DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 8 Lewis-Clark State College baseball team raced out to an early lead and cruised to a 7-2 victory over Webber International Wednesday, extending its winning streak to 11 games.
The Warriors improve to 23-5 on the season and 3-0 on their weeklong road trip to Florida. LCSC finishes up the week with single games against No. 7 Embry-Riddle on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Lewis-Clark State benefited from production up and down its lineup on Thursday, as the Warriors’ 11 hits off six Webber International pitchers were spread between seven batters.
Bobby Joe Tannehill went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and scored a run for the Warriors, and Brady Steiger got a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Cody Lavalli and Eric Peterson also had multi-hit games for the Warriors.
Garrett Wilson continued his torrid start to the season on the mound, moving to 6-0 after seven innings of one-run ball against Webber. Wilson scattered nine hits, striking out six and walking one, and didn’t give up a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning.
Sal Arena worked the final two innings for LCSC, allowing one run in the ninth on two hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Warriors jumped all over Webber International starter Dylan Price, scoring three runs off him in the second and third innings.
In the second, Tariq Staton doubled down the right field line with one out; driving in Jacob Cano after was hit by a pitch. Staton took third on an error and scored on Tannehill’s RBI single up the middle.
Tannehill took second on a wild pitch and scored when catcher Will Thorp singled through the right side.
In the third inning, Steiger and Lavalli had consecutive singles to lead off the inning, and Peterson plated Steiger with a double down the right field line. After an out, Staton’s sacrifice fly scored Lavalli, and Tannehill came through again with a two-out single to left as Peterson lumbered home from second.
Wilson stayed out of trouble until the sixth, as Webber scratched across a two-out run. Arena came into replace him after Webber got back-to-back singles to lead off the eighth. Arena retired the side to end the threat.
LCSC takes the field on Thursday at 3 p.m., as staff ace Anthony Armanino will be on the hill against Embry-Riddle.
Notes: Wednesday’s game started 30 minutes ahead of schedule as the teams tried to beat an impending weather system rolling through the Daytona Beach area.