Oregon Tech in series opener
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Beau Mills hit his 24th home run of
the season and extended his hitting streak
to 21 games to help the Lewis-Clark State
College baseball team defeat Oregon Tech
15-8 on Tuesday in the opening game of a
three-game NAIA Region I series.
The win was the 11th straight for the top-ranked Warriors,
who are now 39-3 overall and 19-1 in Region
I action. Oregon Tech Falls to 7-25 and
Mills hit a grand-slam home run in the second inning jumped
out to a 9-1 lead and cruised from there.
Mills leads the NAIA in home runs and is now
tied for third on the LCSC single-season
home run list with Doug Blume, who hit 24
home runs in the 1979 season. The all-time
school record is 30 held by Jim O’Dell.
Mills finished 1-for-4 at the plate with five RBI.
Mike Rivera added three RBI and accomplished the unusual
task of hitting for the sacrifice fly cycle.
He had a sacrifice fly to left field, center
field, and right field, all of which drove
in a run. He finished 1-for-2 at the plate
with three RBI.
Zach Evangelho went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Jessie Mier
was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
In all, the Warriors collected 15 hits, eight of which went
for extra bases.
Oregon Tech knocked around Lewis-Clark State pitchers to an
unusual degree, collecting 13 hits.
Oregon Tech roughed up Will Morgan (3-1) in his first start
of the season, tagging the junior
right-hander for nine runs on seven hits
through six innings. The junior
right-hander, who typically shares L-C's
late-game relief duties with Brian Parker,
struck out eight, but saw his ERA more than
double, rising to 1.26.
The Owls got three runs and four hits off reliever Brian
Bird, who worked the final three innings.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning
at 11 a.m.