CALDWELL, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College offense continued to roll on Easter Sunday, as the seventh-ranked Warriors clinched a series victory with a 13-0 shutout of College of Idaho at Wolfe Field.
The Warriors touched up Yotes ace Ryan Eddy to the tune of 10 hits and six runs through six innings, and then tacked on seven more in the top of the ninth for the final margin.
Seth Haehl made just his second start of the year on Sunday against the Yotes, and earned his first victory with six innings of scoreless, three-hit ball. Sal Arena worked the final three frames for his team-leading fourth save.
With the victory, the Warriors improve to 27-8 overall and 13-3 in the NAIA West. College of Idaho fell to 17-17 and 8-8 in region play with the loss on Sunday.
After combining for 28 runs and 31 hits in their doubleheader sweep of the Yotes on Saturday, the Warriors put up another 13 runs and 17 hits on Sunday. Most of that damage came against Eddy, who made his first relief appearance of the season to earn the save in College of Idaho’s victory over LCSC on Friday.
Eddy entered Sunday with a 6-1 record and a 1.22 ERA, but he was in trouble right away against Lewis-Clark State, who scored twice in the first and once in the second to open up a 3-0 lead.
As Haehl breezed through the Yote batting order, the Warriors tacked on another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Ryan Sells, who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Sunday.
LCSC chased Eddy with two unearned runs in the sixth inning, set up by Warrior double steal that put courtesy runner Kevin Knapp on third and Kyle Knigge on second with one out.
Jake Shirley, who had three hits, three runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot for LC, reached on an error that allowed Knapp and Knigge to score to make it 6-0, Warriors.
Arena entered the game in the seventh and retired the Yotes in order in that frame and the next, and the Warriors blew the game wide open by sending 12 men to the plate in the top of the ninth against College of Idaho reliever Brady Whitfield.
Cody Lavalli led off the inning with a triple to right field, and scored on Sells’ run-scoring double down the left field line. After an out, Kevin Hawk drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
Bobby Joe Tannehill also walked to load the bases for Knigge, whose sacrifice fly plated Sells for the second run of the inning.
With two outs, Shirley laced a double to the center field wall to score two more, and Tariq Staton followed with a pinch-hit single that wasn’t fielded cleanly, allowing another Warrior to cross the plate.
Brady Steiger, who went 3-for-6 on Sunday and finished a home run short of the cycle, restarted the rally with a single up the middle and moved Staton to third.
Lavalli picked up his second extra-base hit of the inning with a two-run double off the left field wall to score Steiger and Staton and make the score 13-0, as the Warriors scored five times with two outs.
Lewis-Clark State heads out on the road again next weekend for the last leg of its 14-game road trip, traveling to Portland, Ore. for a four-game series with Concordia.
Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m., with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Sunday finale is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.