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Three Warriors Drafted in MLB

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2016
Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

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.”

Mustangs Claim World Series Berth

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 20th, 2016
Michael Rishwain

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.

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Day Two Brings Eliminations and Controversy

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 19th, 2016
Alika McGuire

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.

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Warriors, Mustangs Advance with Wins

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 17th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

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.

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Westmont out of GSAC Tourney

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 7th, 2016
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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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - 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.

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