May 30, 2017
LEWISTON, Idaho -- A remarkable run through the postseason came to an end Tuesday afternoon for The Master's University baseball team when top-ranked and No. 1 seed Oklahoma City overwhelmed the Mustangs 16-5 at the Avista-NAIA World Series.
The loss concluded a campaign that featured five elimination-game wins en route to the GSAC Tournament championship, a four-game sweep in the NAIA Opening Round, and two wins at the World Series. The Mustangs finished 41-23.
The end came quickly for the Mustangs as the Stars ganged up on Mustang starter Jason Karkenny (6-3) for 10 runs in his three-inning stint. It was a disappointing way for the winningest pitcher (36 victories) in program history to go out. Just four days after four-hitting Science & Arts (Okla.) over seven innings in the World Series opener, the senior righthander was no match for the Stars, who scored once in the first inning, added two more in the second, and then put the game away with a 10-run third.
That onslaught erased the only lead the Mustangs enjoyed during the afternoon after they scored once in the top of the first. Max Maitland drew a one-out walk and one out later raced to second base on a wild pitch. After Aaron Shackelford kept the inning alive with a two-out walk, David Sheaffer brought home Maitland with a run-scoring single to center field.
The Mustangs didn't score again until the seventh, being kept in check by Star starter Roberto Delgado. By then they were down 15-1. In that inning, they doubled their run total when Pearson Good slugged a one-out, solo homer over the left field fence. It was the sophomore's first roundtripper of the season.
In the ninth, the Mustangs added three more runs in their final at-bat of the season. Sheaffer, who walked to lead off the frame, eventually scored on an OKC error, Matt Janes singled in Dalton deVries, who had singled, and Ethan Brandt scored on a fielder's choice.
On a day when TMU was held to four hits, their lowest total since being one-hit at Westmont on March 11, the usually dynamic 2-3-4 trio of Jonah Jarrard, Michael Sexton, and Aaron Shackelford went a combined 0-11 against a trio of Star hurlers, who struck out 10 Mustangs.