PORTLAND, Ore. – After collecting just one hit and trailing 3-0 through three innings of play, the No. 5 Lewis-Clark State College baseball team settled in to pound the ball all over a wet Porter Park on Friday evening. The Warriors finished with 15 hits and took the series opener against Concordia (Ore.) 13-7.
LCSC has now won four straight and is 28-8 overall with a first-place NAIA West record of 14-3. Concordia, which holds an 11-4 record at home this season, is 17-19 overall and 8-9 in league play.
The game’s persistent drizzling rain didn’t seem to bother the Warriors at all as they scored three runs in the third, two in the fifth, three in the sixth, and five more in the eighth for good measure.
Six Warriors had multiple hits. Ryan Sells was 2-for-3 with four RBI’s, Bobby Joe Tannehill (pictured above) was 3-for-6 with a home run and three runs batted in, and Brian Corliss was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s.
Including Tannehill’s blast, his third of the season, the Warriors had seven extra base hits. Sells had two doubles, Tannehill had one, and Jake Shirley and Cody Lavalli each added RBI triples.
The Warriors batted through the lineup and hit for the cycle as a team in the eighth inning.
Tannehill’s home run, which barely cleared the fence in left field and was deemed a homer after a meeting by the umpires, was the first home run at Porter Park this year.
LCSC’s performance at the plate compensated for a rare off day for starting pitcher Anthony Armanino. The left-handed senior, who entered the game with a 1.83 ERA and opponents hitting just .199 off him, surrendered seven hits, five runs, and five walks. He struck out three.
David Murrillo (3-0) threw 3 2/3 innings in long relief for the Warriors to pick up the win. He gave up one hit and two runs, and walked and struck out four before being replaced by Sal Arena who finished up the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Cavaliers collected 10 hits. Jimmy Sanchez had three and leadoff hitter Blake Drake added two hits and three RBI’s.
LCSC, which has scored 11 or more runs in each of its last four games, is now 4-0 against Concordia this season, having defeated the Oregon school three times at home tournaments in February.
The two teams will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. The four-game series finale will be played at 11 a.m. on Sunday.