Murphy throws one-hitter in baseball victory

Posted By Horizon Staff April 30th, 2013 in Uncategorized : 3 COMMENTS

Andrew Boyd

Staff Writer

Fourth-year Brian Murphy allowed just one hit in a complete game, seven-inning gem as Westmont defeated #11 Cal State San Marcos by a score of 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader last Saturday.

Westmont fell behind early in the first game on a first inning, two-RBI single by Kenny Belzer. San Marcos added another run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Bentson to extend their lead to 3-0. An RBI single by Marcus Meraz in the top of the eight resulted in another run and the Warriors faced a four-run deficit. Westmont’s lone run came in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, third-year Chito Elias roped a double into center field gap. Two batters later, third-year Chris Stroh singled to score Elias. Unfortunately, Westmont was unable to score any more runs in the inning. The Cougars tacked on another run in the ninth on an RBI single after loading the bases with one away. Steve Messner of San Marcos received the win after pitching seven scores inning and allowing just two hits. He struck out ten and walked three.
Westmont’s JP Cohn was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings.

The Warriors took the field for a seven-inning affair, eager for redemption after losing the first game of the double header. Coach Cougoule handed the ball to Brian Murphy to make the start on the hill – what a day it was for the big right hander.

On the very first pitch of the ball game, Murphy surrendered a single to Cougar leadoff hitter Tyler Bernard. After a double play removed the base runner, Murphy walked Brandon Bentson. Those were the only two base runners that Murphy allowed on the day, retiring the next 19 batters in order – four struck out, 12 grounded out, one popped out to second, one lined out to short and one flew out to right field.

The Warriors put together two of their four hits in the second inning to account for the game’s only run. With one away, second-year David Gabel singled to right center and then stole second base. Up next was second-year Will Barring, who’s single up the middle drove in Gabel from second. The game ended by a final score of 1-0.

The Warriors will return to Golden State Athletic Conference play next week when they host Arizona Christian. On Friday, the Warriors and Firestorm will meet on Russ Carr Field at three o’clock. On Saturday, the two squads will play a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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