DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Embry-Riddle pinch-hitter Dillon Ennis singled to right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, driving in Connor Williams to deal the No. 8 Lewis-Clark State College baseball team its first loss in nearly three weeks on Friday at Sliwa Stadium.
The seventh-ranked Eagles scored twice in their final at-bat to claim a 4-3 victory over the Warriors, who saw their 12-game winning streak come to an end.
“When we look back at this game, we’ll see that we were good at times on the mound, but when you have six walks and only two strikeouts against the No. 7 team in the nation, it’s not a recipe for a win,” Lewis-Clark State coach Jeremiah Robbins said. “We just weren’t very good today. I thought we competed and played hard, but we didn’t bring our best game with us.”
Lewis-Clark State (24-6) held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and finally 3-2 before the Eagles (24-7) rallied in the ninth against Warrior closer Sal Arena (0-2).
LCSC starter Ryan Sells and reliever David Murillo each worked four innings on the mound and held Embry-Riddle to just two runs through the first eight innings.
The Warriors took the lead in the top of the seventh when Bobby Joe Tannehill scored from third on a wild pitch by Eagles starter Stetson Nelson, continuing the trend of answering each rally mounted by their opponents during their weeklong road trip in Florida.
“Having a competitive effort is one thing, but we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Robbins said.
Tannehill led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Corliss and moved to third on a groundout by Kevin Knapp.
The Warriors got on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI double by Sako Chapjian that scored Cody Lavalli, who laced a one-out single to left for the first of his three hits in the game.
After Embry-Riddle tied the game on a Warrior error in the fourth, LCSC took the lead back in the top of the fifth. Corliss doubled to right field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Knapp and scored on an infield single by Zach Holley.
The Eagles came right back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game again at two apiece, but the Warriors reached Embry-Riddle ace Stetson Nelson for the run in the eighth to retake the lead.
In the ninth, a one-out double by Adam Cellini got things started for the Eagles, and a sacrifice fly tied the game before Ennis’ game-winning hit.
“It’s going to happen, but we have to come back tomorrow with Carsen Nylund on the mound and bring a better performance to win the series,” Robbins said.
Saturday’s game, originally set for 3 p.m., Pacific, is now scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. because of weather concerns.