Baseball takes two of three in Arizona

Posted By Horizon Staff March 5th, 2013 in Sports : 1 COMMENTS

Andrew Boyd
Staff Writer

Last weekend, the Warriors travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to take on the Arizona Christian Firestorm. In a long weekend of baseball, the Warriors and Firestorm played three games, two of which ended in Westmont’s favor.

Westmont began game one with a quick lead of 4-3. Starting pitcher WHAT YEAR JP Cohn found a rhythm late in the game, not giving up a single run in his last four innings on the hill. Unfortunately for the Warrior offense, ACU starter WHAT YEAR Alika Pruett also played well late in his start; the score remained the same from the 3rd inning to the bottom of the 8th.  The Firestorm tied the game on a clutch RBI single from WHAT YEAR Phil Creecy. After a scoreless ninth, the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the 12th, the Warriors were able to scratch across 3 runs off of 4 hits, setting up closer WHAT YEAR Michael Rishwain with a lead and three outs to go. Unfortunately, Rishwain gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and the Warriors ended with a 9-7 loss. The defense also committed 2 errors in the deciding inning of the ball game. Despite the loss, the game featured a solid pitching performance by third-year reliever Hunter Christensen who gave up just one hit and one run in 3 innings. In addition, second-year third basemen David Gabel went 3 for 5 at the plate and drove in two.

Westmont strode into the second game with motivation. After surrendering a run to the Firestorm in the first, the Warrior offense exploded with a huge 6-run, second inning. From there, Westmont continued to add to their lead, scoring runs in the 4th, 8th and 9th.  The Warriors took advantage of a 8-error game for the Firestorm, winning by a score of 15-5. Westmont got a solid performance from first year starting pitcher Russell Harmening, who allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Christensen and first-year Alex Bush took it from there, pitching the remaining two and two thirds innings, surrendering a pair of hits and a sole run between the two of them. WHAT YEAR JJ Turbin, WHAT YEAR Thomas Hocutt, WHAT YEAR Brandon Gildea and WHAT YEAR William Barring all had a great day at the plate, coming away with two RBI’s a piece in what turned out to be an offensive showcase for the Warriors.

The 3rd and final game of the series involved a pitching rather than hitting duel between Westmont’s YEAR Brian Murphy and ACU’s YEAR Stephen Thompson. Both starters delivered complete game performances in the seven inning affair. However, Murphy was the victor. He surrendered one run in the bottom of the first and from there pitched shutout ball through the sixth, giving up just 5 hits in the game. Westmont’s offense was led by YEAR Chris Stroh who had the biggest knock of the day, a single that drove in two in the top of the 5th; this gave the Warriors a lead. In the seventh, they tacked on an additional run. The Warriors took the game by a final score of 4-1.

The Warriors will face the Master’s College next this Friday, March 8, at home.

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