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Lewis-Clark State Holds Off St. Thomas, 6-5

Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) Not even a 38-minute weather delay could hold down Lewis-Clark State’s (Idaho) pursuit of a fourth-straight national title, as the Warriors downed No. 3 St. Thomas (Fla.), 6-5, in the final game of day one at the 2018 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series

“The weather delay gave us some time to breathe a little bit,” said Lewis-Clark State head coach Jeremiah Robbins. “Everyone thinks that the time off is beneficial, but it kills us. You get out here and the level that we were playing out here is a level that we never play at. We were able to come back down and play Warrior baseball. That’s a huge win right there.”

The win moves the Lewis-Clark State to 143-46 all-time at the World Series in 37 appearances.

Standout performances
• Starting pitcher Lalo Porras tossed a season-best seven inning en route to the win for Lewis-Clark State. The senior scattered five hits and allowed two runs in the game while striking out three. With the win, he improves to 2-0 on the season.
• Six different Warriors tallied at least one hit in the game, led by Tyler McDowell’s two. The senior also had a team-high two RBI.
• St. Thomas’ Sergio Lopez was a force at the plate tonight with two home runs and two RBI. The Miami, Fla., native is the first player to hit two home runs in a game since Lewis-Clark State’s J.J. Robinson accomplished the feat last season against William Carey (Miss.).
• Bobcat starting pitcher Orlando Rodriguez (14-1) was handed his first loss of the season. He had previously won 13-straight outings.

How it happened
• After a scoreless first, St. Thomas lit the scoreboard in the top of the second on a Nick Izquierdo single to right field.
• The Warriors answered in the third stanza on a single by Kasey Bailey, which scored Joey Parente. Parente walked earlier in the inning.
• A home run by Lopez – his 14th of the season – made it a 2-1 ball game after three and a half innings.
• Lewis-Clark State claimed its first lead of the game, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth via a bases loaded walk and balk. Both plays came with two outs in the frame.
• The Warriors pushed their advantage to 6-2 with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, highlighted by a two-out solo home run by Tyler McDowell.
• St. Thomas cut the deficit to 6-5 in the top of the eighth on a two-run bomb by Chris Garabedian and a second solo home run by Lopez.

What’s next?
• Lewis-Clark State (39-11) advances to play the winner of No. 2 Georgia Gwinnett and No. 7 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT. The Warriors have won their opening game in four-straight appearances.
• St. Thomas (56-8) drops to 7-11 all-time in the World Series. The Bobcats play No. 10 University of Northwestern Ohio tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Championship Information

NAIA Baseball Championship
Sports Rules - Baseball