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  • Thursday, March 26

    • Women's Tennis
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 12 pm
    • Men's Tennis
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 2 pm

  • Friday, March 27

    • Track & Field
    • Women's Tennis
      • WC hosts Xavier (La.)., 2 pm
    • Baseball
      • WC vs. Wm. Jessup
        in Marysville, 6 pm

  • Saturday, March 28

    • Track & Field
    • Baseball
      • WC vs. Wm. Jessup
        in Marysville
        Doubleheader, 12 pm
    • Men's Tennis
      • WC hosts Xavier (La.)., 2 pm
    • Women's Tennis
      • WC at Pt. Loma Naz., 2 pm

Warriors Win Doubleheader to Sweep Series

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 14th, 2015
Daniel Butler

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field, the Warriors’ bullpen was treated to great seats for a doubleheader against Arizona Christian (8-18, 8-16 GSAC) and allowed to sit back and enjoy the Golden State Athletic Conference games as spectators – except for one of the 16 innings.

Westmont starter Daniel Butler (3-0) pitched eight innings in the opening game, giving up just one run on seven hits as the #21 Warriors (22-7, 16-6) posted a 3-1 victory over the Firestorm. Butler struck out five and allowed just one walk. Closer Hector Lujan made the only appearance from the pen, facing just three batters in the ninth to record his fourth save of the year.

In the second of the twin bill, Andrew Vasquez threw a complete seven-inning game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out 13 of the Firestorm’s batters. Vasquez improved his record to 5-1 as the Warriors posted a 5-0 win. Saturday’s wins completed a three-game sweep of the Firestorm.

Westmont first baseman Alex Bush produced a one-out double in the opening inning of the first game and then advanced to third when Will Barring flied out to deep right field. Bush later scored on a wild pitch.

[game 1 box] [game 2 box] [photos]

Warriors Take Series Opener from Firestorm

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 13th, 2015
Russell Harmening

Westmont bats unloaded at Russ Carr Field as #21 Westmont (20-7, 14-6 GSAC) posted an 11-3 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Arizona Christian (8-16, 8-14). The Warriors exploded for 14 hits including four for extra bases while Russell Harmening picked up his league-leading seventh win of the season.

Harmening pitched a scoreless six innings, allowing six hits while striking out seven. He did not allow a walk. On the season, Harmening (7-1) has tallied 54 strikeouts against just 10 walks. His season ERA is now 1.30.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Michael Stefanic hit a ball to left field that took one hop and jumped the outfield fence for a ground-rule double. Steven Pollex, who led off the inning with a single to right, scored from second on the play.

In the third inning, designated hitter Derek Rodigo connected for his first home run of the year – a two run shot that hit the top of the second fence in left field.

[box score]

Harmening, Serrano Honored with Hamlow Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 9th, 2015
Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening

Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening have been named as Westmont’s recipients of the inaugural Cliff Hamlow Champions of Character Awards presented by the Golden State Athletic Conference.

The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete on each GSAC campus who demonstrates outstanding athletic achievement, campus and community leadership and future ambition and who embraces the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character program (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership). Student-athletes must be at least a junior academically and carry a 3.0 GPA.

The award is named after former Commissioner Cliff Hamlow who served the conference from its inception in 1986 to 2012. Dr. Hamlow was also a key leader in the creation of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.

Serrano is a four-year volleyball player who twice earned all-conference honors during her career. A political science major, Serrano was a member of the 2015 Mock United Nations Conference and helped Westmont earn honorable mention honors. She was also a 2014 recipient of the Westmont Athletics Golden Eagle Award.

Baseball Sweeps #18 Concordia

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 7th, 2015
Will Barring

Westmont Baseball competed at three-game sweep of #18 Concordia by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Warriors claimed the first game 5-3 and then won the nightcap 7-4.

Starter Daniel Butler (2-0) earned the win in the first game, pitching six and two-thirds innings. Butler gave up three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two. Stephen Larson pitched a scoreless one and one-third innings in relief before yielding to Hector Lujan who earned his second save of the year by pitching the ninth.

The Warriors benefited by a pair of early two-run home runs. In the first inning, Will Barring followed a triple by Alex Bush with a home run to left center. Then in the second inning, Rudy Leon knocked the ball over the left field fence after Steven Pollex was walked.

