[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
66°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 15
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]


Tucker Richardson

Tucker Richardson

First, the bad news.

A day after The Master’s College knocked San Diego Christian from the ranks of the unbeatens, the 12th-ranked Mustangs had the favor returned to them in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, losing to the No. 22 Hawks 11-8.

Now, the good news.  After tasting defeat for the first time in 2014, the Mustangs bounced back in the nightcap, riding the strong right arm of Tucker Richardson (Modesto, CA) to a 3-1 win and a split of the GSAC twinbill.

Coupled with Friday’s victory, the split gave the Mustangs their second conference series win in as many weekends.  The Mustangs are now 10-1 overall and 5-1 in the GSAC.

In the opener, the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat as Jon Popadics (Boise, ID) drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on a Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) single, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice, and scored on Ryan Shackelford’s (Murrieta, CA) double to right field.

That slightest of leads lasted all of one-half inning as the Hawks pounced on Mustang starter Dalton Thompson (Riverside, CA) for three runs and a lead they would never relinquish.  Two of those runs scored on a Jeff Lusardi double and then he eventually scored the final run of the frame on a groundout.

The Mustangs had a chance to close the deficit in the second but stranded a pair of runners.  In fact, they would have several more chances through the fifth inning, but left seven more runners aboard.

This wound up costing them in a big way because the Hawks got the big hits that the Mustangs didn’t produce, starting in the third when they scored four more times and knocked out Thompson (2-1).  Lusardi was the culprit again, smacking a three-run homer and then later in the inning a single by Peter Hoyt made it a 7-1 game.

The Hawks were far from finished.  After finishing off Thompson, they went after reliever Conner Menez (Hollister, CA), tacking on another four-spot off the freshman in the fifth, extending their widening margin to 11-1.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs, with the exception of the first inning, just couldn’t break through against Hawk starter Gabriel Hemmer.  That was until the sixth inning when Karkenny walloped a two-run homer to left-center field, the junior’s first of the season, slicing the deficit to 11-3.

Two innings later, the Mustangs really started to carve into the deficit, knocking out Hemmer and scoring three more runs.  It started with a Joe Riddle (Bakersfield, CA) ground-rule double that plated Popadics, who had drawn another walk, and finished with another Shackelford rbi single and an error by Hawk rightfielder Michael Stowers, pulling the Mustangs to within 11-6.

The Mustangs kept coming in their final at-bat.  They loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on a Collin Nyehuis (Vista, CA) double and a pair of hit-batsmen.  Karkenny brought one run home with a sacrifice fly, Riddle plated another with an infield single, but the rally fell just short when Shackelford popped out to first base with two runners on.

Paced by three hits apiece from Karkenny and Riddle, the Mustangs outhit the Hawks 15-11.  Shackelford, Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA), and Nyenhuis had two hits each.

If the opener was a runfest, then the nightcap was a polar opposite, featuring only four runs, and Richardson (3-0) was the reason why.

The senior righthander was absolutely magnificent, allowing just three hits and striking out nine in becoming the first Mustang hurler to go the distance (seven innings) in 2014.  He retired the side in order four times and set down 15 consecutive Hawks from the second inning and into the seventh where he fell one out short of a shutout when Lusardi ripped a two-out home run.

His teammates give him a run before he threw his pitch of the afternoon when Popadics ripped a lead-off double to right field, moved to third on a balk, and scored easily on Karkenny’s run-scoring single up the middle.  That put the Mustangs ahead to stay but they needed more.

They got another in the third inning when Popadics swatted a solo home run to left-center field.  It was the junior’s second of the season and gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.

By then, Richardson was just into his streak of setting down the Hawk hitters, highlighted by two-strikeout frames in the third, fifth, and sixth innings.

The Mustangs provided Richardson with some insurance in the seventh, scoring their final run on a two-out single by Riddle.

Unfazed by Lusardi’s long ball, Richardson finished off the complete game, inducing a game-ending poput for the win and a split.

As has become the early trend in 2014, Karkenny, Popadics, and Robison paced the Mustangs’ nine-hit attack with two hits apiece.  The trio is hitting .463, .417, and .405, respectively, through the season’s first 11 games.

The Mustangs return to action on Tuesday when they play at Claremont in a non-conference matchup before resuming GSAC play at Concordia next weekend.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


