Santa Barbara, CA -- The Master's College senior pitcher Andrew Klausmeier has been exclusively a pitcher for most of his collegiate career, but what he's done as a batter recently has helped keep TMC in the hunt for another GSAC title.
He was at it again Friday in a 13-3 TMC win over Westmont in Santa Barbara that vaulted the Mustangs (36-13 overall, 22-12 GSAC) into a tie for the conference lead with San Diego Christian which lost to Biola.
Oh, he picked up the win on the mound, too.
"This is it: last four weeks of baseball for me," Klausmeier (Northridge, CA) said. "I want to go out giving it my all."
Klausmeier (5-2) pitched eight innings and allowed three runs, all given up in the seventh inning against a Warrior team (33-15, 20-14) that had won 12 games in a row coming into the afternoon.
Until recently, Klausmeier hadn't been used as a hitter since the summer leading up to his freshman year of college. But as a regular in TMC's lineup since April 5, he has posted nine rbi in 22 at bats--four of those came Friday.
He finished 3-5 at the plate and was a home run shy of the cycle. His two-run single in the fifth inning was complemented by a three-RBI double from TMC's James Scott (Canyon Country, CA), as part of a seven-run frame that broke open what had been a slim Mustang lead.
TMC tallied 15 hits in the game; three came from senior Ryan Shackelford (Murrieta, CA), who added three rbi.
"The joy was to see the guys execute," said TMC head coach Monte Brooks.
Brandon Gildea had two hits for Westmont, which fell into a three-way tie for third place in the GSAC with the loss.
The Warriors, Vanguard, and Concordia trail TMC and San Diego Christian College, by two games with two games left for each team.
Only the top four teams make the GSAC Tournament slated for next week. But, regardless of the outcome of TMC's Saturday doubleheader with the Warriors, the Mustangs won't be left out.