SANTA BARBARA — The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers’ (35-19-1) season ended Wednesday afternoon after being eliminated by Westmont College (37-15), 9-2 in NAIA Opening Round baseball action at Russell Carr Field in Santa Barbara.
UAV had previously beaten the Warriors in game one of the Opening Round, 9-8. The loss ends UAV’s season, the fourth-consecutive season the Pioneers won the California Pacific Conference Championship and their third-consecutive season making the NAIA Opening Round.
“With as well as we’ve been playing during the last few weeks, it is disapointing to have our season ended in this fashion, but this team should be proud of the progress it made from the start of the season until now,” UAV head coach Jacob Garsez said. “This group will be remembered for the improvement it made to our culture and for overcoming adversity.”
Westmont led the contest 6-0 after four innings and despite UAV adding a run in each the fifth and sixth innings, including a solo shot off the bat of junior designated hitter and Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year, Kaleyl Anderson of Victorville, the Pioneers would ultimately suffer the defeat.
Senior right-hander Donovan Bertoncini of Madera (6-4) suffered the loss in his final collegiate start and allowed six hits and six runs while walking three and striking out two in four innings of work, and sophomore lefty Cameron Heinrich of Riverside threw four innings of relief, allowing five hits and three runs, none earned, walking two while striking out three.
Offensively, junior shortstop Tyler Van Marter of Yucaipa was the only Pioneer with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Anderson finished with one hit, his homer, and freshman second baseman Jacob Ogle of Riverside, junior first baseman Allen Pacheco of San Pedro, and senior third baseman Nate Broaddus of Lemoore, in his final game as a Pioneer, each added a hit.