Lewis-Clark State College
Washington State at Lewis-Clark State
Hellman's Homer Lifts LCSC by WSU, 10-7
LEWISTON,ID--Matt Hellman (Burbank, CA) blasted three-run home run to left center in the bottom of ninth, with one out, to power the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors to a 10-7 win over Washington State University, Tuesday night, at Harris Field.
The top-ranked NAIA Warriors (34-8) scored eight of its ten runs in the final three innings. After the Cougars (12-22) tied the game at two apiece in the top of the seventh, LCSC went on a scoring barrage, plating five runs, to take a 7-2 advantage.
Brandon OLeary (Portland, OR) led off the inning with a home run to right center. Two errors by WSU players helped set the table for Nick Bullens (Twin Falls, ID) blast over the center field wall.
But the Cougars would not go quietly. In the top of the eighth, Washington State would counter with five runs. Bookie Gates had a two-run single up the middle off of reliever J.R. Crider (Phoenix, AZ) to get things going. A bases loaded wild pitch scored another run and pinch hitter Evan Hecker roped a two-run single into right field.
Wes Hutchison (Burbank, CA) picked up his second win in four decisions. Nick Kenyon (0-2) picked up the loss in relief.
Lewis-Clark State will play at Albertson College in Caldwell, ID, Thursday, April 12th, at 3:00 p.m., and again on Friday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific.