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Westmont Baseball will host an Alumni Weekend on November 11 and 12 that will involve a golf tournament and an alumni baseball game.
“After coming off of a banner year where we saw the program break the single season wins record for the third straight season, capture a regular season GSAC Championship and host the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament, we are excited to welcome a new group of Warriors looking to build on that success,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz.
“As we continue to build upon the foundation of success both on and off the field that many alumni have played a role in, we are eager to find ways to bring these generations of past and present players together.”
For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.
Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.
With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.
Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.
Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.
Three Warriors were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Michael Rishwain was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s selected Sam Sheehan in the 31st round and Jarrett Costa in the 33rd round.
Over the past three years, seven Warriors have been selected in the drafted. Catcher Brandon Gildea was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 draft. Last season, Russell Harmening was taken by the Nationals while Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan were claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Will Barring signed with the New York Mets a year ago.
“I am very proud of Michael, Sam and Jarrett,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They each have worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity. I am confident that they are prepared to compete at the next level and am glad that they can represent our college and our program in their organizations.”
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.
Closely contested games were the theme of the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket, hosted by Westmont. The day started with College of Idaho rallying from a three-run deficit to win 11-8 and oust second-seeded Madonna from the competition.
The Master’s claimed a 1-0 win over top-seeded Westmont in a game delayed by half an hour due to controversy over an umpire’s call. In the final game, a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference in William Carey’s 7-6 win over College of Idaho in the second elimination game of the day.
Game Four Recap
The Yotes of the College of Idaho jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-single by Dalton Ridgway and a two-run error that allowed Ridgway and Bobby Wright to score.
After Madonna’s Ryan Lambrecht took one run back with an RBI-single to right field, the Yotes made it a 4-1 game in the top of the second off a sacrifice fly by Mitch Skaggs to center field.
Golden State Athletic Conference teams remained undefeated after the first day of play at the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament – Santa Barbara Bracket. Third-seeded The Master’s (39-17), ranked at number 24 in the NAIA, posted a 7-1 win over #18 Madonna of Michigan (41-16 in the second game of the day before #7 Westmont (42-11) claimed a 14-1 win over #25 William Carey of Mississippi (38-20). In the tournament’s first game, William Carey defeated College of Idaho (37-21) by a score of 7-6.
Game One Recap
A two-out double to deep center field by William Casey third baseman Mitch Little drove in what would eventually prove to be the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Little was three for four at the plate with a pair of doubles – his first coming in the Crusaders’ one-run fourth inning.
College of Idaho had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI-single by Jake Hennessey and a bases-clearing single by Mitch Skaggs. The Yotes added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Hunter Hanson to take a 6-3 lead.
Prior to Little’s heroics in the seventh, William Casey made up two of the runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two away, a double by Tyler Graves drove in Adrian Brown and a single by Tyler Richardson brought home Wes 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.