LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College baseball team used four home runs to help earn a doubleheader split with Western Oregon University on Saturday at Harris Field. Despite three long balls, the No. 2 Warriors fell 6-4 in the first game before rallying to take the second 8-4.
LCSC’s middle infielders provided much of the run support as shortstop Max Whitt drilled two solo homers in game one’s losing effort, while second baseman Cabe Reiten led the charge with three hits and three RBIs in the second.
LC State, now 10-4, will look to take the four-game series against the NCAA Division II Wolves (3-12) with a win in the finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.
Third baseman Michael Sexton also added a two-run homer to straightaway center in the opener on Saturday, but despite the firepower the Warriors couldn’t make up for four errors and pitching struggles early on.
Western Oregon scored three runs in the first inning thanks to three hits, an error, and a hit batsmen. Matt Taylor had a two-run double in the inning and finished 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
WOU starter Garrett Alvarez went five inning, surrendering five hits and three runs to earn the win. Gary Steindorf pitched the ninth to pick up the save.
LCSC used three arms in the game. Starter Quin Grogan was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) in four innings. Adrian Martinez and Cameron Pongs held the Wolves scoreless over the final five frames.
In game two, the Warriors broke up a close game with three runs in both the sixth and seventh. The sixth inning scoring was a product of three consecutive singles followed by a hit by pitch with the bases loaded and then a passed ball. In the seventh, LCSC used two singles to capitalize on a walk and a couple of fielding errors.
Along with Reiten, centerfielder Raymond Pedrina and catcher Julian Ramon tallied multiple hits (two apiece) in game two, while Zach Holley had a hit, two runs scored, and two RBIs.
Dillon Keene pitched 3.2 solid innings in relief to get the win. He struck out five and surrendered just one run. Western Oregon used five pitchers and long reliever Spencer Trautmann took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the sixth.
With hits in both games, Reiten extended his hitting streak to 14 as he’s hit safely in all of the team’s games this year. Whitt leads the team with six home runs.
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