Poggemeyer helps LC defeat Linfield
Senior right-hander Tyrell Poggemeyer combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team took advantage of a couple of fielding errors to score three runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 4-2 win over Linfield to complete play in the Guardian Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Tournament at LCSC's Harris Field on Sunday.
The Warriors, 7-1 on the season, went 2-1 against NCAA Division II teams in the five-team three-day tournament. Because teams didn't play the same number of games, a tournament champion was not crowned.
Linfield, which fell to 5-2, went 1-2 in the tournament. In Sunday's other game, Western Oregon outlasted St. Martin's 16-7.
Poggemeyer took a no-hitter into the fifth inning allowed only two hits and one walk in six innings of work. He also struck out six in his second solid outing of the season. Poggemeyer earned the save in his first outing, a five-inning relief performance against the College of Idaho last weekend. In that game, he allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out six.
“I thought Poggemeyer was really good today,” LCSC coach Gary Picone said. “I thought he pitched well.”
Poggemeyer retired the first nine batters he faced before an error allowed a baserunner in the fourth. After retiring the next four hitters, he finally gave up his first hit to Tim Wilson.
Linfield starter Robert Vaughn (1-1) kept pace with Poggemeyer early, although he did allow a run in the second inning when Cody Garner had a two-out single to right, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Trent Bridges.
The Warriors then scored three unearned runs in the sixth. Gino Casini started the rally with a single and Braxton Miller reached on a fielding error. After Garner’s grounder forced Miller out at second for the second out, Bridges reached on a fielding error that allowed a run to score. Connor Moore and Cody Weiss followed with RBI singles to make it 4-0 and chase Vaughn from the game. Vaughn went 5.2 innigns and allowed seven hits and four runs (just one earned) with one walk and seven strikeouts.
The Warriors replaced Poggemeyer with Cody Fassold to start the seventh, but Fassold walked three of the four batters he faced to load the bases. Zach Clanton came in and Kramer Lindell managed to put Linfield on the board with a sacrifice fly.
Linfield also picked up a run in the eighth on three singles. Ryan Larson and Kyle Chamberlain hit back-to-back singles to open the inning and Clayton Truex singled in Larson with one out. Clanton, however, got out of the jam and then pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
“Clanton challenged guys and threw strikes,” Picone said. “We need to see who is going to come out of the bullpen and throw for us.”
The Warriors finished with eighth hits in the contest, including three from Weiss and two by Moore, the eighth and ninth hitters in the lineup.
Picone said it was good for the Warriors to see good pitching during the tournament, but thought his team was tentative overall at the plate.
LCSC returns to action on Monday and Tuesday with single games against Dickinson State. Both contests start at 1 p.m. at LCSC’s Harris Field. Dickinson State is 0-2 on the season after losing to the College of Idaho 4-0 and 11-3 in a pair of seven-inning games Sunday night at Harris Field.