By Don Gilmore, Sports Information
The Master’s University baseball team pulled off a non-conference sweep of Bethesda University on Tuesday afternoon, featuring a couple of milestones that catapulted the Mustangs to a 10-1 second-game win.
Less than a week separates The Master’s University and its defense of the GSAC Tournament championship.
What better way for the club to stay focused than with a sweep of Bethesda.
Coming on the heels of a 4-0 shutout in the opener, the twin-bill sweep was the Mustangs’ fourth of the season and improved them to 26-23.
The milestones came early.
When Max Maitland laced a leadoff double down the right-field line in the last of the first inning, it was the 200th hit of the junior centerfielder’s career, moving him past Mark MacArthur (1987-90) into 10th place on the program’s all-time hit list.
Moments later, he trotted to the plate ahead of Aaron Shackelford, who swatted his team-leading 11th homer over the right-field fence to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead, one they would never relinquish.
Shackelford’s 31st career round-tripper tied him for fourth place in program history with Phil Seston (2004-06) and Dan O’Sullivan (1991-93).
That was all the Mustangs needed in the nightcap, but they had a lot more left and with Eric Williams firing zeroes, this one was well in hand.
Williams (4-0) went five strong innings in his fifth start of the season, scattering two hits and striking out four.
By the time he handed the ball off to JD Barr in the top of the sixth, the Mustangs had a 7-0 cushion.
They got there on Adam Rubio‘s two-run single in the second inning, Josh Robison‘s run-scoring base hit an inning later, and Shackelford’s two-run single in the fourth.
Shackelford wound up 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the nightcap and went 4-5 with five runs batted in on the afternoon.
The Mustangs wrapped up their first double-digit scoring game since March 23 (an 11-0 victory over Menlo) with three runs in the last of the sixth.
Here’s the box score.
The club finishes up the regular season on Wednesday when it hosts Marymount California University at 3 p.m. at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
That’s the final tune-up before TMU opens play in the GSAC tournament on Monday against Hope International.
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