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Baseball - Mon, Jan. 21, 2013

Westmont Baseball (2-0) produced 34 hits and scored 30 runs in its season opening doubleheader against Bethesda (0-2). Playing at Russ Carr Field, the Warriors delighted the home crowd with a 21-0 win in the first game and a 9-2 follow-up performance in game two.

Senior right-hander Torin Shaikh picked up the win in the early game, pitching five innings and allowing just two hits. Shaikh struck out three and did not surrender a walk.

By the end of the fifth inning, Westmont held a 13-0 lead and Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz used the opportunity to give four of his pitchers an inning of work. Freshman Michael Rishwain pitched the sixth retiring the side in order and striking out one. Freshman Alex Bush pitched the seventh, allowing one hit, striking out one and walking one.

Freshman Sam Sheehan struck out two and walked one in the eighth but did not allow a hit. Junior Eric Bateman secured the shutout in the ninth inning. After giving up back-to-back hits to start the inning, Bateman coaxed Abe Morelo to hit into a double play and Daniel Juarez to ground out to third.

Eleven different Warriors collected a hit with nine producing a multi-hit day. Lead-off hitter Chris Stroh, a junior transfer, went three for four at the plate with three RBIs and a walk. Senior David Pennington went three for three with a walk and four RBIs.

Junior Brent Fukushima notched three hits and a walk on five plate appearances while driving in two. Junior transfer Chito Elias, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth then stayed in to play right field, was three for three with two doubles.

The Warriors scored in seven of eight innings, including a seven-run sixth inning in which they sent 12 batters to the plate. The Westmont line-up produced 24 hits on 46 at bats (.522), drove in 21 runs, walked seven times and struck out just twice in the three-inning affair.

Freshman Russell Harmening started the second game, pitching four of the scheduled seven innings to earn the win. Harmening earned his first collegiate win, allowing just two hits without giving up a run. He struck out two and walked just one.

Senior J.P. Cohn pitched two innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out one. Michael Kwan closed out the game in the scoreless seventh allowing one hit and striking out two.

At the plate, first baseman Thomas Hocutt went two for three with a walk and a run batted in. Sophomore David Gabel and senior J.J. Turbin were each two for four with an RBI apiece.

The Warriors scored twice in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. The next three innings remained scoreless before Westmont broke out for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth, once again sending 12 men to the plate.

Bethesda scored twice in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run by Eric Ethridge.

The Warriors begin Golden State Athletic Conference play next week when they travel to El Cajon for a three game series at San Diego Christian. Friday's game is scheduled for a first pitch at two o'clock with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for eleven.