SEATTLE -- For the first time in 1 1/2 months, the
Lewis-Clark State baseball team was on the wrong side of a score. The Warriors'
22-game win streak came to an end with an 8-4 loss to 13th-ranked Washington on
Tuesday evening at Husky Ballpark.
But the game saw other trends continue. L-C second baseman Justin Fuller extended his school-record hit string to 30 games. And Huskies coach Ken Knutson collected his 422nd win, tying him for first in UW history with Bob MacDonald.
The Huskies jumped on L-C starter Kyle Allen in the first inning, posting four runs thanks in part to an error and three wild pitches. With a man on first, Washington's Greg Isaacson struck out, but the third strike was in the dirt and catcher Tyler Best's throw to first was high.
Zach Clem followed with a single to drive in one and, after a groundout, Isaacson scored on a wild pitch.
After a walk, John Otness singled to send home a third run and freshman Tyler Mach notched an RBI single to make it 4-0. In the second, Otness drove in two with a single to increase the lead to 6-0.
The Warriors finally scored in the sixth, when Fuller, who walked to lead off, scored on a wild pitch. Josh Celigoy also singled to drive in Jose Rodriguez, cutting the Husky advantage to 6-2.
(Fuller had just one hit on the day, a double to lead off the fourth. He went 1-for-3 with one RBI.)
L-C came up with two more runs in the ninth, on an RBI double from Anthony Slagle and a sacrifice fly from Fuller.
Allen (7-2) took the loss for the Warriors, surrendering six runs (four earned) on six hits over 1l innings. Reliever Mike Causey entered the game in the second and retired the first 11 batters he faced before a one-out walk in the sixth. Causey gave up two unearned runs on three hits in his 63 innings of work.
There was one other milestone number: Clem, the Huskies' sophomore left fielder, broke a single-season school record when he was hit by a pitch for the 20th time.
The Warriors (50-8) will close the regular season tonight at Harris Field against Washington State. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Following tonight's game, L-C won't play again until the opening round of the NAIA World Series, which will be May 28.
The Warriors' most recent loss had been April 6, when Azusa Pacific beat them 13-10 at Harris Field.