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Warriors Split with Oaks

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 30th, 2016
Luke Coffey

A split with Menlo (33-20, 16-14 GSAC) on the final day of the Golden State Athletic Conference season gave #6 Westmont its best regular season record in program history at 41-9 overall and 25-5 in GSAC play. The Warriors won their first game 10-5 before falling 9-4 in the second.

Beginning on Monday, May 9, Westmont will host the GSAC Tournament at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors, who are the top seed, are joined by #2 seed Vanguard (37-13-1), #3 seed The Master’s (34-16, 19-11), #4 seed Menlo and #5 seed Biola (28-55, 15-15).

Stephen Larson was awarded the win in game one after pitching two and one-third innings in relief. Larson, who did not allow a run, gave up two hits and struck out three. Michael Rishwain pitched two scoreless innings retiring six batters in a row, three via strikeouts.

Sam Sheehan pitched the ninth without allowing a hit. He struck out two and walked one. Starter David Gaydos did not figure in the decision.

Michael Valentine, Jr. led off the top of the first with a single to right and took second when Alex Bush ground out to second. A single by Jarrett Costa drove in Valentin for the first run of the game.

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Warriors Secure Title, Top Seed and Host Site

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 29th, 2016
Derek Rodigo

Westmont bats (40-8, 24-4 GSAC) exploded for 10 runs in the first three innings to propel the sixth-ranked Warriors to a 12-3 Golden State Athletic Conference win at Menlo (32-19, 15-13). The win reduces the Warriors’ magic number to zero, meaning that they have secured an outright GSAC Regular Season Championship, first seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament and the right to host the conference tournament.

The Warriors last won a GSAC regular season championship in 1994 when they were co-champions with Point Loma Nazarene with identical 12-8 conference records. The last time the Warriors stood alone as GSAC baseball champions was in 1989, when they finished with a GSAC record of 18-6, one game ahead of California Lutheran. Westmont was also GSAC Champions in 1988 with an 18-6 record, one game ahead of Azusa Pacific.

Today, Westmont extended its conference winning streak to 11 games and its Friday winning streak to 16 games. The Warriors have not lost on a Friday since April 10, 2015.

Daniel Butler picked up is 11th win of the season against just one loss. The junior right-hander pitched seven innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. Butler struck out three and did not allow a walk.

Lance Simpson pitched the final two scoreless innings for the Warriors. Simpson surrendered one hit, struck out three and walked one.

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Warriors Shut Out by Pioneers

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 26th, 2016
Michael Pollex

The Warriors’ 13-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday afternoon as #6 Westmont (39-8) suffered a 4-0 loss to Antelope Valley (38-14). The loss came at the hands of Pioneers’ pitcher Ayrton Costa (10-3) who pitched a complete-game shutout in his final collegiate appearance. Costa scattered six Warrior hits over nine innings and fanned five batters without surrendering a walk.

Westmont’s Brendon Shoemake took the loss, his first of the year against four wins. The senior gave up two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings of play. Shoemake struck out three and walked two. Stephen Larson was charged with the other two runs (one earned), which he gave up on two hits in two innings of work.

Antelope Valley put up two runs in the top of the sixth after Nycholas Bongiovanni produced a lead-off double down the left filed line. Bongiovanni advanced to third on an infield single by Darron Teson, the Pioneers’ catcher. After Teson was replaced on the base pads by Neal White, Travis Holm walked to load the bases with no outs.

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Warriors Clinch Share of Title

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 23rd, 2016
Taylor Bush scoring the winning run.(Photo by Lydia Grenko)

A pair of dramatic Golden State Athletic Conference wins by #7 Westmont Baseball (39-7, 23-4 GSAC) over Biola (27-23, 14-13), coupled with a two losses by #9 Vanguard (35-12-1, 20-7) to The Master’s (31-15, 16-11), has guaranteed the Warriors at least a share of the GSAC Regular Season Championship and reduced the team’s magic number to just one.

Westmont took both ends of a double header from Biola, scoring a single run in the first game for a 1-0 victory and rallying from a three-run deficit in the final inning of the second game to win 6-5.

After honoring 10 seniors before the first pitch, Westmont and Biola took the field in what turned out to be a duel between pitching staffs.

The top of the first saw David Gaydos (8-2) on the bump for the Warriors. With one away, Sam Thorne doubled to left field to start a spot of trouble for the Warriors. Thorne advanced to third when JD Meyer ground out to second base.

