LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) Brandon Bargas tossed a four-hitter and struck out 18, while Colin Campbell's RBI single scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help ninth seed Rogers State (Okla.) upset top seed LSU Shreveport (La.) 2-1 in the second round of the Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field on Saturday night.
Rogers State, 47-14, advanced to play No. 4 seed Tennessee-Wesleyan in the winner's bracket on Monday at 3 p.m. LSU Shreveport, 51-5 and the top-ranked team in the NAIA, falls into loser's bracket play and will meet sixth-seed and host Lewis-Clark State at noon on Monday.
Bargas, a 5-foot-9 junior left-hander from Owasso, Okla., fell one strikeout short of tying a Series record of 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game, set by Larry Crayton of East Carolina in 1961 and tied a year later by Mark Dilley of Winona State (Minn.). His strikeout total, however, smashed the previous Rogers State program record of 11.
Bargas and LSU Shreveport's Jared Moretensen were locked in pitcher's duel throughout the contest before the Rogers State bats came to life. Moretensen had a two-hitter entering the seventh, but Rogers State collected two hits and tied the game with a run, and then followed up with four hits in the eighth inning, including Campbell's key RBI single.
Bargas improved to 7-3 overall. He allowed one walk and the lone run he gave up was a third-inning solo home run by LSU Shreveport's Brandon Cooksey.
Mortensen allowed the eight hits and two runs in 7.1 innings. He struck out five and walked one to fall to 11-2 on the season.
Rogers State tied the game in the seventh, although Mortensen retired the first two hitters in the inning. Cody Campbell started the rally with a walk and went to second on a single by Randy Ramirez. Cade McKewon followed with an RBI single to left field.
In the eighth, Bargas appeared to help himself with a double but Eric Barker followed with a ground ball to short that hit Bargas for an automatic out and a single for Baker. Hector Rivera followed with a single to move Baker to second and Campbell followed with his RBI single to left. Campbell was the only player in the game to collect two hits.