Warriors hit Concordia hard; break program record
LEWISTON, Idaho – With 44 hits on the day, the No. 12-ranked Lewis-Clark State College baseball team pounded its way to two lopsided wins against Concordia University in a doubleheader at Harris Field on Saturday. The Warriors won the first game 14-2 and then used a program record 13 hits in one inning to take the second game 19-3.
The hit-filled victories push the Warriors to 18-5 in the NAIA West and to 29-9 overall. Concordia dips to 11-13 and 19-19 after dropping three games of the four-game series.
LCSC had a season-high 24 hits to run away with the first contest. In the second game, a 13-hit, 14-run fourth inning combined with 10 doubles was more than enough to seal the deal.
The one-inning hit total surpassed the former record of 11 which was reached on three occasions and most recently against George Fox on May 15, 1996. The 10 doubles fell one short of the all-time record of 11 which was set on April 24, 1997 against St. Martin’s.
Three Warriors finished with six hits during the doubleheader. Braxton Miller was 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run, and 7 RBI; Eric Peterson was 6-for-11 with two doubles and six RBI; and Billy Silvestri was 6-for-10 with a double and three RBI.
While LCSC’s hitters were making an overabundance of noise, Warrior starters Anthony Armanino and Luke Goodgion kept the Cavaliers silent. Overall, LCSC pitchers recorded 18 strikeouts on the day and issued only five walks.
Armanino threw six shutout innings in earning the win in game one. He struck out nine and surrendered just one walk. Seth Haehl pitched the final three frames to pick up the save.
Goodgion claimed the win in game two. The left-hander struck out four and gave up two walks and four hits.
Lewis-Clark State scored in six different innings in the first game and had its most productive inning in the third. The third-inning rally included six hits and two Concordia errors.
The Warriors scored in only four different innings in game two, but the 14-run fourth was enough on its own. The mammoth inning included six doubles and a three-run homer by Miller, his sixth of the year. The Warriors fell one batter short of batting through the lineup twice during the inning.
LCSC will hit the road next week to play Oregon Tech in a four-game series in Klamath Falls, Ore.