February 3, 2015
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- Hunter Totemeier tossed three scoreless and three teammates drove in two runs apiece as The Master's College scored all of its runs in a four-inning stretch to cruise by Claremont 10-4 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon on Reese Field.
The victory was the club's fifth in a row and lifted the Mustangs' record to 5-2 overall and 2-0 against non-GSAC opponents.
Making his first career start and earning his first career win, Totemeier (Santa Ynez, CA) was superb in his three-inning stint, facing the minimum nine batters and allowing just one baserunner by walk. That runner was wiped out on a double play and the sophomore righthander ended his time on the mound with the last of his three strikeouts.
His teammates made sure their pitcher's effort wasn't wasted, making him a winner with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. The uprising started with one out when Josh Brown (Valencia, CA) singled through the left side and then raced to third base on Caleb Halverson's (Temple City, CA) base hit to right field. One out later, both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch with Brown scoring the game's first run.
Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) walked and then he and Halverson pulled off a double steal before Collin Nyenhuis ((Vista, CA) earned another free pass to load the bases. Nick Covello (Skillman, NJ) quickly made the Stags pay, lining a two-run single down the right field line to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead.
After reliever Aaron Alexander (Concord, CA) retired Claremont in order in the top of the fourth, the Mustangs broke the game open in the last half of the frame, scoring five times to go up 8-0. Brown singled in Tyler Beets (Lakeport, CA), who reached on an error, with the first run, Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA), drove in two more, and a Karkenny sacrifice fly plated the final runs of the frame.
The Stags finally broke through with three runs in the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs got one of those back in the bottom of the inning when Josh Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA), running for Beets, who had earned an inning-opening walk, scored on Ethan Stine's (Victorville, CA) groundout.
An inning later, the club finished its offensive display as Beets singled in Scott Savage (Torrance, CA), who had been hit by a pitch and was on second base after advancing on a groundout.
Brown and Covello, who joined Karkenny and Sam Robison with two rbi apiece, paced the Mustangs' nine-hit attack with two hits each.
The Mustangs move back into GSAC play this weekend when they play a three-game series against San Diego Christian. The two squads will square off in the opener Friday evening at 6:00pm at Poway High School and then play a doubleheader on Saturday.