|T-Birds Drive By Mustangs|
Blake Carruthers smacked a home run and drove in three runs to lead the University of British Columbia to a 7-3 win over The Master’s College on a cold, windy Wednesday afternoon in Placerita Canyon.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak and dropped the Mustangs to 7-4.
The Thunderbirds started early, picking on Mustang starter Charlie Gillies for three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. They scored on a wild pitch, a Carruthers sacrifice fly, and a Nick Senior single.
After stranding three runners in the first two frames, the Mustangs got untracked in the bottom of the third. Junior Tanner Leighton led off with an infield single and raced to third base on Jared Otto’s single to right-center field. Wasting little time, Chris Talley plated Leighton with a sacrifice fly to right field, slicing the deficit to 3-1.
But, the T-Birds got that run back in the top of the fourth, nicking Gillies with a two-out single up the middle by Matt Spillman that scored Senior. The visitors weren’t done either, adding another run in the top of the fifth to go up 5-1. They would eventually tally single runs in four straight innings.
That was the end of Gillies’ day after the junior righthander (2-1) gave up four earned runs, walked six, and struck out four.
His teammates tried to get him off the hook but could produce only single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. In the fifth, the Leighton-Otto-Talley troika combined once again to produce another run for the Mustangs, closing the gap to 5-2.
Leighton led off with another infield hit, Otto moved him to third base with a single to left field, and Talley brought Leighton home with his second sacrifice fly of the day to right field. The Mustangs tried to get more but a double squelched any hope of a rally.
Both clubs scored single runs in the sixth inning with the T-Birds going ahead 6-2 on a Sebastian Wong single while the Mustangs halved the deficit on Bryan Lucas’ first home run of the season, a shot over the fence in right field.
That would be the Mustangs’ final run of the day while British Columbia added one more in the top of the seventh for the final margin. The Mustangs managed just two baserunners the rest of the way.
Leighton and Otto paced the Mustangs’ eight-hit attack with two hits apiece.
The Mustangs have the opportunity to forget about this quickly when they host La Sierra University in a Thursday doubleheader that starts at noon.