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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

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.

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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