to 10-0 with triumph over Utah Valley
Idaho – Matt Fitts struck out 10 in six
innings and leadoff batter Mark Thompson was
successful in setting the table to help the
Lewis-Clark State College baseball team
defeat Southern Utah 10-4 in the opening
round of the 52nd annual SPORT Banana Belt
Baseball Tournament at LCSC’s Harris Field
round-robin tournament, which features five
NCAA Division I schools and the top-ranked
NAIA team in LCSC, managed to get both games
in at Harris Field despite occasional snow
and hail storms. In the opening game,
Gonzaga defeated Air Force 3-1 in the
opener. In a late game at Pullman’s
Buck-Bailey Field, Washington State and Utah
Valley were playing the final first-round
victory, Fitts managed to scatter nine hits
and allowed two earned runs to pick up his
second win of the season and stretch the
Warriors’ win streak to 10 games to start
the season. Southern Utah fell to 2-10.
is tied for the team lead in runs scored at
16, again was able to get on base and spark
LCSC scoring rallies. Thompson finished
3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two
runs scored. He also was hit twice by
pitches and reached on an error to get on
base in all six trips to the plate. He was,
however, caught stealing for the first time
this season, but later stole his
team-leading 11th base.
led 3-2 after three innings, but pulled away
with two runs in the fourth and three in the
fifth to win by at least six runs for the
ninth time this season.
Three of the
first five Warrior runs in the game came via
errors as Southern Utah committed four in
the game. Thompson added an RBI triple and
Paul Martin added an RBI single to help LCSC
to a 5-2 lead.
Utah made it 5-3 in the top of the fifth,
the Warriors made it 8-3 when Thompson was
hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and
Brent Wyatt followed with a two-run triple.
LCSC’s final two runs came in the eighth
when Jessie Mier hit a two-run double to
Thompson, Wyatt and Mier finished with two
RBI, while Thompson had three hits, followed
by Mier, Kyle Greene, and Ikaika Lester with
had 11 hits in the game, while Southern Utah
had 10. Cameron Nelson and Chester Wilson
had two hits apiece for Southern Utah.
In the early
game, which was delayed twice by snow and
hail, Gonzaga pitchers Josh Monroe and C.J.
McClure combined on a four-hitter to lift
Monroe went the
first seven innings and allowed just two
hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.
McClure went the final two innings and gave
up a run, but struck out two.
pitcher Alex Truesdale took a no-hitter into
the fifth inning, but Mark Castellitto led
off the inning with a double and later
scored ona wild pitch. Evan Well’s suicide
squeeze bunt in the eighth scored the second
run, while Mark Castelitto added an RBI
double in the ninth to make it 3-0.
lone run came in the bottom of the ninth
when it sent the potential tying run to
plate. Addison Gentry’s RBI ground out
brought in the Falcons’ run.
action at Harris Field, Gonzaga takes on
Utah Valley at 11 a.m., followed by
Lewis-Clark State and Air Force at 2 p.m. In
Pullman, Washington State plays host to
Southern Utah at 4 p.m., and then Air Force
at 7 p.m.