch Little.

Land struck again with a solo home run in the third to give William Carey a 4-0 lead. Land tallied five home runs during the tournament to tie an Opening Round record.

The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning, two on a double by Tyler Odom and one on a sacrifice fly by Nick Lowe.

The top of the fifth saw the Warriors break into the scoring category when Alika McGuire singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in Michael Stefanic and Michael Valentin, Jr.

The bottom of the seventh turned into another three-run inning for William Carey. Wes Brown’s infield single drove in Stevie Hubbard and Tyler Richardson’s single to right brought home Little and Brown.

The only other run came in the top of the ninth when McGuire singled to right-center to scored Michael Frigon from third.

Starting pitcher J.D. Little (8-1) was awarded the win after throwing 173 pitches over nine innings. Little allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out 10 and walking six. Westmont starter Zach DeMarcus (4-1) was charged with the loss.

Championship Game Recap
Jason Karkenny went the distance for the Mustangs, allowing four runs on five hits in the championship game victory. The junior right-hander threw 135 pitches, striking out five and walking two.

The Master’s offense gave Karkenny a nice cushion by putting up four runs in the top of the first inning. The first two runs came via a single to left by David Sheaffer tahe drove in Max Maitland from third and Brandon Van Horn from second. Collin Nyenhuis then deposited a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence for a two-run home run.

William Carey made it a ball game in the bottom of the third when Nick Lowe produced a three-run home run to left field. Tyler James and Tyler Odom scored on the play.

In the top of the fifth, The Master’s extended their lead to 5-3 when Michael Sextion drove in Brandon Van Horn with a double to left-center field.

In the bottom of the eighth, Land delivered his final home run of the tournament – a two-out, solo shot to center field. However, it was not enough to catch up with the Mustangs.

William Carey starter Mason Woodrow was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning of play.

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