McDowell perfect in rout of Wildcats; Warriors throttle Central Washington 18-8

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Tyler McDowell became the 11th Warrior to collect six hits in a game as the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team pummeled Central Washington 18-8 at CWU Baseball Field on Tuesday afternoon.

McDowell finished the contest 6-for-6 with four runs scored and four RBI. He’s the first Warrior to collect six hits since Beau Mills did so at Gonzaga on Mar. 27, 2007. It’s the second time an LC State player has accomplished the feat against CWU with Mike Madrid going 6-for-8 in Ellensburg on May 1, 2002.

Three of McDowell’s six hits went for doubles, the first time a player has done that since Tariq Staten did so against Whitworth on May 5, 2013. D.J. Kooken holds the single-game doubles record with four.

It wasn’t all easy for the Warriors on Tuesday as LCSC trailed 3-0 after the first inning. A dropped fly ball allowed the leadoff hitter to reach and Darren Honeysett singled home the first run. Tanner Romo followed a pair of two-out walks with a two-run double to make it 3-0.

McDowell helped cut into the lead with his first hit of the day, a single to right. Micah Brown followed with a single, a fielder’s choice moved McDowell to third and an error on a pickoff attempt allowed him to score LC’s first run.

Another two-out RBI by the Wildcats pushed the lead back to three, but the Warriors’ bats woke up in the third, scoring five runs on three hits and two errors.

Robert Smith Jr. drew a one-out hit by pitch and scored on Jacob Zanon’s double. A CWU error allowed J.J. Robinson to reach and put runners on the corners for Julian Ramon who reached on a dropped fly ball by the Wildcats’ left fielder. McDowell followed with his first double, scoring Robinson, before both he and Ramon scored on Brown’s single for a 6-4 lead.

In the fifth, LCSC added four more tallies on four hits, beginning with a leadoff home run by Zanon. A Ramon walk and back-to-back singles by McDowell and Brown loaded the bases for Chase Hafer who singled to right center, scoring two. Gunnar Buhner plated the fourth run with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout.

Robinson joined in the extra-base parade with a home run in the sixth and McDowell added another double, but was left stranded to end the inning.

LC State hung another crooked number in the seventh, plating six runs on six hits. A one out walk to Buhner got things going and singles by Griffin, Smith Jr. and Zanon loaded the bases and scored a run. Robinson followed with a bases clearing double and McDowell homered with two outs for a 17-5 lead.

Conor Plaisance homered for the Wildcats in the bottom of the inning and CWU plated two more in the ninth, but McDowell was too much, doubling home another run in the top of the ninth for the 18-8 win.

While McDowell had a career day, Brown finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored with Zanon tallying three hits, three RBI and scoring three times. Robinson was 2-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored as well.

In all, LCSC tallied 19 hits, 17 RBI and nine extra base hits. CWU finished with 11 hits, five errors and five extra base hits.

Four Warriors toed the rubber in the game with the win going to Noel Gonzalez who allowed one run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts in relief of starter Matthew Fish.

The win moves the Warriors to 41-7 overall and 158-34-2 against the Wildcats since 1969. Central Washington falls to 22-20 on the year and 16-46-1 against LC in Ellensburg.

Lewis-Clark State returns home for their final regular-season series against Corban University sponsored by P1FCU. Game one is a 5 p.m. start on Friday, Apr. 29 and is Warrior Zone Night. Saturday, Apr. 30 features a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 is a 12 p.m. first pitch and is Little League/LC baseball card giveaway day.