Concordia 15-2 in series opener
Schwinden (left) and Will Morgan
combined on a five-hitter and the
offense enjoyed another strong day at
the plate as the Lewis-Clark State
College baseball team rolled past
Concordia University of Portland 15-2
Friday in the opening game of a
four-game series at LCSC's Harris Field.
The Warriors, 13-1 overall and ranked
No. 1 in the NAIA, have now won 12 games
by at least six runs this season.
In this game, the Warriors jumped out to
a 7-0 lead and answered a two-run
Concordia rally with eight runs in
seventh inning to cruise to the win.
Schwinden and Morgan again looked sharp.
Schwinden improved to 2-0 on the season
by allowing four hits through the first
six innings. He gave up two runs and
three walks, but struck out seven.
Morgan picked up his third save of the
season by allowing just one hit in the
final three innings. He also struck out
Concordia starter Bryan Goff allowed 10
hits and seven runs in 5.2 innings, and
reliever Ryan Preston was hurt by the
Concordia defense, which committed four
errors. Preston pitched only one-third
of an inning, but gave up one hit and
four walks. The Warriors scored seven
runs off of Preston, but only two were
LCSC had several strong performances at
the plate. Jessie Mier went 1-for-3 with
three RBI, while Eric Epperson added
three hits. Zach Adam, Mark Thompson and
Ikaika Lester all drove in two runs,
while Beau Mills went 2-for-4 and scored
The Warrior struck for three runs in the
second when Kyle Greene doubled and Zach
Evangelho walked. Thompson followed with
a two-run triple and scored on a
A fielding error led to two runs in the
third as Mier brought in a run with a
sacrifice fly, while Epperson added an
RBI double to make it 5-0.
LCSC added two more in the sixth when
Mills started a two-out rally with a
single and Lester followed with a
two-run home run to center field, his
first homer of the season.
After Concordia made it 7-2, the
Warriors struck for their big inning,
scoring eight runs on four hits, two
errors and four walks. Kyle Melton drove
in the first run on a bases-loaded walk
and the next two runs scored on a pair
of errors. Mills then drew a
bases-loaded walk to force in another
run, while Mier added a two-run double.
Zach Adam finished the scoring with a
The two teams will play a doubleheader
at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then meet at
noon in a single game on Sunday.