Fitts gives Spring Arbor fits
–Sophomore right-hander Matt
Fitts (left) tossed a two-hitter and Beau
Mills hit his 35th home run of
the season to help defending champion
Lewis-Clark State College defeat Spring
Arbor 7-0 in the 51st annual
Avista NAIA World Series on Monday at LCSC’s
Fitts (10-1) took a no-hitter into the
eighth inning before Jeffrey Teabeau singled
on an 0-2 count to lead off the bottom of
the eighth inning. Fitts also allowed a
ninth-inning single to Bradley Baker, but
then retired the side to record the
Warriors’ 10th shutout this
season, but the first by just one pitcher.
The other nine were a combination effort by
the LCSC staff.
Fitts was simply masterful in the game. He
struck out 12 and induced nine ground outs.
He also walked two and threw 111 pitches.
Mills also moved to closer to tying the NAIA
single-season home run mark of 36 with his
solo blast in the fifth inning. Mills needs
just one home run to tie Mike Maggers of
Mary-Hardin Baylor for the record. Maggers
hit 36 during the 1992 season.
The victory helped the Warriors (55-5) move
closer to claiming their 15th
series title under coach Ed Cheff. LCSC is
just one of two undefeated teams left from
the original 10-team field. The Warriors
will square off against the other tourney
unbeaten, Bellevue University, at 7 p.m.
Tuesday night. Tuesday’s winner will be
guaranteed no worse than a third-place
finish in the tournament.
Spring Arbor, the No. 2 seed in the
tournament, never got a runner past first
base in the game. The Cougars (46-4) also
were shutout for the first time this
LCSC didn’t waste much time in taking the
lead as both Kyle Greene and Kyle Melton hit
solo home runs in the second inning.
Greene’s was his seventh of the season while
Melton’s was his first and went to the
deepest area of the ballpark in center
LCSC made it 5-0 in the fourth when two
walks sandwiched around Jessie Mier’s double
loaded the bases with no outs. Paul Martin
was then hit by a pitch to bring in a run,
while Melton reached on a fielder’s choice
to bring in another. Jesse Roehl’s sacrifice
fly brought in the third run.
In the fifth inning, Mills took a full-count
offering over the right field fence for his
second home run of the tournament.
LCSC’s final run came in the seventh when
Melton doubled and scored on a single by
Zach Evangelho. Melton was the only Warrior
with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with
two RBI and two runs scored. Mills and
Greene both went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two
Jesse Bachman (12-1) took the loss for
Spring Arbor. He pitched eight innings and
allowed five hits, three walks and six runs.
He also struck out four, but hit three
Spring Arbor returns to action in a
loser-out contest on Tuesday against
Lindenwood at 3 p.m., while Azusa Pacific
meets Houston Baptist in the first loser-out
game at 11 a.m. Tuesday’s pairings in
loser-out play had to be adjusted because
Lindenwood has already played Azusa Pacific
and Houston Baptist in the tournament.
Tournament rules say the bracket will be
adjusted if necessary so that teams won’t
have to play each other twice unless