February 10, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. --  Junior lefthander Andrew Work (Boise, ID) scattered seven hits over seven innings and allowed just one earned run as the Mustangs (6-2) opened a three-game series against Patten University (3-2) with at 5-1 victory at Reese Field on Friday afternoon.

The visitors from Oakland got on the scoreboard first with a solo shot over the left field fence by Joey Gonzalez to lead off the third inning.  Work immediately settled down and retired 10 of the next 11 Lion batters that he faced.

In the meantime, the Mustangs responded by posting a deuce on the scoreboard in both the third and fourth frames. Doubles by freshman Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth) and junior Chris Talley (Simi Valley) each plated a run in the third.  The fourth inning looked strangely familiar as doubles by senior Tanner Leighton (Meridian, ID) and Karkenny each drove in a run, both coming with two out.

The Mustangs were the beneficiary of a baserunning error by Patten to end the 6th inning and the Mustang defense was able to turn doubleplays in both the seventh and ninth innings.

TMC added an insurance run in the eighth while sophomore Tommy Kister (Saugus) and junior Zack Anderson (Boise, ID) each pitched an inning of hitless relief to close out the game.

The same two teams will be back at it tomorrow morning with the first game of the doubleheader set for 11:00 am on Reese Field.