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Men’s Tennis to play Bethany at Nationals

May 12th, 2016

By Kaci Mexico

After falling in the championship match of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, #14 Westmont Men’s Tennis (9-8) waited until earlier this week to find out that they had received a number six At-large bid into the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Tournament.

In the opening round of the tournament, the Warriors will face #19 Bethany (Kan.) (13-3) from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Like the Warriors, Bethany was the regular season champions of the KCAC, but lost in the championship match of the KCAC Tournament. The Swedes received the number nine at-large bid into the tournament.

Westmont out of GSAC Tourney

May 10th, 2016
Graylin Derke congratulates Jarrett Costa for his home moments before following suit.(Photo by Angela Brown)

The lower seeds have prevailed through six games of the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, which is not good news for the host, Westmont College. Through six games, every lower seeded team has won.

Westmont (41-11), which is ranked at number six in the NAIA and is the top seed in the GSAC Tournament, dropped its second game today to fourth-seeded Menlo (35-21) by a score of 9-3. As a result, the Warriors have suffered an early departure from the double-elimination tournament.

Also exiting today was second-seeded Vanguard (37-15-1) which fell to Menlo earlier in the day by an 8-4 score. Biola (31-25, 15-15) is the only remaining undefeated team after they hobbled the Mustangs of The Master’s (35-17) by a 3-2 score.

Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., The Master’s and Menlo will face off in an elimination game. The winner will then match up against Biola at 2:00 p.m. If the Eagles triumph in tomorrow’s second game, they will be declared the GSAC Tournament Champions and will be awarded the conference’s automatic berth into the NAIA Baseball National Championship. If the Eagles lose, a final winner-take-all game will be played on Thursday at noon.

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Eagles Upset Warriors in GSAC Tournament

May 10th, 2016
Mound Meeting

Sixth-ranked and top-seeded Westmont Baseball (41-10) fell victim to the long ball on Monday – the opening day of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Warriors fell to the fifth-seeded Eagles of Biola (30-25) by a score of 4-2.

The Warriors scored a run in the second and a run in the third to take an early 2-0 lead.

Graylin Derke received a walk to lead of the second inning before reaching second when Derek Rodigo was hit by a pitch. Alike McGuire stepped to the plate and hit a ground ball to third. The Eagles’ attempt at a double play retired Rodigo at second. However, and error on the play allowed Derke to score.

Michael Stefanic led off the third inning with a bomb off the left field fence but was only able to reach first base due to an an injury he suffered on his way to the bag. Austin McGilvra was called upon to take Stefanic’s place before Michael Frigon laid down a bunt single, giving the Warriors men on first and second with no outs. Alex Bush singled to right center to drive in McGilvra for the only run that would score in the inning.

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Westmont to Host GSAC Tournament

May 7th, 2016

Russ Carr Field has been a busy place the last two days, hosting Westmont’s Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. There will be no rest for the verdant field, however, which will return to its intended purpose for two collegiate baseball tournaments over the next two weeks.

Westmont Baseball will host the GSAC Baseball Tournament beginning May 9 and the NAIA Opening Round Tournament beginning on May 17. Both tournaments are in a five-team, double-elimination format.

First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Monday in Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. Top-seeded Westmont (41-9), will host second-seeded Vanguard (37-13-1), third-seeded The Master’s (34-16), fourth-seeded Menlo (33-20) and fifth-seeded Biola (28-25).

This will be the eighth GSAC Tournament, which was first held in 2009.

Play begins with Biola and Menlo in game one, followed by Vanguard and The Master’s at noon. The third game, which is slated for a three o’clock start, will feature Westmont and the winner of the Biola-Menlo game.

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Warriors Reap Rewards

May 7th, 2016
(Left to right, top to bottom) Alex Bush, Daniel Butler, Jarrett Costa, Alika McGuire, Derek Rodigo, Sam Sheehan, Michael Stefanic, Robert Ruiz.

The Golden State Athletic Conference postseason baseball awards have been announced and the line-up is littered with Warriors. Six Warriors were named to the All-GSAC team, four are gold glove recipients and Robert Ruiz was named the GSAC Coach of the Year.

Ruiz has also been named the 2016 Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Collegiate Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with UC Santa Barbara Baseball Coach Andrew Checketts. Ruiz will be honored at the Evening with the Athletes ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 at the Lobero Theater.

Gracing the All-GSAC roster are catcher Jarrett Costa of Fremont, first baseman Alex Bush of Menifee, second baseman Michael Stefanic of Boise, Idaho, outfielder Alika McGuire of Pearl City, Hawaii, starting pitcher Daniel Butler of Lone Tree, Colorado and relief pitcher Sam Sheehan of Bonita.

The Gold Glove was handed out to Costa, Bush, Stefanic and right-field Derek Rodigo of Carmichael.

Costa recorded a batting average of .329 in 48 games this season. His 54 hits include 11 doubles and four home runs. Costa drove in a team-high 42 runs for the Warriors. As a catcher, Costa posted a fielding percentage of .990, committing just three errors in 290 chances.

Bush led the Warriors with a batting average of .356 this season despite missing 13 games due to injury. Bush tallied 11 doubles, a triple and five home runs to record a .563 slugging percentage. The senior went errorless on the season, making the most of all 256 fielding opportunities. Bush was also perfect as a baserunner, stealing eight bases in eight attempts.

Honors for Women’s Tennis

May 2nd, 2016
Lauren Stratman (left), Ines Costamagna (middle), and head coach Kendyll McManigal (Photos by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
May 2, 2016

After winning the Women’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, individuals from the #7 Westmont Women’s Tennis team (10-7) received further recognition. Senior Lauren Stratman, Junior Ines Costamagna, assistant coach Nicci Yvanovich, and head coach Kendyll McManigal were all honored.

Stratman was named the GSAC Women’s Tennis Player of the year for the third year in a row, was named to the All-GSAC team and honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an NAIA Regional Award Winner for Senior Player of the Year.

Stratman was 12-3 on the season in number one singles and was unstoppable with a 9-0 record in conference play. She was also 14-2 in number one doubles, with partner Isabel Lee.

Honors for Men’s Tennis

May 2nd, 2016
Carl Lindqvist (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
May 2, 2016

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Two Warriors from the Fifteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis team (9-8) received honors for their individual accomplishments on the court. Senior Carl Lindqvist and freshman Jordan Strandness each received honors. Additionally, assistant coach Geoff Pryce was honored.

Lindqvist was named to the All-GSAC Men’s Tennis Team for the second year in a row and honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an NAIA Regional Award Winner for Senior Player of the Year.

Playing at number one singles, Lindqvist went 11-4 on the season; and at number one doubles, he went 8-8 on the season with partner Travis Kimsey. Lindqvist led the Warriors to a regular season GSAC Championship and to a second place finish in the GSAC Tournament.