PORTLAND, Ore. – The No. 5-ranked Lewis-Clark State College baseball team split a doubleheader with Concordia (Ore.) University on Saturday afternoon at Porter Park. Stymied by another left-handed pitcher, the Warriors fell 7-3 in game one before rebounding to throttle the Cavs 13-2 in game two.
LCSC, 29-9 overall and 15-4 in NAIA West play, had multiple chances in the opening game, however, lefty Alex Bos was able to strand 13 runners and keep the Warriors at bay.
Bos (3-5), a senior from Vancouver, Wash., used 161 pitches to go 8 1/3 innings and surrender just three runs. He scattered nine hits and five walks, and struck out three.
The Warriors left the bases loaded in the second inning, stranded two runners in the seventh, and two more in the ninth. LCSC seemed to find Bos’ number in the ninth, but, after three hits and a run, Concordia brought in Blake Evetts who induced a groundball double play to end the game.
The Cavaliers did most their damage in the third inning when they used five singles, a hit batsmen, and a three-run double by Cole Buruse to plate five runs and take a 6-1 lead. Buruse also had an RBI single in the second and led the game with four runs batted in.
The win helped move Concordia to 18-19 on the year with a 9-9 record in league play.
In game two, Lewis-Clark State left nothing up to chance as it broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning to give starting pitcher Steve Thompson more than enough run support to work with.
Thompson (3-3) went six innings, surrendered seven hits and one run, and struck out seven to pick up the win.
With 11 hits, the Warriors had steady production up and down the lineup, but Brady Steiger set the tone with a four RBI performance which included a solo home run to right center in the top of the first. It was Steiger’s fourth homer of the season and just the second blast hit at Porter Park this year. Jake Shirley also had a strong night as he led the team with three hits and had two runs and two RBI’s.
LCSC’s offense, which ranks eighth in the nation in batting average (.328), benefited by season highs of 11 walks and six hit batsmen.
If weather permits, the Warriors and Cavs will play the fourth and final game of the series on Sunday at 11 a.m.