Moore, Edelbrock help Warriors sweep doubleheader
LEWISTON, Idaho – A walk-off single in the 12th inning by Connor Moore in the opener and a pitching gem by Casey Edelbrock in game two helped the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team sweep a doubleheader with Concordia University at Harris Field on Saturday. The Warriors won the first game 6-5 and took the second 5-1.
The Warriors, now 11-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play, had limited success at the plate on Saturday and as a result had to rely heavily on their hurlers.
Zach Hull came on in relief in the sixth inning of game one when the Warriors trailed the Cavaliers 4-2, and ended up pitching the next seven innings until Moore came up with the big hit. In the second game, Edelbrock held the Cavaliers hitless for the first sixth innings to cruise to the win.
“It was good to see,” said LCSC head coach Gary Picone about Edelbrock’s performance in game two. “And Hull was good in the first game. He was in some tough situations and he probably pitched the best anyone has for us this season.”
After multiple missed opportunities the Warriors were down 5-2 in the top of the eighth of game one. However in the bottom of the inning, LCSC’s bats came alive. A single by Brian Gaylord and a walk by Gino Casini was followed by a double from Jake Eccles to plate one run and make the score 5-3. Then, with two outs in the inning, Cody Weiss stepped to the plate and smacked a line-drive single up the middle to score Eccles and Casini and tie the game at 5-5.
Fast-forward four innings later and the Warriors were finally threatening to end the game. With two outs, Weiss started the rally with a single through the left side of the infield. Next, a fielding error by the shortstop allowed Kevin Lovelace to reach first and Weiss to hustle over to third. Moore then came to bat and sent the first pitch he saw high and down the left field line. The ball tailed foul, but the leftfielder gave chase and appeared like he might have made the catch if it weren’t for what looked like a small clump of dirt and grass which cause him to stumble. Moore lined the following pitch into leftfield to end the game.
It was the Warriors’ first walk-off victory of the year, and sixth walk-off win over Concordia since 2006.
Hull, a left-handed sophomore from Moscow, Idaho, through 101 pitches, allowing six hits and one run, while striking out four to pick up the win.
LCSC had 15 hits to Concordia’s 14 in the first game. Weiss went 4-for-6, while Moore was 3-for-7. Casini hit his third homer of the year in the second inning.
After Concordia unleashed 16 hits on Friday and then 14 more in game one on Saturday, Edelbrock’s 6.2 innings of hitless work was a pleasant surprise for the Warriors in game two.
Edelbrock, a senior from Escondido, Calif., breezed through the first six innings and was even dominating the seventh when his no-hitter was broken. The right-hander caught the first batter he faced looking at a full-count strike three, struck out the second batter swinging, but then Concordia’s Riley Tubbs laced a line-drive double past the third basemen to put a hit on the scoreboard.
Edelbrock went seven innings, struck out five, and surrendered just two hits and one run. He is now 2-0 on the year. Jorge Sanchez pitched the final two frames and whiffed four batters to close it out.
The losses drop Concordia to 5-9 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
The Warriors scored all their runs early in game two. They scored one run in the second thanks to a double by Braxton Miller followed by a single from Michael Bush, and then came up with four hits to score four runs in the third. The third-inning rally was highlighted by a two-run double by Trent Bridges and a one-run double by Billy Silvestri.
LCSC outhit Concordia 8-5 in game two, with Weiss and Bush leading the way with two hits apiece.
The two teams will wrap up the four-game series with a 12 p.m. game on Sunday.