May 2nd, 2012
AZUSA, Calif. -- One day after rapping out 17 hits, The Master’s College managed just six against Concordia’s Thomas Hoenshell and were shut out 6-0 Wednesday evening on the second day of the GSAC Tournament at Azusa Pacific.
The loss to the nation’s 11th-ranked squad dropped the Mustangs to 34-20 and sends them into an elimination game against Westmont on Thursday.
On an evening when the Mustangs sent ace Charlie Gillies to the mound in search of the club’s second tournament win, Hoenshell easily outdueled the GSAC Pitcher of the Year, striking out 10 and walking one in an impressive complete-game performance.
The Eagles got to Gillies right off the bat when Aaron Gates slammed a solo home run in the bottom of the first, sending Concordia in front to stay.
They added two more runs in the third, scoring on a Gillies’ wild pitch and a Gates’ two-out, run-scoring double for a 3-0 lead.
That proved to be more than enough the way Hoenshell was pitching. The senior righthander started strong, retiring the first four Mustangs he faced and surrendered just one hit through the first three frames.
He ran into some trouble in the fourth inning, giving up a pair of hits, but stranded Mustangs on second and third when Cody Harris flew out to end the inning. He set down the Mustangs in order in the sixth and seventh innings, escaped another two-on jam in the eighth, and closed things out with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Meanwhile, his teammates tacked on single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to finish off Gillies and the Mustangs. Gillies, who dropped to 8-6, went seven innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs while striking out 10. Joe Riddle led the Mustangs with two hits.
Thursday’s game against Westmont, who the Mustangs won three of four against in the regular season, starts at 11am.