Mustangs Lose, Fall in Standings
April 20th, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. -- Beginning the day with a half-game lead over rival Biola for third place in the GSAC, The Master’s College fell 9-2 at Concordia on Friday. With Biola getting a second straight victory in its series against Point Loma, the Mustangs (30-17 overall, 15-14 GSAC) now find themselves in fourth place.
Zack Anderson (0-2) was on the hill for the Mustangs and Concordia wasted no time getting to him. In the bottom of the first, with two outs and runners on second and third, Dave Peterson drove a double down the left-field line, scoring Kyle Konicek and Spencer Ofelt.
Thomas Hoenshell (5-2) started for Concordia and was excellent, striking out three and allowing seven hits and one earned run over eight innings. During the first five frames, the Mustangs had only two hits and failed to put a runner in scoring position.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Anderson walked Ofelt on four straight balls, forcing in Ty Holm for a run. Peterson then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Konicek and Aaron Gates eventually scored on a wild pitch, giving the Eagles a 5-0 edge.
In the bottom of the seventh, with Steve Karkenny on the mound for the Mustangs, the Eagles pieced together another rally, this time with two outs. After Gates singled to center, Ofelt ripped an rbi double to right center. After Peterson walked, Chris Kuber then brought home Ofelt with a single, boosting the score to 7-0.
The Mustangs would eventually get to Hoenshell in the top of the eighth when Spencer Downs hit a two-out single to right field to score Sam Robison, but that was the most they could cut into the deficit.
Chris Talley and Sam Robison each had two hits for the Mustangs with Caleb Halvorson driving in their only other run on the day in the top of the ninth.
The Mustangs still have a chance to salvage a split in the series when they return home tomorrow for a twinbill with Concordia. Their top two pitchers, A. J. Work and Charlie Gillies, are slated to start. The first game begins at 12:00pm on Reese Field.