A Golden Opportunity
By Mason Nesbitt, For TMC Sports Information
April 1, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- The Master’s College baseball team had a secure lead, so Mustang pitcher Tommy Kister got his first at-bat of the season.
Unfortunately for Kister, he wasn’t one of eight different Mustangs who had a hit in the second game of TMC’s doubleheader sweep of La Sierra University, 14-1 and 7-2 on Tuesday at Pete Reese Field.
“It’s not about who we play, it’s about the effort,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks.
Offensive effort wasn’t a problem for TMC (29-10): eleven players had a hit in the first game, with almost all the damage being done in a four-run second inning and a nine-run third. The game ended after the fifth inning due to a ten-run rule.
TMC’s Josh Brown was 2-for-2 with a three-RBI triple in the second inning.
Jake Magness drove in the lone run for La Sierra (2-26) in the first inning.
Dalton Thompson (3-1) didn’t allow an earned run over four innings on the mound for the Mustangs, who were coming off a series loss to Concordia-Irvine that dropped them out of first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
And, Tuesday’s doubleheader came just three days before another key GSAC series against Vanguard.
“We’re trying to get in a groove like we were early in the season (a 22-3 start),” Brown said.
Part of the Mustangs' hot start to the year was their dominant pitching staff, but injuries have eroded what had been a deep group. Brooks says pitchers who haven’t logged as many innings are going to have to step up.
Pitching wasn’t a problem against La Sierra. Jason Karkenny (8-0), Josh Brown, Justyn Lee and Steven Karkenny combined to hold the Golden Eagles to two hits over seven innings in game two.
TMC’s Ethan Stine and John Brazil hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fifth inning to extend TMC’s lead to 6-2.
“Today’s series helps us because it helps the kids who haven’t played as much,” Brooks said.
Luis Holguin was 1-for-2 with an RBI for La Sierra.
Notes: TMC dropped seven spots to fourteenth in the NAIA poll released Tuesday…Concordia moved up to sixth.