Archambault pitches Westminster to 6-0 win Baseball

April 29, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This one was a snap for Westminster.

The Owls used outstanding pitching, clutch hitting and superb defense yesterday to cruise to a 6-0 victory over Linganore in a Central Maryland Conference baseball game at Westminster.

"This was an easy game to manage," said Westminster assistant coach Guy Stull. "When you have an outstanding pitcher [senior left-hander Chris Archambault] on the mound throwing strikes, it instills confidence in the rest of the team. A game like this is fun because you also get to give everybody a chance to play."

Archambault, whose fastball has been clocked in the low 80s, was in command the six innings he pitched and faced only 19 hitters, one above the minimum. He gave up two hits, walked none and hit one batter to raise his record to 5-1.

Westminster (8-2, 4-2) played strong defense behind its starting pitcher, making no errors and throwing out two runners. Owls center fielder Todd Dorsey made a perfect throw to second base to get Gunnar Beale, who was trying to stretch a single into a double in the third inning, and Westminster catcher Adam Pfieffer threw out Mike Weber attempting to steal second in the sixth inning.

Weber reached base when Archambault hit him. The only other runner off Archambault was Ben Whitehouse, who had an infield single in the fourth inning.

Whitehouse wound up with two hits when he singled off Westminster right-hander Brian Dayton in the seventh inning.

Dayton was given an opportunity to get an inning of work because the Owls had a six-run lead.

The Westminster offense was led by left fielder Jason Magin, who went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs.

Magin gave the Owls the only run they would need when he doubled home Brad Gibson in the second.

Gibson had opened the inning with a double. Dorsey drove in another run in the second inning with a single to left.

Magin singled home two more runs in the third inning when the Owls scored three times to run their lead to 5-0.

Dorsey tripled to deep left-center in the fifth inning to score Jeff Ibex from first base. Ibex had reached on an infield single.

Dorsey was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Gibson was 2-for-3.

Westminster coach Carl Rihard and Stull started going to their bench in the fourth inning and used almost all their reserves against the Lancers (3-4, 2-3), who had to go with their No. 2 pitcher yesterday.

Linganore's top pitcher, Billy Holley, pitched nine innings Tuesday.

Lancers coach Carl Frundel said: "Archambault was the difference. We just couldn't catch up with his fastball. Also, we made a couple of errors that hurt us. But this is the first game all year we've been out of it early. We've been in the other games."

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