MONMOUTH, Ore. – The first game was a slugfest, the second more of a pitchers’ duel, and the end result was a split for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team and Western Oregon University in a doubleheader on Saturday. The No. 5 Warriors won the opener 13-12 before falling to the Wolves 4-2.
The split gives LCSC a 2-1 lead in the series heading into the fourth and final game on Sunday. The first pitch of the finale is set for noon, with live coverage available at: www.koze-sports.com. This will be the Warriors’ final road game of the season.
In the opening game, LCSC scored 12 of its 13 runs in the final four innings to come away with the win. The late scoring was keyed by a six-run sixth inning during which the Warriors used four hits and four walks to bat through the lineup and take a 7-5 lead.
LCSC continued to add insurance runs over the next three innings, and every one proved to be necessary before it was all said and done.
Down 13-8, the Wolves plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth and left the tying run on third and the winning run on second. After a two-run home run by Matt Nylen made it a one-run game, LCSC called upon reliever David Murillo to nail down the third and final out.
The right-hander surrendered two singles and then a walk to load the bases, but was able to get the fourth batter he faced to line out to first baseman Brady Steiger to end the game. It was Murillo’s third save of the season.
Starting pitcher Carsen Nylund earned the win after going seven innings and allowing 11 hits and seven runs. He struck out three and walked none, and is now 6-1.
LCSC had 13 hits in the contest including three apiece by Bobby Joe Tannehill and Jacob Cano and two by Jake Shirley. Western Oregon, which had 18 hits, was led by four hits from Blake Miller and three apiece by Scott David, Nylen, and Daniel McNabb.
In game two, which was scheduled for seven innings, the Warriors’ offense was cooled by Western’s starter Zach Nuno. The right-handed senior allowed just two runs and scattered eight hits and two walks in going the distance. He struck out seven.
LCSC’s only scoring came late as Steiger scored on a wild pitch in the sixth and Kyle Knigge drove in one with a single in the seventh. The Warriors had a chance to score an additional run in the sixth, however, Shirley was thrown out at the plate after trying to score from second on a single by Cody Lavalli. Shirley was ejected from the game for colliding with the catcher during the play.
The Wolves’ runs came via a triple followed by a sac fly in the second, RBI doubles by Miller in the third and fifth, and an RBI single by Nylen in the fifth. Miller led the game with three hits.
The Warriors, who are 4-3 against the Wolves this season, are now 36-10 overall, while NCAA D-II Western Oregon is 24-17.