January 30, 2015
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- A cold, wet day in Placerita Canyon couldn’t put a damper on The Master’s College offense Friday afternoon as the Mustangs rode the bat of Steve Karkenny and the arm of brother Jason to a 15-5 win over Biola in the first of a three-game, GSAC weekend series.
Posting season-highs in runs and hits (17), the Mustangs christened the new turf on Reese Field in prolific fashion, improving to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The Mustangs started early and never really let up. After Jason Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) worked out of a first-inning jam, his teammates made him a winner with an offensive explosion in the bottom of the frame.
Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) started it off with a one-out, solo homer and before the inning was over, the Mustangs owned a 5-0 lead. Nick Covello (Skillman, NJ) made it 2-0 with a triple that plated Collin Nyenhuis (Vista, CA) who had doubled and one out later, Tyler Krahn (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) brought home Covello with a single.
The onslaught continued when Anthony Leal (San Juan Capistrano, CA) tripled home Krahn and Josh Brown (Valencia, CA) capped it off with a single that scored Leal.
That was plenty for Jason Karkenny (1-1), who, despite battling control problems (five walks), produced four additional shutdown innings and finished with a three-hitter through five scoreless frames.
Meanwhile, his teammates were far from done. In the last of the third, Krahn blasted the club’s second solo home run of the afternoon, extending the advantage to 6-0.
An inning later, the Mustangs put two more runs on the board when Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA) laced a leadoff double to left field, Steve Karkenny walked and the two pulled off a double steal before Nyenhuis singled both of them home for an 8-0 lead.
If the game wasn’t over by then, it was by the time the Mustangs sent nine batters to the plate in the home half of the seventh inning. A Karkenny two-run homer, his third of the season, capped off a five-run uprising that was also aided by a Scott Savage (Torrance, CA) rbi double and a Robison two-run single for a 13-2 lead.
After the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the eighth, the Mustangs tacked on their final two runs of the afternoon in the last of the frame, using a Brown rbi single and a Robison sacrifice fly to complete the victory.
Steve Karkenny, who went 2-3, drove in a team-high three runs while Nyenhuis (3-5), Krahn (2-3), and Brown (3-4) had two rbi apiece.
The Mustangs and Eagles conclude their brief series on Saturday when the two clubs tangle in a doubleheader that starts at 11:00am on Reese Field.