2002 NAIA BASEBALL WORLD SERIES (May 31 at Lewiston, Idaho)
Game 19: Lewis-Clark State 12, Oklahoma City 8
LEWISTON, Idaho – A two-run double by Mike Madrid snapped a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning and Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho went on to defeat top-ranked Oklahoma City University 12-8 Friday night at Harris Field to win its 12th NAIA Avista National Baseball title.
Earlier in the tournament, Oklahoma City knocked Lewis-Clark State into the loser’s bracket, 13-10, but the Warriors battled back to win their last three games in a row. LCSC downed Ohio Dominican 11-4 Tuesday afternoon and then defeated Albertson College 5-0 Wednesday night to get to the championship game.
The Warriors got things started early by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Madrid keyed the inning with a two-run single and Mark Gallagher later hit a two-run double to left. Nick Walker then followed Gallagher with another two-run single.
Oklahoma City rallied to score four in the top of the fourth led by Dan Wells’ two-run double to center. The Stars tied the game in the top of the fifth on Blair Harris’ three-run home run to right-center off LCSC starter Tim Petke.
Lewis-Clark State polished the game off when Gabe Stajduhar hit a two-run home run to right-center off of Star reliever K.C. Klopp.
Kevin Welch pitched 1.1 innings of relief to improve his record to 5-1. He gave up only one hit, tossing a total 15 pitches to four batters. Andy Torres picked up his third save of the year, hurling three innings of five-hit ball, striking out four. Torres went 2-0 in the tournament and gave up only one earned run in 19 innings pitched, earning the Most Valuable Player honors.
Blake Hendley picks up the loss for Oklahoma City, dropping his record to 12-3. He pitched 3.2 innings in relief of starter Brett Stephens. Hendley gave up ten hits and three earned runs.
Lewis-Clark State College ends its season with a 41-16 record. Oklahoma City University closes out the 2002 campaign with a 58-15 mark. The Stars’ finish of second is the highest finish in the history of the program (finished third in 1998).
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Brett Stephens, Blake Hendley (3), K.C. Klopp (7), Steve Crossley (8) and Matt Houston; Tim Petke, Kevin Welch (5), Andy Torres (7) and Gabe Stajduhar. W – Welch (5-1). L – Hendley (12-3). HR – OCU, Blair Harris (5); LCSC, Gabe Stajduhar (10). Time: 2:51. Attendance: 4,880.
All-Tournament Team: Most Valuable Player – Andy Torres, Lewis-Clark State (pitched three innings in relief to earn save in championship game, finished tournament with a 2-0 record and 0.47 ERA and tied a World Series record with two shutouts) Golden Glove – Patrick Gonzalez, Albertson. Hustle Award – Regan Hagestad, Embry-Riddle. 1B – Brandon Kaye, Oklahoma City. 2B – Darren Uranga, Albertson. SS – Patrick Gonzalez, Albertson. 3B – Geoff Zimmerman, Mayville State. IF – Craig Hern, Mayville State. OF – Cory Acklus, Albertson; Todd Daniels, Embry-Riddle; Mike Menard, Oklahoma City; Kennard Bibbs, Oklahoma City. C – Matt Houston, Oklahoma City; Justin Smith, Embry-Riddle. P – Andy Torres, Lewis-Clark State; Nick Williams, Albertson; Tim Petke, Lewis-Clark State; Benny Cepeda, Ohio Dominican. DH – Tory Haven, Lewis-Clark State.
46TH ANNUAL AVISTA NAIA WORLD SERIES: Friday – Mayville State 11, Indiana Tech 10; Albertson 17, Embry-Riddle 10 (11 innings); Oklahoma City 14, Olivet Nazarene 6; Lewis-Clark State 13, Bellevue 0. Saturday – Embry-Riddle, Fla. 13, Indiana Tech 12 (loser-out); Olivet Nazarene 6, Bellevue 5 (1O innings; loser-out); Mayville State 16, Ohio Dominican 11; Lewis-Clark State 2, Spalding 0. Monday – Ohio Dominican 5, Olivet Nazarene 1 (loser-out); Embry-Riddle 13, Spalding, 5 (loser-out); Albertson 7, Mayville State 3; Oklahoma City 13, Lewis-Clark State 10. Tuesday – Embry-Riddle, Fla. 13, Mayville State 4 (loser-out); Lewis-Clark State 11, Ohio Dominican 4 (loser-out); Albertson 6, Oklahoma City 4. Wednesday –Oklahoma City 14, Embry-Riddle 9 (loser-out); Lewis-Clark State 5, Albertson 0. Thursday – Oklahoma City 10, Albertson 8. Friday – Lewis-Clark State 12, Oklahoma City 8 (championship).
Box score vs. Oklahoma City
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