Warriors keep rolling, defeat Corban 6-2
SALEM, Ore. –
The Lewis-Clark State College baseball team
moved within one victory of wrapping up the
top seed in the Region I baseball tournament
by defeating Corban College 6-2 on Friday
the top-ranked team in the NAIA, need only
two victories in their final five Region I
contests to wrap up the top seed in the
regional tournament, which will be held the
second week in May. The Warriors have won 22
of 23 Region I contests, which gives them a
three-game lead for the top seed in the
Region I tournament.
LCSC, which is
42-3 overall, established the best start in
school history after 45 games. Previously,
the best start by an LCSC squad was 41-4,
set by the 1983 squad, which went on to win
20-straight contests after suffering its
fourth loss of the season.
squad, which is riding a 14-game win streak,
only has eight regular-season games
remaining until the postseason. LCSC cannot
play host to either the Region I or Super
Regional tournaments, but will receive an
automatic berth into the Avista NAIA World
Series, which will be held May 25-June 1 at
Lewiston’s Harris Field.
on Friday, the Warriors did all of their
damage in the third inning, scoring six runs
on seven of their 13 hits in the game.
LCSC broke a
scoreless tie when Donnie Ecker and Mark
Thompson hit consecutive singles and Ecker
eventually scored on a ground out by Brent
Wyatt. Beau Mills then doubled to center to
drive in a run, and Paul Martin and Jesse
Roehl followed with RBI singles. Ecker, in
his second trip to the plate in the inning,
drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run,
while Thompson was hit by a pitch, also to
force in the final run.
answered with both of its runs in the bottom
of the third off LCSC starter Mike Miller,
who gave up three hits in the inning.
reigning NAIA Region I pitcher of the week,
tossed six innings and gave up six hits and
two runs in the game to improve to 4-0 on
the season. He also struck out two. Brad
Schwartzenbach allowed on hit over the next
two innings and struck out two, while Brian
Bird pitched the ninth.
Corban falls to
11-29-1 with the loss.
The two teams
will play a doubleheader today, starting at
11 a.m. LCSC brings a season-high 14-game
win streak into the contest.
Mills now has
88 RBI on the season, which ties him for
fifth on the LCSC all-time single season
list. He is tied with Allan Peterson, who
had 88 RBI in the 1984 season. Next up is
Dave Martinez (1983) and Pat Mackey (1989),
who both had 89 RBI. Mills also has a
24-game hitting streak, which ranks fifth
all-time on the LCSC list.
two bases in the game to give him 30 on the
season, also fifth on the all-time single