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  • Tuesday, Jan. 27

    • Women's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 29

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ventura JC at WC,
        Scrimmage, 2 pm

  • Friday, Jan. 30

    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC, 2 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 31

    • Track & Field
      • On Your Mark Meet, 11 am
    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC
        Doubleheader, 11 am
    • Women's Tennis
      • CSU Northridge at WC, 12 pm
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 7:30 pm

Warriors Split Doubleheader with Firestorm

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 24th, 2015
Graylin Derke

After dropping the opening game of a Golden State Athletic Conference header 6-4 to the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-1, 2-1 GSAC), Westmont Baseball (4-2, 1-2) exploded for 11 runs and claimed the nightcap by a score of 11-3.

In the first game, Arizona Christian took the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Anthony Balderama that drove in Jake Wakamatsu from second base. The Warriors responded in the top of the first when Andrew Devian drove a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Michael Pollex to score. Pollex had reached on a single to lead off the inning.

However, things began to unravel for the Warriors as Arizona Christian scored three runs in the second and two in the third. Westmont starting pitcher Sam Sheehan did not last through the third inning, having given up six runs on five hits. Sheehan, who struck out one but walked six, was charged with the loss and fell to 1-1.

[game one box score] [game two box score]

Warriors Drop GSAC Opener in 10 innings

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 23rd, 2015
Russell Harmening

In what started out as an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, Westmont Baseball (3-1) lost its Golden State Athletic Conference opener to Arizona Christian (1-0) as the Firestorm rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the tenth inning to win 4-3.

Russell Harmening started on the mound for the Warriors and gave up just one run on four hits in seven and two-third innings. He struck out six and did not surrender a walk.

However, the Warriors were unable to put runs on the board until the top of the ninth inning. Firestorm starting left-hander Tommy Lay pitched the first eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out 12 with one walk.

Neither starter would figure in the decision.

In the bottom of the eighth, Arizona Christian scored on a RBI single by Tata Erickson that drove in Matthew Mara from second base. Mara had previously reached on a single and advanced to second on a ground out by Kyle Robbins.

[box score]

Warriors Complete Sweep with Comeback Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 17th, 2015
Alex Bush at first base

With the sun having already set and twilight threating to suspend play, Westmont’s Will Barring delivered an RBI-single that capped off a sweep of the Flames of Bethesda (0-3).

“Our guys found a way to come out and win some ballgames,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “This early in the season, you don’t expect things to be 100 percent, but we found a way to do enough to close out three games. It was a great team effort to come from behind and find a way to win that final game in the last inning.”

The Warriors (3-0) started the season on Friday with a 9-7 win over the Flames. Preseason NAIA All-American Russell Harmening (1-0) took the mound on opening day and delivered five innings of scoreless pitching. The junior right-hander allowed just three hits while facing 20 batters.

The Warriors tallied 14 hits on the day including home runs by Blake Matthias and David Gabel. Westmont also benefited from a triple by Austin Muller and doubles from Barring (2), Steven Pollex, Alex Bush and Alika McGuire.

[Friday box score] [Saturday game 1 box score] [Saturday game 2 box score]

Harmening Named an NAIA Preseason All-American

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 7th, 2014

Westmont right-handed pitcher Russell Harmening has been named an NAIA Preseason All-American. The junior from Oceanside was one of 17 NAIA baseball players including four starting pitchers to receive the honor.

“The recognition is a testament to the work he has put in and how he has matured since he got here two years ago,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He came in as a very good pitcher and has consistently gotten better. A lot of that is a result of his work ethic, his demeanor and his overall mindset and approach to getting better every day and doing things the right way.”

Last season, Harmening posted a record of 12-3, tying a 52-year-old team record for most wins in a season. In 113 innings of work, Harmening delivered an ERA of 2.47 and produced 95 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit just .221 against him.

“He logged a lot of innings last year and got some very valuable postseason pitching experience which makes him a more complete collegiate pitcher,” noted Ruiz.

Summer Baseball Provides Playing Opportunities for Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 21st, 2014
Turner Conrad was named the Orange County Collegiate League All-Star Game MVP

More than a dozen Westmont baseball players are honing their skills this summer as they compete in summer leagues from California to Alaska to Ohio.

Junior Turner Conrad is playing for the Long Beach Legends Red of the Orange County Collegiate League (OCCL). Conrad, who is hitting .313 with 10 RBIs, was named to the OCCL North All-Star team and earned MVP honors when he delivered a three-RBI double to secure the victory for the North.

Also playing in the OCCL are sophomores Matt Stumme and River Fawley. Stumme is playing for the Long Beach Legends Blue team and hitting .288 with six RBIs. Fawley is a member of the Bulldogs.

Juniors Russell Harmening and Steven Pollex made their way north to compete in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL). Pollex is playing for the Chugiak Chinooks of Anchorage, which is an Athletes in Action team. Pollex, who is hitting .320 with 13 RBIs, was named to the ABL National League All-Star Team.

Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Gildea Drafted by Angels

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 7th, 2014
Brandon Gildea

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Westmont’s Brandon Gildea in MLB drafted conducted over the past three days. Gildea was selected in the 36th round.

“I am extremely proud of Brandon for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He has been a four year contributor in our program and has improved each year. His humility, work ethic and leadership should provide a great foundation for the next steps in his baseball career.

“Brandon was fortunate enough to draw attention from several MLB teams in this process. We are very thankful that the Angels organization took the time to follow Brandon’s development and give him an opportunity in their organization. I am confident that he will represent himself and Westmont College very well in this new phase of his career.”

Gildea, a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection, posted a .387 batting average in his senior year and a .524 slugging percentage. He tallied five home runs, two triples and 12 doubles among his 87 hits – a program record. He also drove in 38 RBIs.

Baseball Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 2nd, 2014
Russell Harmening and Eric Bateman (top row). Taylor Martin and Brandon Gildea (bottom row).

Sophomore pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside received NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors for his performance this year on the mound. Harmening posted a record of 12-3 during the 2014 campaign with an ERA of 2.47. In 113 innings he struck out 95 batters and walked just 23. His 12 wins on season ties for fourth in the NAIA this year, with three pitchers achieving 13 wins.

Harmening was also named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® baseball second team for his performance both on the diamond and in the classroom. The prestigious and competitive award, which is given to just 22 athletes in the college division, is administered by College Sports Information of America (CoSIDA). Harmening holds a 3.69 GPA while majoring in mathematics.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table also honored Harmening, naming him the Baseball Collegiate Athlete of the Year.

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