Santa Clarita, Calif.- The Master’s College baseball team won their season opener against Simpson University in dominating fashion on Friday afternoon at Reese Field by a score of 15-1. The win puts the Mustangs record at 1-0 (0-0) and drops Simpson to 1-3 (0-0).
Master’s did not waste any time, as they jumped out to a three run lead in the bottom of the first.
Starting pitcher, AJ Work, took care of business quickly in the top of the first as he struck out two Redhawk batters to start the season. In the bottom of the inning, the Mustangs landed a knock-out blow when Spencer Downs belted the first homerun of the season to put the home team up 2-0. TMC would add another run when Chris Talley doubled to right-center field which scored Cody Harris.
In the fourth inning, TMC would add three more runs. Jon Popadics started the inning with a walk which was followed by a Tanner Leighton bunt single. Stephen Karkenny then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put Popadics and Leighton in scoring position. Bryan Lucas would hit next and laced a double down the left-field line to plate the two Mustang runners. The final run came when Chris Talley hit a fly ball to right-field that was dropped allowing Lucas to score.
The seventh inning saw the Mustangs explode for four more runs which gave them a 12-1 lead. TMC scored the four runs on just one hit and five walks. The lone hit of the inning came off the bat of Spencer Toth which scored Sam Robison.
Coach Brooks’ squad would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth which ended up putting the final margin at 15-1. Master’s got hits from James Sloan, Jeremiah Graff, and Chris Talley in their final frame.
Work would cruise as he threw six strong innings while striking out six Simpson hitters and giving up five hits and one run. The strong performance from Work was closed out by Tom Gilbertson who tossed the last three innings. Gilbertson would strike out five Redhawks over the final three innings and would not surrender a hit.
The Mustang offense was just as good as the pitching. Lead by Cody Harris who had three hits, TMC scored in six of their eight at bats and would total 15 runs on 15 hits and 12 walks.