Warriors score a dozen in one inning to end game early
LEWISTON, Idaho – A 12-run sixth inning made the tenth straight win for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team a no-doubter on Saturday night at Harris Field. Stopped in the seventh inning by the mercy rule, the Warriors overran Oregon tech by a final score of 18-0.
The win, which stands as the largest margin of victory for the Warriors this season, improves LCSC to 41-3 overall, while the loss drops the Hustlin’ Owls to 25-26.
Lewis-Clark State plated five runs in the fourth inning, but that production ended up looking like a scoring slump compared to what the Warriors did in the sixth.
With seven hits, three hit batsmen, two walks, two errors, and two left on base the Warriors fell just one batter short of hitting through the lineup twice in the sixth frame. LCSC had four doubles in the inning including two-run two-baggers by Brian Burke and Kawika Emsley-Pai.
Eight out of LCSC’s nine hitters in the starting lineup had at least one run batted in on the night. Pat Murray and Danny Anguiano led the way with three apiece as both were benefited by long balls in the fourth. Murray smacked his over the wall in centerfield to lead off the inning, and Anguiano hit his first homer of the year over the fence in right-center two outs later.
LCSC finished with 15 hits in the game. Burke led with three, while Brian Gaylord, Murray, Emsley-Pai, Bryson Tajiri, and Anguiano had two each. Anguiano now has collected 15 hits in his last five games.
Josh Ashenbrenner’s single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
Saturday’s sixth inning scoring total, which is the most runs scored in the sixth inning in LCSC history, stands as the most runs scored by the Warriors in any inning since they plated 13 against the College of Idaho on April 16, 2009.
With more than enough offensive support, LCSC started Cody Fassold breezed through Oregon Tech’s lineup to earn an easy win and improve to 6-0. Fassold pitched six innings, surrendered three hits, and struck out six.
The shutout win improves LCSC’s NAIA-leading ERA to 2.53.
Both teams will continue the four-game series with a doubleheader starting at noon on Sunday, and then a single game starting at 7 p.m. on Monday. The first game on Sunday is schedule for nine innings, while the second is scheduled for seven.