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  • Thursday, August 13

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC at UCSB
        Exhibition, 7 pm

  • Friday, August 14

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at CSU Bakersfield
        Scrimmage, 7 pm

  • Monday, August 17

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Cal Poly SLO
        Scrimmage, 1 pm

  • Thursday, August 20

    • Volleyball
      • Biola Summer Slam
          WC vs. Hastings, 12 pm
          WC vs. Col. of Idaho, 8 pm

  • Friday, August 21

    • Volleyball
      • Biola Summer Slam
          WC vs. Rocky Mountain, 10 am
          WC vs. Bellevue, 6 pm

  • Saturday, August 22

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Viterbo, 12 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at UC Santa Barbara
        Exhibition, 7 pm

  • Monday, August 24

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Northwestern, 4 pm

  • Wed, August 26

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Azusa Pacific
        Scrimmage, 4 pm

  • Friday, August 28

    • Volleyball
      • At Biola
          WC vs. Oklahoma City, 1 pm
          WC vs. Life Pacific, 4 pm

  • Saturday, August 29

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Roosevelt, 1 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Marymount, 3:30 pm

Barring Signed by Mets

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 23rd, 2015
Will Barring

Westmont outfielder Will Barring of Tustin has signed a free agent contract with the New York Mets and has seen his first action as a minor league ball player. Barring has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Mets, a rookie league team that plays in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

“I am thrilled to see Will get this opportunity with the Mets organization,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They chose someone that will add value every minute he is able to be a part of their organization. He is a leader with relentless work ethic. I couldn’t be happier for him. I know he will represent Westmont College and Westmont Baseball very well in his professional career.”

Barring debuted today in a game against the Gulf Coast League Marlins. In the top of the eighth, with two away, Barring pinch ran for Victor Moscote, taking over at first base. Unfortunately, the next batter grounded out to first, ending Barring’s first day as a member of the Met’s organization.

In four years at Westmont, Barring recorded a career batting average of .335, tallied 192 hits including 12 home runs and collected 113 RBIs. The centerfielder was a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection (2013, 2015) and was tabbed for NAIA All-American honorable mention honors this past season.

Three Warriors Drafted by MLB Teams

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 10th, 2015
Top Row: Russell Harmening, Andrew Vasquez. Bottom Row: Hector Lujan

Three Warrior pitchers – Russell Harmening, Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan -were selected in the 2015 First-Year Player’s Draft which concluded today. In all, 40 players from the NAIA were drafted this year, led by Westmont, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist which had three each.

“I am very excited for each of the three players in our program that were selected in this year’s draft,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “Each of these individuals possess a unique skillset that should serve them well in their pursuit of a professional career. I am thankful that the organizations who selected them saw their potential and am confident that they will represent our program and college well in their professional careers.”

In addition, Westmont incoming freshman Taylor Bush – brother of Alex Bush – was selected in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals. Bush has committed to Westmont and is not expected to sign with the major league club.

Harmening, who has one more year of eligibility with the Warriors, was taken in the 26th round by the Nationals. The Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year posted an ERA of 1.59 last season while producing a record of 10-3. In 16 appearances, Harmening struck out 95 and walked just 17 batters. Harmening is the Westmont record holder in career wins with 28.

Westmont Takes 11th in Directors’ Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 10th, 2015
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For the sixth year in a row, Westmont Athletics has finished in the top 20 in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup which is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The 11th place finish in the final 2015 standings is the fourth highest in program history. In both 1999 and 2002, the Warriors finished in seventh place. In 1996, the inaugural year of the Directors’ Cup Award, Westmont placed 10th.

The Directors’ Cup seeks to recognize athletic programs which perform well over a variety of sports. Points are awarded based on the best finishes at the national championships by an institution’s teams. A limit of six men’s teams and six women’s teams may add to the point total.

Westmont tallied 601, just 1.5 points behind Cal State San Marcos in 10th place and 23.5 points ahead of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 12th place.

A national championship runner-up finish by men’s basketball earned 90 points for the Warriors while the women’s basketball program brought in 83 points as a national championship semifinalist.

Bush Honored with Gold Glove

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 2nd, 2015
Alex Bush

Westmont junior Alex Bush of Menifee is one of nine baseball players to be named to the 2015 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove team. Bush also received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition as did teammates Russell Harmening of Oceanside, Will Barring of Tustin and Blake Matthias of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Gold Glove award recipients, selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee, are honored for their defensive play. One player is chosen for each position. Bush was selected for his play at first base.

Out of 408 defensive chances, Alex Bush recorded 378 putouts, 29 assists and just one error, resulting in a fielding percentage of .998. Bush was on the receiving end of 26 double plays on the season.

Bush is just the second Warrior to receive an NAIA Gold Glove Award.

Stars of the Diamond Sparkle in Classroom

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 1st, 2015
(Left-right) Russell Harmening, Taylor Martin, Steven Pollex.

Three Westmont Baseball players have received accolades for their performances in the classroom. Junior pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball Team for the second year in a row. Last season, Harmening was named to the second team, this year he is one of two pitchers selected for first team honors.

Additionally, Harmening, senior pitcher Taylor Martin of Huntington Beach and senior left-fielder Steven Pollex of Henderson, Nevada have all been named as both NAIA Scholar-Athletes and Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Scholar-Athletes.

Harmening, a mathematics major with a GPA of 3.77, is a three-time Dean’s List student. The Presidential Scholar was the winner of the Golden Eagle Award and the Cliff Hamlow Character Award. Harmening solved and published two problems in the Mathematical Association of America‚Äôs College Mathematics Journal.

Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 27th, 2015
John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

2015 Season is in the Books

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 14th, 2015
Blake Matthias

The 2015 Westmont Baseball season came to an end today with a 12-3 loss to #4 Georgia Gwinnett (49-13) in the Lawrenceville Bracket of the NAIA Championship Opening Round. Westmont finished the season 41-17, setting a new record for wins in a single season.

The Warriors scored a single run in the first inning when Blake Matthias singled to right field to drive in Ryan Beveridge from third.

The Grizzlies responded in the top of the second with two runs to take the lead – the beginning of 12 unanswered runs. Georgia Gwinnett went on to add four more runs in the fifth and six runs in the seventh.

Westmont picked up its final two runs in the eighth. Matthias picked up his second RBI of the day when his single to right-center allowed Alex Bush to score. Ryan Beveridge then pinch hit and singled through the right side to drive in Will Barring.

This marks the second year in a row that the Warriors have earned a spot in the NAIA Opening Round – the only two times in Westmont history. Westmont baseball has continued the trajectory of improvement that has accompanied the six years that Robert Ruiz has served as head coach.

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Vasquez, Sheehan Pitch Warriors to Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 14th, 2015
Andrew Vasquez

Westmont starter Andrew Vasquez and reliever Sam Sheehan combined for 18 strikeouts on a Wednesday night in Georgia as #15 Westmont (41-16) posted a 6-2 victory over St. Catharine of Kentucky (38-17) in an elimination game in the Lawrenceville Bracket of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round. The 18 strikeouts broke the previous record of 16 team strikeouts set in 1964.

Three teams remain in the double elimination tournament. Tomorrow morning, Westmont will take on #4 Georgia Gwinnett in another elimination game. The winner will advance to play St. Thomas of Florida (43-15), which is undefeated (2-0) in tournament play, in the first of two possible championship games.

St. Thomas will need to win one of the two championship games to claim the Lawrenceville Bracket title and advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Their opponent (Westmont or Georgia Gwinnett) will need to defeat St. Thomas twice to claim the prize.

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