Lewis-Clark Defeats Willamette in Both Games of Doubleheader

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Lewis-Clark State College, ranked #1 in the nation in the NAIA, defeated Willamette University 5-2 and 15-0 to sweep a non-conference doubleheader at John Lewis Field on Saturday, April 10. The wins gave the Warriors a 30-2 overall record. Willamette dropped to 9-17 on the season.

Willamette provided the Warriors with a quality battle in the first game. Both teams finished the game with seven hits, but Lewis-Clark was able to gain an edge with three solo home runs.

The first homer was hit by Michael Bush to begin the top of the first inning. One out later, Brian Gaylord reached base on an error. With two outs, a walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases, but WU starting pitcher Devin Grindy (Jr., RHP, Washougal, WA/Camas HS) struck out Gino Casini to end the inning.

Pat Murray belted the second solo homer for Lewis-Clark with two outs in the third inning.

Willamette cut the lead to 2-1 by tallying a run in the bottom of the fourth. Max Stepan (Jr., C, Pueblo, CO/Pueblo County HS) walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sky Kelley (Fr., RF, Canby, OR/Jesuit HS) drove Stepan home with a double to center field.

Consecutive doubles by Gaylord and Brian Burke in the top of the fifth produced Lewis-Clark's third run of the game. One batter later, with runners at first and second, Kawika Emlsey-Pai hit into a double play, as Burke moved to third. Casini sent Burke across the plate with a single.

A two-run homer by Josh Ashenbrenner increased the LCSC lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Stepan reached base an error, Kelly went to first on catcher's interference and T.C. Lee (Jr., LF, Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. The Warriors turned a double play and Murray caught a line drive at first base to end the threat.

Willamette recorded the game's final run in the seventh, when Tyson Giza (Fr., CF, Salem, OR/Sprague HS) doubled down the right field line and later scored on a ground out by Mitchell Rowan (So., DH/RF, Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS).

Casini led LCSC in the opener with two hits in four at bats. Kelly went 2 for 3 and Rowan was 2 for 5 for Willamette.

Middle reliever Tim Stuvland earned the win for the Warriors. He threw 3 1/3 and allowed one run and four hits. Henry Buenrostro pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for Lewis-Clark to earn his sixth save. Grindy fell to 2-4 on the season with the loss.

In the second game, Lewis-Clark claimed a 2-0 lead in the first inning and then pulled away with five runs in the third and seven runs in the fifth. The Warriors earned 16 hits and took advantage of three walks, three hit batters and three WU errors.

Shortstop Kevin Lovelace led LCSC with a 3-for-4 performance. He hit a double to start the game, a three run-homer in the fifth and a single in the eighth. He also had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and finished with four RBIs and two runs scored. Trent Bridges was 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

The Warriors achieved five hits during their five-run outburst in the third inning. One of the hits was an RBI double by Danny Anguiano.

The three-run homer by Lovelace was the key hit for LCSC in the fifth inning. Will Thorp added a double and Travis Georgius drove in two runs with a single to left. Lewis-Clark earned a total of six hits during the stanza.

Four LCSC pitchers combined to limit the Bearcats to five hits in the second game. The Warrior pitchers also recorded nine strikeouts.

Cody Fassold, who went to the mound in the fourth inning, tossed three scoreless and hitless innings for Lewis-Clark. He improved to 5-0 with the win. Jake Jones (Fr., RHP, Wilsonville, OR/Wilsonville HS) of Willamette dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

T.C. Lee and Eli Kass (Fr., 2B, Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz HS) each went 1 for 2 at the plate for Willamette. Three other Bearcats also registered one hit during the game.

WU and LCSC will complete the three-game series with a single game on Sunday, April 11. Game time is set for 12 p.m. (PDT).


Lewis-Clark State College 5
Willamette University 2

Lewis-Clark State College 15
Willamette University 0
Mitchell Rowan went 2 for 5 with an RBI in the first game. Rowan is hitting .366 for the season.

Mitchell Rowan went 2 for 5 with an RBI in the first game. Rowan is hitting .366 for the season.