LA MIRADA, Calif.-- In the first game of a double header at the home field of the Biola Eagles on Saturday, the Mustangs struggled to convert a number of hits into runs. On the way to a 9-1 victory, the Eagles’ Nick Turner gave up seven hits against the Mustangs over eight innings before reliever Jonathan Cade held the Mustangs hitless during the ninth.
Shortstop Jonathan Popadics scored the only run for TMC, with left fielder Steve Karkenny getting the RBI with a double in the eighth inning.
Rounding out the TMC offense, catcher Bryan Lucas singled in the second inning and knocked a three-bagger in the seventh. Hit by a pitch in the first, center fielder Tanner Leighton singled in the third, drew a walk in the sixth and singled in the eighth. First baseman Spencer Downs doubled in the fifth.
With only one error on defense, the Mustangs used four pitchers. Starter Daniel Sheaffer was replaced by Tommy Kister in the fifth inning, Jeremiah Graff in the seventh and Bryce Clancy in the eighth.
Great defense, was the order of the day as the Mustangs lost a pitcher’s battle to the Biola Eagles, 4-0, in the second game of a “twin bill” at La Mirada on Saturday.
With only one error for the Mustang defense, Charlie Gillies and Zach Anderson, pitched a total of five scoreless earnings for the Mustangs. The Eagles’ Javier Martinez pitched six scoreless innings for the Eagles, whose defense committed no errors.
Starting pitcher, Charlie Gillies and the Mustang defense held the Eagles to four scoreless innings before Benji Sutherland, the Eagles’ center fielder, drove in right fielder Paul Slater, to break a scoreless tie in the fifth. A double by second baseman Vinnie Fayard drove in Sutherland. Then a single by designated hitter Nick Covyeau drove in both Sutherland and left fielder Michael Annunziata.
Mustang center fielder Tanner Leighton led the TMC offense with two singles and a double. Second baseman Ryan Shackleford singled in the second inning with pinch hitter Sam Robison doing the same in the seventh.
Replacing Gillies, Zach Anderson blanked the Eagles during the sixth before Master's finally succumbed in the seven inning nightcap.