SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Much like the day before, when they cobbled together a stunning ninth-inning rally, the Lewis-Clark State Warriors once again found themselves in a hole on the road. Only this time, there would be no late-game heroics.
Despite reaching double-figure hits yet again, the second-ranked LCSC baseball team suffered a 10-3 setback to Cal State San Marcos on Wednesday afternoon. The loss snapped the Warriors’ five-game win streak, dropping them to 5-2 on the season.
The Warriors, in the midst of a 12-game road trip to start the season, collected 10 hits against Cougar pitching, but left eight runners stranded on base. Seth Brown and Michael Sexton had two base knocks apiece for the Warriors, who have recorded at least 10 hits in every game this season.
Cal State San Marcos roughed up five LC State pitchers, including starter Cameron Pongs, for 12 hits. Pongs suffered the loss after allowing four runs, two of which were unearned, on three hits and three walks. The senior left-hander lasted only two innings.
L.A. Gamo and Stefan Miladinovich did most of the damage for Cal State San Marcos, which improved its record to 4-4 with the win. Gamo, the Cougars’ leadoff hitter, went 2-for-3 with five RBIs while Miladinovich drove in three runs on a pair of hits, which included a solo home to start the seventh inning.
The Warriors’ best chance to put some early pressure on the Cougars came in the second inning, when, already facing a 1-0 deficit, they loaded the bases with two outs. But the Warriors failed to plate any scores after Raymond Pedrina struck out swinging.
The Cougars, on the other hand, took advantage of their bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the second when Gamo smoked a two-run single to left field. The home team added an RBI groundout later in the frame for a 4-0 lead.
Ty Jackson put the Warriors on the scoreboard in the third, belting a ball off the wall in right-center field for a run-scoring triple. It was the second triple of the season for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, who, along with Brown, leads the team with 11 RBIs.
But much like they did against Pongs, the Cougars just kept chipping away at all four of LC State’s relievers. They scored in every inning but two, and tallied multiple runs in three of those innings. They led 9-1 before the Warriors managed to plate their final two scores in the top of the eighth.
Chadwick Ka’alekahi swung at the first pitch he saw in the inning, bashing it for a run-scoring double with two outs. Robert Smith Jr., pinch-hitting for Sexton, then punched an RBI single to left to complete LC State’s scoring for the day. It was the most productive inning of the game for the Warriors, who tallied four of their 10 hits during the frame.
The Warriors’ tour of sunny Southern California continues Thursday, when they travel to Irvine to face Concordia University for a doubleheader. The first game starts at 10:30 a.m. with the second to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener. Both games will air on 950 KOZE-AM.
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