LCSC uses timely
hits, solid pitching to blank Fresno Pacific 5-0
Allen and Pena finish with two RBI apiece to back strong pitching of
Hawk and Masters
LEWISTON, Idaho – Matt Allen and
Bernard Pena drove in two runs apiece to back the solid pitching of
Colby Hawk and Nick Masters to lift three-time defending national
champion Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) to a 5-0 win over Fresno
Pacific (Calif.) to complete the first day of the 53rd
annual Avista NAIA World Series at Harris Field on Friday.
Allen drove in two runs with a
double in the second inning to help stake LCSC to a 3-0 lead. Pena
added a two-run home run in the eighth for insurance.
LCSC (40-13) also received solid
performances from Hawk and Masters to help the tournament feature
back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1995. In the prior
game on Friday, Point Loma Nazarene posted a 10-0 win over
Hawk, a senior right-hander,
went 7.1 innings and allowed six hits and three walks. He also
struck out six while throwing 113 pitches to improve to 6-0 on the
season. Masters, also a senior right-hander, finished up the final
1.2 innings and allowed one hit but struck out three.
Fresno Pacific (39-20) was its
own worst enemy at times. The Sunbirds grounded into three double
plays and left eight stranded on base. Two players – Anthony Lowell
with four and Jared Coleman with three – had all seven of the
Sunbird hits. The rest of the team was 0-for-24 in the game.
The Warriors were led by
unlikely players to take a 3-0 lead. Because of injuries and
academic problems, the Warrior roster has been hit hard this season.
Todd Muecklish, who has played in only 17 games because of a hip
flexor, had a solid game at shortstop and went 3-for-3, while Allen
made the most of his opportunity as the new first baseman by going
1-for-3 and coming up with the big hit.
Sean Halton started the Warrior
second by being hit by a pitch. He advanced to third on a single by
Kawika Emsley-Pai, who was replaced by courtesy runner Trent
Bridges. Muecklish followed with an RBI single to left-center field,
and Allen put a double near the same spot to put the Warriors on
The well-played game stayed at
3-0 until the eighth when Halton was again hit a pitch and scored on
Pena’s fifth home run of the season.
Kelyn Schellenberg took to the
loss for Fresno Pacific to fall to 8-2. He gave up 10 hits and five
runs in 7.1 innings.
It was the fifth meeting between
the two teams this year. The two split a four-game series in
Lewiston in early April.
The contest drew a crowd of
5,075, which brought the first day total attendance to 8,947 for the
four games. Both attendance figures are first-day records.
Both teams resume play on
Saturday. Fresno Pacific takes on Embry-Riddle in a loser-out game
at noon, while LCSC will play Oklahoma City at 7 p.m.