Turner, Eagles Snap Mustang Streak
March 15, 2013
By Mason Nesbitt, TMC Sports Information Intern
La Mirada, CA -- All good things must come to an end. Friday, the Mustangs’ 11-game winning streak in GSAC play was snapped by Biola in a 5-3 loss.
Trailing by two runs in the ninth, Mustang second baseman Sam Robison singled, but was thrown out at second base trying to advance on a ball that got away from the catcher. Two Mustangs struck out in the inning.
Biola’s (17-12, 9-10 GSAC) winning pitcher Nick Turner allowed The Master’s College (21-8, 14-5 GSAC) two baserunners through the first four innings.
Mustang starter A.J. Work struggled early on for the second straight outing. Work, who entered the game with a 1.65 ERA, allowed four runs on six hits in the first two innings.
“A.J. couldn’t command the fastball early,” said Mustang Coach Monte Brooks. “We didn’t stick with off-speed early and when he went with it he dominated the rest of the game. We got away from the plan and we can’t do that against a good team.”
Work (7-2) took the loss, but didn’t fold. He retired the Eagles in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to keep the Mustangs in the game.
In the sixth, TMC’s Spencer Downs hit a two-run home run, his third of the season, bringing the Mustangs within three at 5-2.
TMC added another run in the seventh on a Caleb Halverson sacrifice fly, but didn’t get any closer.
“Turner has the two different curveballs,” said Mustang shortstop Jon Popadics, “the 12-6 and one kind of like a slider that kept us off balance. But after the fifth inning we got around to him and figured him out. But by then it was too late.”
Turner, the GSAC’s strikeout leader, struck out five while allowing three runs (two earned) in seven and a third innings.
TMC will be back in La Mirada tomorrow for a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for noon. The Mustangs retain their two-game lead over Concordia for first place in the GSAC following Concordia’s 8-2 loss at Arizona Christian.