errors costly in losses at L-C State
Lewis-Clark State took advantage of eight College of Idaho errors to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Coyotes, winning 4-0 and 7-1, at Harris Field in Lewiston.
The No. 13 ranked Warriors (20-6, 11-3 NAIA West) used a four-run fifth inning to secure the win in Game 1, the broke open a tight game with a four-run seventh inning outburst in Game 2.
In the opener, the Coyotes (18-8, 4-3) squandered opportunities in four of the first five innings - stranding runners in scoring position with two outs each time. After a 10-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth, Trent Bridges doubled home a run to get L-C on the board, with Alfonso Casillas following with a sacrifice fly, and a Coyote error allowing two more runs to plate. The C of I had a chance in the sixth, loading the bases with one out, but a double play ball got the Warriors out of the inning.
Michael Noteware and Mitchell Wilhite combined on a seven-hit shutout, with Bridges going 3-for-5 in the win for L-C. Jarel Lewis and Zach Fabricius each had two hits in the loss for the Yotes, who saw Izaac Garsez make his first appearance on the mound in two seasons - throwing a scoreless eighth inning, with one strikeout.
The Yotes had opportunities galore in Game 2 as well - but struggled to get the clutch hit all afternoon. In the second, Lewis and Tanner Hodges singled to start the frame, but Lewis was thrown out a third trying to move up on a flyball out - which loomed large, as Jeffrey Harris followed with a single. L-C starter Luke Goodigon got out of trouble by fanning Brett Ward.
The Warriors responded with single runs in the second and third - as a Will Thorp sacrifice fly made it 1-0, and after a two-base throwing error by Fabricius put a runner on third, Casillas drove in a run with a ground ball out.
Garsez finally got the Yotes on the board with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, but Lewis grounded out with the tying and go-ahead run in scoring position to end the inning.
L-C broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four times - thanks to a pair of C of I errors. The Yotes had chances late, but rallied were stifled in the seventh and eighth inning by inning-ending double play balls.
Sal Arena limited the Yotes to two hits in four-plus innings of relief for the win, with Bridges and Billy Silvestri each recording two hits for L-C. Garsez, Lewis, and Cameron Packham each had two hits for the Yotes, with Fabricius going six-plus innings, allowing just two earned runs and striking out four.
Game 4 of the series is tomorrow at 1 p.m. (PT)