LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) had six individual post multi-hit performances, as the Warriors advance to the championship game of the 2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series with a 13-7 win over No. 3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Wednesday evening at Harris Field.
With the win, Lewis-Clark State (45-14) advances to the World Series final for the 22nd time. The Warriors await the result of No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 2 Lee (Tenn.). If Faulkner wins, Lewis-Clark State will face the Eagles tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. PDT in Game 18. If Lee wins, the Warriors automatically jump to Game 19 because they would be the last remaining team to receive a bye. Embry-Riddle (50-15) is eliminated from the event.
“We’re thrilled to be in the position we’re in,” said Lewis-Clark State head coach Jeremiah Robbins. “We’re still controlling our own destiny, which is a great thing to be able to say at this point in the season. Our team is so tough. Our guys just prepare themselves the right way. They’re always ready.”
Lewis-Clark State, who entered the game leading in the NAIA in hits and runs scored per game, flexed its offensive muscles once again with 16 hits. The Warriors have reached double figure hits in nine of their last 11 games, including 3-of-4 at the World Series.
Lewis-Clark State’s Brady Steiger improved his team leading batting average to .433 with a 3-for-4 effort, including two runs scored and two RBI. Joining Steiger with three hits was Brian Corliss (3-for-3), who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth.
Bobby Joe Tannehill continued his hot hitting at the World Series with a 2-for-3, two RBI and two runs scored effort. Tannehill currently leads the World Series in batting average at .579 (11-for-19), while taking over first-place in RBI with eight.
Anthony Armanino (11-3) earned his second win at the World Series, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in five innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Sal Arena and Garrett Wilson split the final four innings for Lewis-Clark State, each allowing one run.
Eric Peterson’s grounder to first base that skipped away from the Embry-Riddle first baseman and into right field, punctuated a five-run top of the fifth that gave Lewis-Clark State the lead for good, 7-3.
Lewis-Clark State jumped out to a quick 1-0 advantage in the third on a check-swing single by Steiger that drove in Kyle Knigge from second base.
Embry-Riddle answered in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run by Kyle Chastain, who was previously hitless at this year’s World Series. The blast is his third of the season.
The Warriors added a homer of their own by Cody Lavalli to knot the score at two apiece, however Embry-Riddle got an RBI by Mike Gragilla to give the Eagles back a one-run, 3-2, lead after four innings.
Following Lewis-Clark State’s five-run fifth, the Warriors tacked on two runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth to seal the victory.
Embry-Riddle added a run in the bottom of the ninth to close the contest.
On bright spot for the Eagles was the play of third baseman Jeff Lemon. Lemon, who finished the contest 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored, extended his hitting streak to 10 games on a single to left field in the fifth inning.
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series is a 10-team, double-elimination event hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. For more information on the World Series, click here.