After trailing San Diego Christian (7-1, 3-1 GSAC) by one run for the better part of two innings, The Master’s College baseball team rallied past the Hawks in heroic fashion by putting up three runs in the top of the ninth.
With the 4-2 victory, the 12th-ranked Mustangs lifted their 2014 season record to a spotless 9-0 and 4-0 in GSAC play.
Facing an early 1-0 deficit, TMC senior infielder Ryan Shackleford (Murrieta, CA) stepped up to the plate in the top of the fourth inning with hopes of finally putting the Mustangs on the board. And just when TMC needed it the most, Shackelford drilled his first home run of the season, tying the game at 1-1.
But two innings later, SDCC’s Jacob Rogers singled up the middle, driving in Jeff Lusardi, giving the Hawks a 2-1 advantage.
Down, but not out, TMC knew they had some work to do if they wanted to keep its 2014 record spotless.
In the ninth, TMC newcomer Josh Brown (Valencia, CA) plated Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA) and Tyler Krahn (BC, Canada), giving the Mustangs a 3-2 lead. Moments later, Brown gave TMC its final tally of the day by scoring off an error.
Fortunately for head coach Monte Brooks and his crew, the Hawks were unable to answer back in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Mustangs the victory at 4-2.
On the mound, freshmen standout Jason Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) relieved starting pitcher Tommy Kister (Saugus, CA), and earned his second win of the season after throwing two hitless innings.
Now, TMC looks to maintain its spectacular start on Saturday in a doubleheader against the Hawks. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m.