Kerns goes the distance again, LC State tops San Marcos

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Playing 11 games in nine days – and on the road – is hard on any pitching staff. However, the burden has been a little easier to bear for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team thanks to the herculean efforts of Lewiston High School product Beau Kerns. The senior pitched his second straight complete game on Friday, leading the No. 2 Warriors to an 8-3 win over Cal State San Marcos.

The victory lifts LC State to 7-3 overall as looks to wrap up its 11-game road trip on Saturday in Compton, Calif., against Bethesda University. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. with live coverage with Brian Danner available on 950AM-KOZE or online at www.koze-sports.com.

Kerns, who threw a complete game shutout against the College of Idaho on Sunday, used 97 pitches to scatter eight hits over nine innings on Friday afternoon. He struck out four while holding down a San Marcos lineup that collected 12 hits in its 10-3 win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

After being blanked for the first two innings, the Warrior lineup put pressure on the Cougars’ pitching staff the rest of the way, adding single runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth and then a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth.

With three hits and two runs apiece, third baseman Michael Sexton and right fielder Zach Holley provided half of the team’s production on offense. Holley hit an RBI double in the fourth to put the Warriors up 2-0, and Sexton added a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the ninth.

Left fielder Andris Rizquez and first baseman Seth Brown both tallied two hits and a run scored, while second baseman Cabe Reiten scored twice and hit an RBI triple in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Six of the Warriors’ 12 hits were for extra bases as Rizquez and Brown also had doubles.

San Marcos (4-5) used seven pitchers to try to slow the Warriors up. Starter Manny Barragan took the loss after surrendering six hits and three runs in 4.2 innings of work.

At the plate, Stefan Miladinovich and Tyler Place led the Cougars with two hits each. Brandon Bentson had the team’s biggest hit of the day, a solo homer to lead off the sixth and cut the lead to 4-2.

Kerns, a 5-foot-10 righty who transferred to LC State as a junior from Wenatchee Valley College, is the first Warrior to pitch back-to-back complete games since Garrett Wilson in 2013 and Michael Guerrero in 2008.

Logan Fowler

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Asst. Director of College Communications
Lewis-Clark State College
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