shuts down LCSC 5-2 in Series showdown
LEWISTON, Idaho - Dallas Sims and
Pablo Lopez combined on a five-hitter as top seed Lee University
moved into the driver's seat at the 52nd annual Avista NAIA
World Series by defeating two-time defending champion
Lewis-Clark State 5-2 on Tuesday night.
win lifts Lee to 62-8 and leaves the Flames as the only
undefeated team left in the 10-team double-elimination
tournament. There are only four teams left and Lee is guaranteed
a berth in the championship game in all but one scenario. The
Flames are guaranteed no worse than a third-place finish, which
will be their highest finish ever in the Series.
a senior right-hander, improved to 10-1 on the season by
checking the Warriors on four hits and two runs (one earned)
through six innings. He also allowed four walks. Lopez, a
sophomore right-hander, pitched the final three innings and
allowed one hit and two walks, but struck out three.
No. 3 seed LCSC, 55-7, the five hits matched its second lowest
hit total of the season. The Warriors, like Lee, had several
scoring opportunities in the game, but couldn’t collect the key
hit. LCSC left 10 runners stranded on base, while Lee left 11.
win its third straight title, LCSC now must win three
consecutive games, starting with a 3 p.m. loser-out contest
against Spring Arbor. Lee and No. 2 seed Oklahoma City meet at 7
p.m. Thursday’s 7 p.m. game will depend on Wednesday’s winners.
If Oklahoma City defeats Lee, then three teams will remain, and
one will receive a bye into Friday’s championship game. In that
scenario, if Spring Arbor can defeat LCSC, it would receive the
bye because it is the only team remaining that did not receive a
first- or second-round bye. However, if LCSC and Oklahoma City
both win on Wednesday, then Lee will receive the bye into
Friday’s title game.
Tuesday’s contest was scoreless through four innings, but Lee
broke out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Jeremy Hutslar drew a
one-out walk and went to third on a double by Clint Harrelson.
Brian Bistagne then doubled down the left-field line to score
fought back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Nic
Benton hit a one-out double, went to third on a passed ball, and
scored on a ground out by Brent Wyatt.
teams then scored solo runs in the sixth. Hutslar had an RBI
single with the bases loaded and two outs, while Brian Ward, who
had three of LCSC’s five hits, had a double and Josh
Ashenbrenner followed with an RBI single.
final two runs came in the seventh after reliever Matt
Stabelfeld entered the game. Stabelfeld allowed a single to
Bistagne and then was tagged for a two-run home run by Chris
Warters, his 19th homer of the season.
first four hitters in Lee’s lineup, Hutslar, Harrelson, Bistagne,
and Warters did all the damage. The four combined for nine hits
of Lee’s 11 hits, all five RBI and four of the five runs.
starter Ryan Woods took the loss to fall to 8-2. He allowed
eight hits and three runs in his six innings of work, but struck
out seven and walked three. Stabelfeld allowed three hits and
two runs, along with a walk, but struck out five.
marked only the second time this season LCSC lost a game by more
than one run. The other loss came last Tuesday in a 6-2 setback
to the University of Washington in Seattle.