Armanino's solid outing lifts LCSC to 7-2 win
ATHERTON, Calif. - Junior left-hander Anthony Armanino has his second outstanding start in eight days and helped the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team defeat Menlo College 7-2 in the final contest of a four-game series on Sunday.
Armanino, 2-0, allowed four hits and two runs in 7.2 innings. He struck out eight and walked two. The 7.2 innings is the longest outing by a Warrior pitcher this season.
The previous longest outing was seven strong innings from Armanino last Sunday. The San Carlos, Calif., product also tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks. He threw 90 pitches in that game, 57 of which for strikes and did not allow a run.
Armanino picked up where he left off from last Sunday. He didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning and allowed only two singles until the eighth when Menlo scored both of its runs. Sal Arena pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up one walk with two strikeouts.
Armanino’s performance helped LCSC win three of four in its opening NAIA West series of the season. LCSC is 13-3 overall and 3-1 in league, while Menlo is 4-12 and 1-3.
LCSC made the most of its nine hits in the game and also took advantage of a couple of Menlo errors.
The Warriors picked up their first run in the third inning when Kyle Knigge drew a one-out walk and Eric Peterson walked with two outs. Alfonso Casillas then ripped an RBI double to left field.
LCSC added two more in the fourth, all with two outs. Aaron DeGuire reached on a fielding error and was replaced by courtesy runner Zach Holley. Jordan Payne was hit by a pitch and Knigge walked to load the bases. Trent Bridges followed with a two-run single to left-center field to make it 3-0.
The Warriors kept rolling with two more in the seventh. Bridges started the rally with a double. Again Menlo was its own worst enemy as an error on the potential third out allowed Bridges to score and Braxton Miller to reach base. Billy Silvestri then doubled home Miller, which extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games.
LCSC made it 7-0 in the top of the eight when DeGuire singled and Payne was hit by a pitch to set up a two-run double by Knigge.
The Oaks finally got to Armanino in the eighth inning when a single set up a two-run home run by C. J. Dailey, his second on the season.
Knigge and Bridges, hitting Nos. 2 and 3 in the lineup, combined for five hits and four RBI. Knigge went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Bridges was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Knigge finished the four-game series 7-for-16 and six runs scored, while Bridges was 7-of-14 with four RBI and six runs scored.
This was the first meetings between the two programs.
LCSC resumes NAIA West play at home with a four-game series against Corban at Harris Field. The two meet at 6 p.m. on Friday, then play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, and finish with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.