SPOKANE -- While the focus was on Justin Fuller and
his pursuit of a coveted school record, Carlos Fisher couldn't be ignored.
The junior right-hander offered a three-hit, 11-strikeout pitching performance over eight innings, leading Lewis-Clark State to a 6-2 victory over Gonzaga on Tuesday afternoon at Avista Stadium.
Fisher (6-1) provided the key component in the Warriors' 21st consecutive victory, but Fuller came up with the game's most celebrated feat. His sixth-inning single to center field extended his hitting streak to 28 games, giving him sole possession of an L-C record he had shared with John McAninch since Saturday. It was Fuller's only hit Tuesday.
The Warriors (49-7) were far more proficient than Gonzaga (21-26) at the plate, outhitting the Bulldogs 12-3. Seth McCauley and Brandon Morris both belted solo home runs for L-C; McCauley opened the fourth inning with his fifth homer of the season, to left-center field, while Morris drilled his team-leading 15th to left to lead off the fifth.
L-C never trailed; it scored two runs in the fourth inning and, after Gonzaga tied it in the bottom of the frame, took the lead for good with Morris' home run in the fifth.
The Warriors scored three times in the seventh -- a rally that started with two out. After Allen Balmer walked and McCauley singled, Tyler Best lashed an RBI double down the right-field line. Reliever Nate Williams then intentionally walked Ryan Stevenson to load the bases. Derek Bruce followed with a two-run single.
Bruce also drove in the Warriors' second run in the fourth inning with a groundout.
L-C's Jose Rodriguez, who went 1-for-5, failed to pick up an RBI for the first time in 13 games.
Bobby Carlson's fourth-inning double produced both of the Bulldogs' runs. Afterward, Fisher retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced before being relieved by Nick Seely to start the ninth. The only Bulldog who reached in that span did so by way of an error.
Bobby McEwen (0-3), the second of four pitchers Gonzaga used, took the loss.
The Warriors close out their regular season next week with three games in as many days. They play host to Gonzaga on Monday, are in Seattle on Tuesday to play Washington and return to Harris Field for a Wednesday pairing with Washington State.