State rolls to 10th straight win
– Beau Mills hit his NAIA-leading 23rd home
run of the season to highlight a five-run
first inning as the Lewis-Clark State
College baseball team completed a season
series sweep of Albertson College with a
10-3 triumph at LCSC’s Harris Field on
went 8-0 against Albertson this season, is
the NAIA’s top-ranked team and now stands at
38-3 overall and 18-1 in Region I play.
LCSC’s overall record is its best start
since 1983 when that team also was 38-3
after 41 games.
Albertson is now 24-13 overall and 14-10 in
Region I play with six of those losses to
the Warriors in region play, including the
last three during this weekend.
outscored Albertson 27-8 in the three-game
series, took a 9-0 lead after three innings
on Sunday and cruised to its 10th straight
Mills put LCSC
on the board in the first inning with a
three-run blast, which put his NAIA-leading
RBI total at 79. Mills also has now hit in
20 consecutive games, which is the sixth
longest hitting streak in Warrior history.
Justin Fuller holds the all-time mark of 30
homered in three of his last four games and
the 23 home runs leaves him fourth on the
LCSC all-time single-season list. Jim O’Dell
holds the record with 30, followed by Montie
Phillips at 25, and Doug Blume at 24.
wasted little time in getting the lead on
Sunday. Mark Thompson reached first when he
struck out, but the ball got past the
catcher and he was able to reach first
before the throw. He then stole second, one
of his three stolen bases on the day, and
went to third on Brent Wyatt’s single. Mills
then blasted his three-run shot to center
field, and after a double by Paul Martin,
Kyle Greene followed with a two-run homer to
center, his fifth of the season.
LCSC added a
run in the second on a sacrifice fly by
Wyatt, and pushed across three more in the
third for a 9-0 advantage. Greene started
the score with an RBI double, while Kyle
Melton hit and RBI single and scored on a
double by Thompson.
meantime, LCSC pitcher Matt Fitts was
causing problems for the Coyotes. He pitched
five innings of two-hit ball, and struck out
five and walked one.
Schwarzenbach came on in the sixth and was
immediately touched for two runs by
Albertson, which added another run in the
seventh. Schwarzenbach allowed six hits and
two earned runs in his three innings of
work, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Brian Parker pitched a perfect ninth to end
A ground out by
Mills in the sixth produced the Warriors’
1-for-5 with four RBI, while Greene went
2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Thompson went 2-for-5 with three runs scored
and an RBI, while Martin went 2-for-3 with
two runs scored.
went 3-for-3 with an RBI to pace
now hit the road for their final six Region
I road games. LCSC will face Oregon Tech in
Klamath Falls, Ore., in a single game on
Tuesday and a doubleheader on Wednesday.
LCSC then will head to Salem for a single
game against Corban on Friday. The two meet
in a doubleheader on Saturday.
LCSC will then
complete Region I play with a three-game
home series against British Columbia on May