March 22, 2012

Box Score

SANTA CLARITA, Calif -- With the game tied at 2-all in the top of the 10th, Biola’s Vinnie Fayard drilled a pitch to left field delivered by Mustangs Zack Anderson (Boise, ID) lifting the visiting Eagles over the Mustangs and sealing the game at 3-2.

But for the majority of the latter half of the Thursday afternoon GSAC showdown, the Mustangs (20-10, 9-7 GSAC) held a commanding 2-0 lead over the visiting #10 Biola Eagles. (14-16, 7-6 GSAC)  With impressive pitching on part of Mustangs A.J. Work (Boise, ID) The Master’s College baseball squad was defensively sound holding the game scoreless until the 6th.  Scoring off an unearned run from a wild pitch, freshman John Popadics (Boise, ID) put the Mustangs on the board 1-0 late in the 6th.

After a scoreless, no-hit and no-run showing from the visiting eagles in the early part of the7th, sophomore Cody Harris extended the Mustangs lead to 2-0 after Spencer Toth (Asheville, NC) answered the Eagles stingy pitching with a bomb to center field.

However, this would be the last of the Mustangs petit lead as they entered into the 8th.

Later proving to be a thorn in the Mustangs side, Biola’s 2nd baseman Vinnie Fayard homered to left field putting the Eagles on the board 2-0 early in the 8th. The Mustangs, who were outhit 11-6, failed to answer back for the rest of the day. Early in the 10th, Biola’s Fayard put the finishing touch on the first of the four game series concluding the days GSAC match at 3-2.

The Mustangs will have a shot at redemption facing the Eagles again Friday at 3:00 PM at Reese Field, and again on Saturday in a doubleheader in La Mirada.

Game  Facts:

  • Two of the aforementioned Mustang hits came from Chris Tally, with Tanner Leighton, Joe Riddle, and Ryan Shackleford all contributing to the Mustangs.
  • Before the Eagles came on the board in the 8th inning, Mustang pitcher A.J. Work only allowed 7 hits.
  • Even at 9-7in GSAC play, the Mustangs hold a strong 3rd place in the GSAC, with Biola in 4th at 6-7.