LEWISTON, Idaho – The seventh-ranked Lewis-Clark State College baseball team got the potential winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday, but couldn’t come all the way back in a 4-3 loss to the University of British Columbia at Harris Field.
Trailing 4-2 entering their final at-bat, scratched across one run on catcher Kyle Blackwell’s third hit of the day, an RBI single that scored pinch-runner Tariq Staton. After a walk to Kyle Knigge, the bases were loaded for third baseman Jacob Cano, who had a pair of hits in four trips to that point.
Cano grounded sharply to the left side, but the Thunderbirds converted a 6-4 fielder’s choice to end the game.
Lewis-Clark State moved to 37-13 overall and 21-6 in the NAIA West with the loss, and British Columbia improved to 25-15 and 19-8 after the victory.
Bryan Pawlina worked five innings of one-run ball to bump his record to 9-0 on the season for UBC, and Steve Thompson took the loss for the Warriors, moving to 4-5.
Thompson allowed all four of his runs in the third inning, but combined with David Murillo to hold the T-Birds to one hit over the final six frames.
LCSC’s offense couldn’t cash in on its opportunities against Pawlina and two UBC relievers, stranding 13 runners on base and leaving the bases loaded three times.
The Warriors will round out the four-game series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.