Ornelas, Warriors slug another 16-0 win
SALEM, Ore. – Warrior outfielder Ben Ornelas (left) drove in seven runs as the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team smashed three home runs and 14 hits to earn a 10-run-rule 16-0 win in seven innings against Corban College on Friday. The win completes a three-game sweep of Corban, and caps off a very successful week for the Warriors during which they went 5-0 and outscored their opponents 54-7.
Ornelas, who entered Friday’s game with four RBI to his name, was 4-for-5 on the day with three runs, a home run, and a double; Vaughan Prow was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a homer; Josh Ashenbrenner was 2-for-2 with a home run, three runs, and an RBI; and Sean Halton was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.
The Warriors dominated both at the plate and on the mound as LCSC’s pitching staff notched its second shutout of the season—its first shutout came via a 16-0 win over Whitworth earlier this week.
After Friday’s result, Lewis-Clark State now holds a record of 16-6 while Corban is 9-18. LCSC has now won 31 straight games against Corban and leads the all-time count 33-1.
Warrior right-hander Nick Masters threw the first four innings and notched three strikeouts to earn the win, Stephen Foster pitched the fifth and sixth without a glitch, and Colby Hawk held Corban scoreless in the final frame.
LCSC scored four runs in the first, three in the fourth, four in the sixth, and five in the seventh.
In the first inning, Ornelas scored two with a single to center field, and Prow followed with a two-run blast to right field as LCSC sent nine batters to the plate. In the fourth, the Warriors gained three more runs as a result of three hits including a solo home run which just got over the right-fielder’s glove by Ashenbrenner. Then in the sixth LCSC plated four more runs, three of which came home via Ornelas’ homer to right field.
The Warriors had their biggest inning in the seventh when they circled the bases with two walks and five hits. Tyler Carson, a sophomore and Lewiston native, entered the game in the seventh as a pinch hitter and drove an RBI single to left field to collect his first hit as a Warrior.
Corban had six hits in the game. Craig Spicer went 2-for-3 to finish the series with a team-leading six hits.
Lewis-Clark State’s next game will be in McMinnville, Ore., against Linfield College on Wednesday, April 1. From April 1 to April 19 the Warriors are scheduled to play 17 games.