LACEY, Wash. - Josh Grenier drove in four runs, including two with a one-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning, to help St. Martin's University put an end to Lewis-Clark State College's 16-game win streak with a 5-3 win on Monday afternoon.
Grenier's double broke a 3-3 tie and helped the Saints, 7-11 overall, to a three-run rally in the eighth to claim the come-from-behind win.
The loss dropped LCSC to 17-2 and stopped the Warriors from tying their best start after 19 games. LCSC went 19-1 to start both the 1991 and 2007 seasons.
LCSC has won 37 of its last 41 meetings with St. Martin's, but the four losses have all been by two runs.
The Warriors, playing their fourth of five straight days on the road, fell behind 2-0 in the third inning when the Saints collected three hits off of LCSC starter Colby Hawk.
Aaron Johnson started the rally with a single, and then Cody Brooks hit a two-out single through the right side, which moved Johnson to third. Brooks then stole second, which set up a two-run single by Grenier.
The Warriors picked up all three of their runs in the fifth when they put together four of their nine hits in the game. Gino Casini started the rally with a single and scored on Kevin Lovelace's double. Danny Anguiano drew a walk and a single by Jason Hague loaded the bases. Jake Eccles followed with a single to end the day for St. Martin's pitcher James Douglas. Reliever Casey Mitchell got Brian Gaylord to pop up, but Pat Murray followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Anguiano and put the Warriors ahead.
LCSC's pitching staff made the lead hold until the eighth when Hawk walked Adam Hudspeth to start the inning and was replaced by Stephen Foster, who hit Johnson with a pitch. Zach Clanton then came in and got pinch-hitter Bobby Twedt to hit a grounder that the Warriors forced Hudspeth out at third. Brooks, however, tied the game with a double to center, and Grenier followed with his two-run double down the right-field line.
LCSC managed to get a runner on base in the ninth with two outs, but couldn't get anything across.
The Warriors outhit St. Martin's 9-8 and left seven on base. Hague was the only Warrior with two hits as eight of the nine starters collected at least one hit in the game.
LCSC will try to get back on the winning track on Tuesday when it concludes the road trip with a 2 p.m. contest against St. Martin's.