Bryce McFeely tied a Westmont baseball record with six RBI in a 14-8 win over Saint Katherine to take the rubber game of the season-opening three-game series.
McFeely tied 19 others for third most in program history. Only Greg Thompson in 1994 and Simon Reid in 2022 have had more RBIs (seven) in a single game.
First-year coach Tyler LaTorre was pleased to win a series on the road
“I was happy that we closed out the series victory and happy with how we came out swinging the bats today,” he said. “We got an early lead and continued to add on and had big hits up and down the lineup.”
Chase Goddard made his first appearance on the mound for the Warriors in 20 months after sitting out last year with an injury. The red-shirt sophomore pitched four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, He struck out four and did not surrender a walk.
“We got a great start out of Chase and that was important to us – getting the game going in our direction.
“Chase handed the ball off to Parker O’Neil who gave us three good innings. We were excited to get Ryan Humphreys back from injury and back on the bump in a game. Then we were able to close it out with Carlos Moreno.”
The Warriors scored in the top of the first when McFeely belted a double down the left field line to, driving in Ryan DeSaegher who had also sent a double down the same baseline.
Saint Katherine took a brief lead in the bottom of the second when Johnny Lopez knocked a two-run home run over the fence. However, that would be the last time the Firestorm were on top.
Westmont produced six runs in the third inning and another seven in the fourth to take control of the game.
Over the three-game series, McFeely went seven of 13 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs.
The Warriors added three more runs in the seventh on two more home runs. Shane Hofstadler homered for the second time in the series to drive in the first run. Then, Luke Tillitt powered a two-run blast.
“We played Warrior baseball and it was fun to watch,” said LaTorre of the game. “I’m looking forward to being back home next week.”
Westmont will host Embry-Riddle of Arizona (3-1) next week in the first home games of the year. The Eagles and Warriors will play doubleheaders on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on both days.