Gillies, Talley Lead Mustangs to Win
Charlie Gillies tossed seven strong innings and Chris Talley drove in two runs to lead The Master's College past Westmont 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in a GSAC game on Reese Field.
The club's second win a row, their first multi-game win streak in a month, lifted their overall record to 17-15 and 8-11 in conference play.
Bouncing back from a couple of rough starts, Gillies (5-4) may have tossed his best game of the season, limiting the Warriors to just two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters.
Both of the Westmont hits came in the top of the first from their initial two batters but Gillies bore down and whiffed the next three Warriors he faced. From then on he was unhittable. From that point through the third frame, the righthander set down nine batters in a row.
In another stretch from the end of the fifth through the seventh, he retired five consecutive Warriors before the visitors pieced together a walk, a passed ball, and a Mustang error for their only run of the game.
Reliever James Scott took over for Gillies in the eighth and allowed a pair of hits while striking out two in two innings of work on the way to his club-best fourth save of the year.
Gillies' teammates made him a winner with single runs in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, respectively.
In the third, Talley drove in the first of his two rbi with a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Cody Harris who had walked to lead off the frame.
Two innings later, Talley lofted another sacrifice fly, this one to center field, scoring Tanner Leighton for a 2-0 lead. Leighton had been hit to lead off the inning and then raced to third base on an error, putting him in perfect position to benefit from Talley's club-high sixth sacrifice fly.
After Westmont halved the deficit in the top of the seventh, the Mustangs wasted no time getting that one back in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Parker Price led off with an infield single and sprinted to third one out later when Leighton doubled to the gap in right-center field. Talley was then hit to load the bases, setting the table for J. T. Adams, who scored Price with the team's third sacrifice fly of the game.
The Mustangs and Warriors get together again on Thursday for game two of their four-game series before they move to Santa Barbara on Saturday for a doubleheader.