L-C State Knocks Off Baseball 6-2
May 11, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - Playing the first of seven remaining home games on the season, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs (21-26) were held in check on Tuesday afternoon at Avista Stadium as the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors (49-7) won a close game 6-2 after limiting Gonzaga to just three hits on the afternoon. The Warriors entered the game ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA national poll evened their season series with the Bulldogs after Gonzaga won an early March game 9-8 in Lewiston. The two teams will decide the season series next Monday in Lewiston at 6:30 p.m.
Warriors starter Carlos Fisher was dominant on the mound allowing only the three Gonzaga hits with 11 strike outs on the afternoon. Fisher improved to 6-1 on the season allowing both Gonzaga runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bobby Carlson drove home the two Zags runs with a double to right center that scored Marshall Bratton and Kiel Thibault. Bratton and David Johnson finished with the other two Gonzaga hits, both singles.
Gonzaga starter Chris Albrecht was just as effective on the scoreboard as he allowed only one hit in three innings of work. Albrecht was lifted prior to the fourth inning due to a high pitch count as the freshman walked five batters and struck out five batters in three scoreless innings. The Warriors did enough damage against Albrecht's replacement as they scored three runs against Bobby McEwen (0-3) to hand him his third loss of the season.
Seth McCauley opened the fourth with a solo home run to left while Derek Bruce grounded out with the bases loaded to drive home the other L-C State run in the fourth. Brandon Morris then led off the fifth with a home run down the left field line to give L-C State the go ahead run. The Warriors added three insurance runs in the seventh, Tyler Best connecting for an RBI double and Bruce driving home two with a single up the middle.
L-C State was led by McCauley, Best and Ryan Stevenson all with two hits while Justin Fuller extended his school-record hitting streak to 28 games. Gonzaga returns to action this weekend as the Bulldogs host Saint Mary's College in WCC action. Friday and Sunday's games at Avista Stadium are 1 p.m. starts with Saturday's contest a noon start.
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