WATCH NOW
Loading...
LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
The CSUN women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to four when the Matadors return home to face the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Monday, December 18.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
Lady Mustangs Within Range of Directors’ Cup Top Spots
When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
CSUN’s “Under Armour Faculty” Promotes Academic Success in Student-Athletes
When Rafael Munoz recalls his time at the Layer 8 Computer Security Club at California State University, Northridge, he feels proud and thankful.
CSUN’s Tech Education Makes Top 10 List
The city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events division is currently seeking proposals for solo exhibits for 2018 in the gallery space at The MAIN, the City’s newest arts venue in Old Town Newhall.
City Seeking Artists for 2018 Solo Exhibits
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
CSUN to Face-Off Against Formal Rival Eastern Washington
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday:
Dec. 15: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
This Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15-16), The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance brings their annual Winter Dance Concert to the REDCAT stage.
Dec. 15, 16: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert at REDCAT
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has approved naming Dr. Collyn Nielsen as Chief Administrative Officer and Jan Hayes-Rennels as Director of Special Programs and Staff Development.
Hart Appoints Nielsen, Hayes-Rennels to District Office Positions
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.
Big West Pre-Season Coaches Poll Puts Matadors Volleyball at No. 3
A 44-year-old transient was arrested by SCV Sheriff's Station deputies Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to pick up his 8-year-old niece from a school in Santa Clarita.
Suspect Arrested in Attempted Kidnapping
It was a night to honor exceptional mentors at California State University, Northridge, but the five recipients of the 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards just wanted to talk about their students.
CSUN Pays Tribute to Mentors Who Have Made a Difference
The words leapt right off the page and hung in the air, heavy, encircling the audience. Their creator stood, offering his gifts of verse — shared in a powerful baritone voice.
Literary Star Power Comes to CSUN
While critical fire conditions continue through Friday, the final numbers for the Rye Fire have been released.
Officials Release Final Numbers on Rye Fire
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board held it’s annual reorganizational meeting Wednesday night, naming Steve Sturgeon as Board President.
Steve Sturgeon Named 2018 Hart Board President
Castaic Elementary School is collecting gently used children's clothing and toys for the victims of the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
Local School Collecting Clothes, Toys for Creek Fire Victims
Gusty Santa Ana winds fanned the Thomas Fire's eastern flank Thursday, prompting officials to call for mandatory evacuations for areas near Fillmore.
Officials Issue Evacuation Orders for Fillmore Residents
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality rules instituted in 2015. These rules protect consumers' access to online content without interference or manipulation by an internet service provider:
Becerra Condemns FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement Thursday on the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting:
Feinstein Issues Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary, Betsy DeVos, for refusing to process debt relief claims submitted by tens of thousands of students who took out federal student loans to attend Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Corinthian).
Becerra Lawsuit Alleges Devos, Education Department Refusing to Process Debt Relief Claims
CAL FIRE has released a statement on its Facebook page regarding the death of one of their own:
CAL FIRE Engineer Killed Battling Thomas Fire
1931 - Season's first major storm deposits 9 inches of snow in Newhall, 10 in Saugus [story]
The Sheriff’s Department and CHP will participate in a special year-end "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign from December 15 through January 1.
LASD, CHP Join ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ DUI Campaign
The Caribbean is back, better than ever, and Valencia-based Princess Cruises is offering the best fares of the season during the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day sailings departing February through April 2018.
Princess Cruises ‘Exclusively Caribbean Sale’ Offers Season’s Best Fares
Designer and animator Jamie Tan (Film/Video BFA 15) started baking cakes and fancy French pastries as a meditative practice to help her balance the 20 credit semesters she was taking as a student at CalArts.
Jamie Tan on Art, Baking for Rojas’ ‘Theater of Disappearance’
CalArts School of Critical Studies faculty Janet Sarbanes recently received a grant from The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program for her essay "Reframing the House of Dust: A Meditation in Many Parts."
CalArts’ Janet Sarbanes Wins Writers Grant from Creative Capital
Artist and CalArts alumna Carrie Mae Weems (Art BFA 81) concludes her year-long residency at New York’s Park Avenue Armory with a day-long convening of artists, writers, poets, musicians and social theorists on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Dec. 17: Weems Wraps Year-Long NYC Residency
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan was named winner of the 2017 Electoral Ergonomy Award at the International Electoral Awards on December 5 in Dead Sea, Jordan.
LA County Registrar-Clerk Wins International Electoral Award
The CSUN women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to four when the Matadors return home to face the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Monday, December 18.
Dec. 18: CSUN Women’s Basketball Team Goes for 4
Sport fishing permits for 2018 are now on sale from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Sport Fishing Licenses for 2018 Now on Sale
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Clarita Valley and other areas of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties through Friday morning.
Critical Fire Conditions in SCV Though Friday
Steve Gerischer, proprietor of Larkspur Garden Design, will simplify the art of rose pruning and share tips on keeping your roses flourishing at the next installment of CSUN's CSUN-al Gardening series on Saturday, Jan. 13.
CSUN-al Gardening to Tackle the Prickly Topic of Pruning Roses
The Master’s University profiles 2017 men's basketball star Brock Gardner.
TMU Basketball’s Brock Gardner – Tough Decisions, Terrific Transfer
The list of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, released recently, was backloaded with four athletes from The Master’s University.
4 TMU Men’s Soccer Players Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes
During October, 15 junior high and high school campuses in Santa Clarita hosted a toiletries drive as part of their annual DFY in SCV community campaign.
DFY in SCV Students Help Others in Need