knocks off top-ranked Warriors 4-3
– Kyle Thomas and Brandon Daily combined on
a five-hitter to help California Baptist
University knock off top-ranked Lewis-Clark
State College 4-3 in a nonleague baseball
contest at LCSC’s Harris Field on Wednesday
The loss was
only the third of the season for the
Warriors, who fall to 28-3 overall after
having a nine-game win streak snapped. Cal
Baptist, which lost 22-8 and 9-0 in the
first two games of the series, improves to
The hit total
was the second lowest of the season for
LCSC, which collected only four hits in an
identical 4-3 setback to Gonzaga earlier
this season. LCSC has only been held to
single digit hit totals in four of its prior
26 games entering Wednesday night.
senior left-hander and the ace of the
Lancers’ staff, pitched six innings and
allowed the five hits and three runs, only
one of which was earned. He also struck out
eight and walked one to improve to 7-2 on
the season. Daily, a junior right-hander,
followed up with three strong innings. He
didn’t allow a hit and struck out three to
earn his fourth save. He did hit two batters
in the eighth inning, but retired the final
five batters he faced to preserve the win.
Chris Schwinden took the loss to fall to
4-2. He gave up seven hits and four runs in
4.2 innings and struck out three with one
walk. Matt Duryea allowed one hit in his 1.2
innings of work, while Will Morgan pitched
hitless ball over the final 2.2 innings,
striking out five and walking one.
Both teams left
seven runners stranded and had runners
thrown out to stop potential rallies.
broke on the scoreboard first with a run in
the first when Brent Wyatt doubled and
eventually scored on a balk. The Warriors
had runners on first and third when coach Ed
Cheff put on a delayed double steal. Jesse
Roehl, the runner on first, was supposed to
get into a run down and allow Paul Martin to
score from third. Roehl, however, kept
running to second and was tagged out before
Martin could score.
struck for three runs in the top of the
second to jump ahead for the first time in
the three-game series. Zachariah Aguirre
drew a walk, and Jordan Lowe followed with a
single. Wes Shulby singled in Aguirre, and
Eric Kryzysiak reached on a fielder’s
choice. Jordan Monroe and Brandon Peters
followed with run-scoring singles to make it
tied it in the third when Wyatt reached on
an error and Beau Mills blasted a two-run
home run over the scoreboard in right field.
The hit stretched Mills’ consecutive game
hit streak to 10.
CBU scored the
eventual game-winning run in the fifth when
Monroe opened with a single and moved to
second on a sacrifice bunt by Peters.
Garrett Gipe’s two-out double allowed Monroe
in both the sixth and seventh, but was
unable to execute sacrifice bunts and had
two runners thrown out at third base.
scoring threat came in the bottom of the
fifth when Travis Georgius doubled and was
replaced by courtesy runner Donnie Ecker.
Mark Thompson then singled to shallow right
field, but Ecker was thrown out easily
trying to score by right-fielder Aaron
Seuss. The Warriors also had a runner reach
third in the sixth, and second base in both
the seventh and eighth, but were unable to
3-for-5 to pace CBU’s eight-hit attack,
while Wyatt was the only Warrior with more
than one hit as he finished 2-for-4 with two
LCSC will open
a three-game series against Dixie State on
Thursday at 6 p.m. The two teams were
scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday,
but it has been changed to a 6 p.m. single
game. The series wraps up with a game at 11
a.m. on Saturday.