Lewis-Clark State College
British Columbia at Lewis-Clark State
Warriors Split with T'Birds, 4-3 and 3-2
LEWISTON,ID--Top-ranked Lewis-Clark State College spilt a doubleheader with British Columbia, winning game one, 4-3, but losing game two, 3-2, Saturday afternoon, at Harris Field.
In game one, the Warriors snapped a three-all tie in the bottom of the eighth inning as Yoshi Kimura hit his second homer of the season to left center, off of UBC ace, Jeff Francis. The Warriors took their first lead in the fourth inning as Matt Hellman tied the game with a solo blast to left field. Several batters later, Brendan Ryan scorched a ball up the middle, scoring Vern Benard from third base. Benard came on as a courtesy runner for catcher Gabe Stajduhar who singled to left field. Benard was almost picked off at first, by Francis, but an errant throw allowed him to advance all the way to third.
Ryan put the Warriors up again, 3-2, as he singled to through the left side, scoring Hellman from second base. Jake Kor (2-0) picks up the victory in relief, after pitching two innings of one-hit ball.
Francis (4-2) went the distance, striking out eleven Warriors, but made
one too many costly mistakes.
In game two, the Thunderbirds (13-10) finally defeated the Warriors (20-5) after 23 unsuccessful tries. UBC trailed 2-1 going into the ninth inning, but a lead off double by Matt Kittleson got the ball rolling. Derran Watts came in as a courtesy runner for Kittleson and advanced to third on a base hit by Mark Dunstan. Mike Lazaruk then struck out swinging, but LCSC catcher Tyler Best couldnt squeeze the third strike and the ball bounced off the top of the glove and went all the way to the back stop, allowing Watts to score and Dunstan moved up to second. Ricky Bostick then came on to relieve Michael Chavez, but on the first pitch from Bostick, Nick Leswick singled up the middle to give UBC a 3-2 lead.
Reliever Dave Gautier (1-3) struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the win. Chavez (1-2) picked up the loss for the Warriors.