LCSC falls to Seattle U. 9-3
SEATTLE - Roughing up two of Lewis-Clark State College's top pitchers this season for four runs apiece, the Seattle University baseball team defeated the Warriors 9-3 on Tuesday.
LCSC, 36-15 overall, will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday when the two teams collide against at 12:30 p.m. Seattle University, an NCAA Division I program, improves to 20-26-1.
Poggemeyer, a senior right-hander, lasted only 1.2 innings as he allowed six hits and five runs, all earned. It's one of his shortest outings of the season. Poggemeyer, now 7-2 overall, entered the game with a 2.23 earned run average and opponents were hitting only .208 off of him.
After LCSC cut the lead to 5-2 in the third, the score remained the same until the eighth when the Redhawks touched Zach Arneson for three hits, two walks, and four runs in the eighth inning. Arneson, who leads LCSC in saves with three, had stats similiar to Poggemeyer with a 2.29 ERA and opponents hitting just .215.
The victory was a milestone of sorts for Seattle U. The Redhawks snapped a 28-game Warrior winning streak in the series. Seattle U had not defeated Lewis-Clark State since the two teams' first meeting in 1973.
Seattle U, however, has upgraded all of its athletic programs since announcing it was moving to the NCAA Division I level a couple of years ago.
In between the big innings, LCSC reliever Cody Garner was outstanding. He retired all 13 batters he faced and struck out two over the 4.1 innings. Casey Edelbrock added a hitless inning on the mound as well.
The Warriors found themselves in the hole right away when Trent Oleszczuk opened the bottom of the first with a single and scored on a two-run home run by Marcelino Morales, hit first of the season. Three more singles and a sacrifice fly produced two more runs for a 4-0 lead.
LCSC answered with a run in the top of the second. Alfonso Casillas opened the frame with a single and took second on an error. Walks to Gino Casini and Kyle Knigge loaded the bases with one out. Kevin Lovelace singled in a run, but Seattle starter Arlo Evasick got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.
Michael Tevlin's solo home run, his first of the season, made it 5-1 in the bottom of the second, but LCSC picked up a run in the top of the third to cut it to 5-2. Brian Gaylord started the rally with a single and Casillas was hit by a pitch. Casini then doubled in Gaylord, but a pair of groundouts helped Evasick escape further trouble.
In the eighth, Seattle put together three hits and used an LCSC error to push across four runs. Doug Kincaid had an RBI triple in the inning, while Sean Narby added an RBI double.
LCSC's final run came in the ninth inning when Trent Bridges hit a two-out single and scored on a double by Gaylord.
Both teams collected nine hits in the game, but LCSC left nine runners stranded while Seattle left just two on.
Gaylord and Lovelace had two hits apiece for LCSC and also drove in a run.