Westmont’s fifth run came in the top of the seventh after Ryan Crowe received a lead-off walk. Michael Stefanic advanced Beveridge (who was running for Crowe) to second on a ground out to the pitcher. One out later, Barring singled up the middle to drive home Beveridge.

[game 1 box score] [game 2 box score]

Warriors Post Win over Concordia

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 6th, 2015
Michael Stefanic

Westmont Baseball (17-7, 11-6 GSAC), picked up a Golden State Athletic Conference win on Friday afternoon over #18 Concordia (21-4, 16-3) in the first game of a three-game series. The Warriors outhit the Eagles 9-5 and also benefited from four Concordia miscues.

Russell Harmening picked up the win for the Warriors, his sixth of the year against one loss. Harmening pitched seven and one-third innings giving up two runs on two hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

The Warriors scored one run in the top of the first. After Alex Bush delivered a one-out triple, Will Barring drove a ball to left field for a sacrifice fly.

Concordia evened the score in the bottom of the first when Mitchell Esser doubled to drive in Ryan Goodman. Esser was thrown out trying to stretch the two-bagger into a triple.

The Warriors went up 3-1 in the top of the third inning. Ryan Crowe reached on an error to start things off and was replaced on the base pads by Ryan Beveridge. Michael Stefanic advanced Beveridge to second on a sacrifice bunt before Bush hit a single up the middle to drive in the courtesy runner.

Warriors Pound Mustangs

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 27th, 2015
Rudy Leon

By the time right-hander Russell Harmening had taken the mound, Warrior sluggers had already provided more than enough firepower to win the game. A lead-off double by Michael Stefanic and back-to-back home runs by Blake Matthias and Michael Pollex paved the way for Westmont Baseball’s 7-0 Golden State Athletic Conference blanking of the Mustangs of The Master’s College (17-5, 12-4 GSAC). With the win, the Warriors improved to 16-5 overall and 10-4 in GSAC play.

Harmening struck out 10 batters in the seven innings he pitched while surrendering just one walk and scattering four hits. The junior from Oceanside improved to 5-1 on the year and lowered his earned run average to 1.29.

Stephen Larson pitched the final two innings for the Warriors, striking out two, allowing one walk and giving up two hits.

Offensively, the Warriors pounded the Mustangs for 15 hits, including seven for extra bases. After scoring three in the first, Westmont added two more in the third. Matthias, Pollex and Derke started off the inning with three triples in a row, resulting in one run scored and runners on first and second. Steven Pollex then doubled to left center, driving in his brother, Michael.

[box score]

Warriors Win with Long Ball

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 26th, 2015
David Gabel

Five hits were all Westmont Baseball (15-5) needed to post a 5-2 win over Coban of Oregon (8-7) on Thursday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. It helped that all five hits went for extra bases – three doubles and two triples.

Corban took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-RBI single to left center by Vince Gonzalez.

The Warriors responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With one away, Alex Bush doubled to left center and then reached third on a wild pitch. After Will Barring was walked, Graylin Derke struck out for the second out of the inning. Derek Rodrigo then tripled down the right field line to drive in both Bush and Barring.

Westmont’s other three runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Bush led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Barring then hit a bloop-double into right field to give the Warriors two men in scoring position with no outs.

[box score] [photos]

Vasquez Wins 1-0 Pitchers’ Duel

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 21st, 2015
Michael Frigon

Westmont Baseball (14-5, 9-4 GSAC) split a doubleheader with Vanguard (14-6, 11-4) on Saturday at Russ Carr Field with both games ending in dramatic fashion.

In the first game, Westmont led 5-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. However, with one run already in and two away, the Lions’ Justin Vega drilled three-run home run over the right field fence to give Vanguard a 6-5 lead. The Warriors were unable to score in the bottom half of the ninth.

The second game was a classic pitchers’ duel with starters Jordan Moak (3-1) for Vanguard and Andrew Vasquez (4-0) for Westmont allowing precious few base runners. In the end, Vasquez and the Warriors prevailed 1-0.

Moak, who would eventually be charged with the loss, gave up just three hits in five and one-third innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.

[game 1 box score] [game 2 box score] [photos]

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