WARRIORS HIT SEASON-HIGH FIVE HOMERUNS IN WIN
Morris Goes 2-for-3 with Five RBI in Victory
April 10, 2004
LEWISTON, Idaho Ė Junior Brandon Morris hit two homeruns, including a grand slam as the Warriors knocked off Occidental College 20-1 on Saturday night at Harris Field.
The Warriors hit five homeruns as they improved to 32-7 on the season. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-27 on the season and 0-2 in this series.
The Warriors got to the Tigerís ace Paul Beringhaus (Phoenix, Ariz.) early as L-C scored five runs in the first. Centerfielder Anthony Slagle (Seattle, Wash.) leadoff the inning with a double down the leftfield line and second baseman Justin Fuller (Juneau, Alaska) was hit by a pitch. After Jose Rodriguez (Colton, Calif.) flew out and catcher Tyler Best (Tacoma, Wash.) walked, designated hitter Brandon Morris (Madera, Calif.) cleared the bases with a grand slam homerun. Two batters later, Warrior shortstop Derek Bruce (Lewiston, Idaho) hit a solo homerun over the leftfield wall.
Bruce, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, has not committed an error in 17-straight games.
Beringhaus, who has a no-hitter to his credit this season, went only 4.0 innings and gave up 12 runs on 12 hits. The 6-1 lefty, who registered 16 strikeouts in his no-hitter, struck out two Saturday while walking the same.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Fuller increased his team-best hitting streak to 14 games with a double to left center. Rodriguez then doubled to left center to score Fuller.
Fuller went 2-for-6 with two runs scored.
To leadoff the bottom of the third, Morris hit his second homer of the game and eighth of the season over the leftfield wall. Then with two outs and one on, right fielder Daniel Ruberte (San Jose, Calif.) hit a line drive homerun to right.
In the bottom of the fourth, Rodriguez hit a leadoff double to left center and Best walked. After two straight strikeouts, Bruce singled to left to load the bases and left fielder Neil Litchfield (Lewiston, Idaho) smacked a three RBI triple to the leftfield wall to clear the bases.
Litchfield went 2-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored.
The Tigerís only run came in the top of the fifth inning when designated hitter Doug Tisdale (Palos Verdes, Calif.) hit a single to right to score shortstop Sean Hallihan (San Jose, Calif.) from third. Hallihan hit a double to right center to lead off the inning.
Warrior starter Clay Johnson (Elma, Wash.) pitched masterfully, going 5.0 innings and allowing only one run on four hits. The 6-2 senior struck out two and induced 12 groundouts to earn his second victory of the season.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Tiger centerfielder Yamil Verde (Los Angeles, Calif.) hit a liner to center off of reliever Ryan Heil (Pleasanton, Calif.), but Slagle made a great catch running back and diving toward the centerfield wall to record the second out of the inning.
Tiger reliever Alex Gallo-Brown (Seattle, Wash.) came in and the bottom of the fifth and pitched two consecutive shutout innings, striking out two.
In the bottom of the seventh, Gallo-Brown walked the first two batters and designated hitter Nicolas Benton (Marysville, Wash.) hit a single to left to load the bases. After the Tiger hurler walked pinch hitter Tyler Hunt (Bellevue, Wash.) to score Rodriguez from third, both Bruce and Litchfield hit sacrifice flies to right to score two more runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Warriors batted around and scored five runs to take a 20-1 lead. With two on, catcher Tyler Best hit his team-high ninth homerun of the season to right center.
The Warriors and Tigers will conclude their three-game series on Easter Sunday at Harris Field. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m.