With number four hitter Alec DeWatteville at the plate, Gaydos’ pitch got behind catcher Jarrett Costa, but only travelled eight feet. Costa recovered the ball and tossed it to Gaydos who was covering the plate. Gaydos tagged out Thorne to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

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Warriors Rally to Down Eagles

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 22nd, 2016
Turner Conrad

A pair of extra-base hits from Graylin Derke and a home run from Turner Conrad are just what #7 Westmont Baseball (37-7, 21-4 GSAC) needed to rally from a 4-0 deficit and claim an 8-4 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Biola (27-21, 14-11) on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The win extends Westmont’s Friday win streak to 15 games in a row, dating back to April 10, 2015.

The win marks the first time the program has ever been 30 games over .500.

Westmont’s Daniel Butler (10-1) had a rocky start and gave up four runs in the third inning. But after the Warriors responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning, Butler settled in and allowed just three hits in the remaining six innings for a complete game victory.

Butler became just the 10th Warrior to win 10 games in a single season and is just two wins off the record for single-season wins held by Rich Sorenson (1962) and Russell Harmening (2014), both of whom finished 12-3.

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Westmont Selected as Opening Round Host

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 22nd, 2016

Westmont’s Russ Carr Field has been named one of nine sites to host an NAIA Opening Round Baseball Tournament. This is the first time in program history that Westmont will serve as host. The past two seasons, the Warriors have played in the Opening Round Tournament hosted by Georgia Gwinnett outside of Atlanta.

“This is a considerable tribute to what our team and coaching staff has accomplished this year and all the years leading up to it,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “We are pleased to bring the NAIA tourney to our wonderful city. The quality of baseball is phenomenal and we look forward to welcoming not only teams from around the country to our campus, but the greater Santa Barbara community as well.”

The nine sites that will host five-team, double-elimination Opening Round Tournaments are:

    · Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.)
    · Davenport (Mich.)
    · Faulkner (Ala.)
    · Georgia Gwinnett
    · Jamestown (N.D.)
    · Kingsport Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Appalachian Athletic Conference (Tenn.)
    · Tabor (Kan.)
    · South Carolina Beaufort
    · Westmont

The tournament held at Westmont will be known as the Santa Barbara Bracket. The four other teams participating in the event will be announced on Friday, May 13 following the conclusion of conference tournaments around the country

Sheehan Rewrites Record Book in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 19th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

Senior pitcher Sam Sheehan broke a 28-year old record as #7 Westmont Baseball (36-7) posted a 9-6 victory over non-conference opponent Marymount (15-23-1) on Tuesday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors tallied three runs in the seventh and Sheehan pitched the ninth to secure the win.

Marymount scored first, courtesy of a couple of hits in the opening frame. With one away, Eric Fields singled to right. That brought up Dylan Hatch who drove an RBI-double to right center.

The Warriors more than made up the difference in the bottom half of the first, posting five runs. Marymount starting pitcher Dylan McDonnell helped the Warriors out by walking lead-off batter Matt Matlock and hitting Michael Stefanic with a pitch. A wild pitched moved both batters up 90 feet for Alex Bush.

Bush reached first on an error by the Mariners’ third baseman. Matlock scored on the play, while Stefanic remained at second. Jarrett Costa stepped to the plate and doubled on a ball that flew off the batting cage in right field. Stefanic scored on the play while Bush advanced to third.

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Warriors Reduce Magic Number to Six

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 16th, 2016
Sam Sheehan tied the single season save record.

Westmont Baseball (35-7, 20-4 GSAC) completed a three-game sweep of Hope International (19-24-1, 9-15) by taking both ends of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader at Russ Carr Field. Alex Bush produced a bases-loaded walk-off single in the ninth inning of the opener to give Westmont a 4-3 win. In the nightcap, the Warriors rallied with three runs in the fifth inning to claim a 3-1 victory.

With 35 wins in their first 42 games, Westmont, the seventh ranked team in the NAIA, is three-games ahead of where they were last year at the same time – a year in which they recorded their best record in program history (41-17).

Westmont’s magic number to clinch the GSAC Regular Season Championship is now six games. Eleventh-ranked Vanguard (34-9-1, 19-5), which swept William Jessup in a doubleheader today, remains one game back of the Warriors in the GSAC standings. Any combination of conference wins by Westmont and conference losses by Vanguard that adds up to six will result in the Warriors claiming the regular season crown.

In the opener, both starting pitchers – David Gaydos for the Warriors and Dominic Potlongo for the Royals – retired the first six batters that they faced. Hope International’s Jake Harris claimed the first hit of the game in the top of the third – a two out single through the left side of the infield. But Gaydos struck out Robert Berryman to put an end to the inning.

Westmont responded in the bottom half of the third not only with hits, but with runs. Turner Conrad doubled down the left field line to start the inning and then advanced to third when Alika McGuire was retired on a ground ball to third.

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