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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

Warriors Fall in Finals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 21st, 2016
Travis Kimsey (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 21, 2016

After seven hard fought matches, #16 Westmont Men’s Tennis (9-8) fell to #13 Lewis-Clark State (11-9) in the Men’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Lewis-Clark State defeated the Warriors by a score of 5-2.

Westmont and Lewis-Clark State split the first two doubles matches.

Playing at number two, Quentin Wacquez and Alexandra D’aboville earned Lewis-Clark State the first point of the game when they defeated Luke Whalen and Christian Mathis 8-3; and at number three, Tommy Nightingale and Jordan Strandness evened the score when they overcame Sonam Phuntsok and Andres Bustani 8-6.

Lewis-Clark State won the third doubles match and took a 2-1 lead when Yonas Woldetsadik and Jeff Su clinched a narrow 9-8 (7-0) victory in a neck and neck match against Carl Lindqvist and Travis Kimsey, playing at number one.

Warriors Stand Alone as GSAC Champs

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 21st, 2016
GSAC Tournament Champions ( Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 21, 2016

Earlier this season, seventh ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis became the Golden State Athletic Conference Regular season co-champions, alongside Arizona Christian. Today, the Warriors (10-7) stand alone as the GSAC Tournament Champions, after defeating the Firestorm (17-4) by a decisive score of 5-0.

“We are so excited about this win,” shared head coach Kendyll McManigal. “It was a team effort and everyone contributed. From the start we had great energy and really got some momentum.”

The Warriors harnessed momentum early on when they swept in doubles 3-0.

“Going up 3-0 after doubles was so pivotal,” continued McManigal. “Honesty I don’t think against a top team or rival we have ever done that. We strive for going up 2-1 and don’t always get two doubles points so three was extra special. It wasn’t easy. But the girls rallied and gained momentum when they saw their teammates winning.”

Warriors Advance to Finals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 20th, 2016
Carl Lindqvist ( Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 20, 2016

In a semifinal match-up of the Men’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, between sixteenth ranked and number two seeded Westmont Men’s Tennis (9-7) and number three seeded Biola (11-12), the Warriors secured an early victory over the Eagles defeating them 5-1, just three singles matches in. With this win, the Warriors will advance to the championship game.

The first team to reach five points would win the game. The doubles matches were played first and the Warriors won two out of the three.

“I thought our guys started out really well in the doubles, winning at numbers two and three,” reflected head coach Mark Basham. “It was lights out at three and really solid at two once we got it going. At number one I thought we were right there to win it, but Biola stepped up and earned the win. Both teams are good and played well so it was a pretty even matchup. I was happy being up two to one but certainly would have loved to have the cushion of going into singles three to 0.”

Warriors Sweep Semi

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 20th, 2016
Ines Costamagna (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 20, 2016

In a semifinal matchup of the Women’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, seventh ranked and number one seeded Westmont Women’s Tennis (9-7) seized an early 5-0 victory over fourth seeded Biola (6-16). With this win, the Warriors will advance to the championship game.

The Warriors swept in doubles 3-0, and carried that momentum into singles, putting the game away just two singles matches in.

Playing at number two, Ines Costamagna and Haley Strandness battled against Kathryn Ashford and Brooke Sanford to earn the first point of the game in an 8-6 victory; at number one, Lauren Stratman and Isabel Lee defeated Madeline Heer and Kelsey Post 8-3; and at number three, Chloe Clement and Fernanda Rivera earned the Warriors a third point when they conquered Bailey McGeogh and Katie Boesl 8-4.

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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Bush Bombs while Butler Calms Royals’ Bats

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 15th, 2016
Alex Bush

A pair of two-run home runs by Alex Bush and eight shutout innings on the mound from Daniel Butler helped power #7 Westmont Baseball (33-7, 18-4 GSAC) to an 8-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Hope International (19-22-1, 9-13) on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors scored seven of their eight runs by virtue of four home runs.

The Warriors have not lost on Friday in more than a year. Since April 10, 2015, Westmont has won 14 Friday games. The only interruption was on March 11 when the game was postponed due to rain. Ironically, the game against The Master’s was made up on Monday, March 14 with the Warriors losing 8-7 in 10 innings.

Today’s victory was the 20th of Butler’s career against just two losses and ties Butler’s win-loss record from last year at 9-1. Butler, who threw 109 pitches, gave up just six hits while striking out 13 of the 30 men he faced. Butler currently sits in sixth place in the Warriors’ career wins list.

Michael Stefanic led off the bottom of the first inning by driving the ball down the right field line for a double. A sacrifice bunt by Michael Frigon advanced Stefanic to third before Bush belted a 2-1 count over the right field fence.

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