Strong Pitching Keeps FIrestorm From Igniting
February 23, 2013
By Sam Taber, TMC Sports Information Intern
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The Master’s College won both its games against the Arizona Christian Firestorm today, finishing its three-game series with a sweep and improving its season record to 15-5. The Mustangs continue to lead the GSAC with an impressive 11-4 mark. Today’s wins ran the Mustangs' winning streaks to six games overall and eight in a row in the GSAC.
Mustang pitcher James Scott (Canyon Country, CA) started the day off with a complete-game shutout, fanning seven Firestorm batters while allowing only three hits and giving up two walks. His season record improved to 3-2 and his ERA drops to a miniscule 1.10, the third-best mark in the GSAC.
The Mustangs posted their first run in the bottom of the third inning, when Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA) knocked a solo home run over the left field wall. It was his first long ball since becoming a Mustang last year. In the bottom of the fourth, the Firestorm gave the Mustangs two unearned runs after a pair of errors scored Ryan Shackelford (Murrieta, CA) and Anthony Leal (San Juan Capistrano, CA).
Firestorm starter Mike Lachapelle pitched a complete game, as well, with the only earned run he allowed coming on the homer by Robison. Lachapelle recorded no walks or strikeouts and allowed seven hits. With the loss, his record dropped to 1-3. Phil Creecy, Joel Thys, and Albert Alvarez recorded the Firestorm’s only hits.
Tyler Elrod (Modesto, CA) started the second game for TMC, tossing five innings and giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked three on the way to his fourth win of the season. He was followed by Daniel Sheaffer (Mount Airy, NC) and Tommy Kister (Saugus, CA), both of whom allowed a hit but no runs. The save went to Kister, his fourth of the year.
Mustang catcher Chris Talley (Simi Valley, CA) had an excellent second game, crushing his first home run of the year to right-centerfield and hammering an RBI double into the left field corner. Steven Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) and Shackelford both recorded one RBI apiece, as well.
Stephen Thompson started the second game for the Firestorm. He threw four and two-thirds innings before Coach Mitchell called upon Jake Dziubczynski in the bottom of the fifth. Thompson recorded the loss, his second of the year.
Arizona Christian’s rbi came from Chris Russell and Seth Neely in the top of the third. Though Nathan Enriquez and Orrin Sears both had superb outings at the plate, as well, the Firestorm was unable to capitalize on its offense and both of them finished the day with only one run and no rbi.
The Mustangs return to action on Tuesday when they host Menlo in another doubleheader on Reese Field. The first game is scheduled for 11:00 am. The Oaks defeated TMC 8-4 in their first matchup this season and are currently 6-6 overall and a road record of 2-4.