Mustangs' Slide Continues
March 23, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Tony Berru
SANTA CLARITA, Calif — Entering Friday on its longest losing skid of the season, The Master's College looked to turn things around, facing Biola for the second time in as many days. However, from the get-go, it became clear that fortunes would not change. The Eagles scored three runs during a very sloppy first inning that featured an error, two walks, and a hit batter. TMC starter James Scott (4-3) escaped a bases-loaded jam to limit the damage in the opening frame and eventually made it through the sixth inning, but just wasn’t himself, allowing six runs on 10 hits.
The Mustang bats were held in check all afternoon, although they did threaten to score in the second and fourth innings. Biola starter Chris Baek (4-2) went the distance for the shutout, allowing only five hits, striking out seven, and not walking a batter. The Eagles were led at the plate by centerfielder Benji Sutherland who was 3-5 with two rbi and a home run. Michael Annunziata also homered for the Eagles and drove in a pair of runs.
The Eagles scored all six of their runs in the first six innings and closed out the Mustangs 6-0.
A bright spot on the day was the defense of TMC leftfielder Steven Karkenny who made two great catches--one a diving grab over his left shoulder and the other a leaping home run-robbing grab against the wall.
Mustang Senior Tom Gilbertson turned in three solid innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out five.
The loss dropped TMC to 20-11 overall and 9-8 in GSAC play while the win improved Biola to 15-16 overall and 8-6 in conference play. The series shifts to La Mirada tomorrow for a twinbill starting at 11 am.