Baseball Falls To Late L-C State Rally
May 17, 2004
LEWISTON, Ida. - Lewis-Clark State College, ranked third in NAIA, won their 22nd consecutive game Monday night as they rallied for three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to knock off the visiting Gonzaga University Bulldogs, 7-5, at Harris Field in Lewiston. The win was the second in two weeks for L-C State (50-7) over Gonzaga, both wins coming against the Bulldogs (24-27) midweek starters. Gonzaga will conclude the 2004 season at home this weekend with a three-game West Coast Conference series against Loyola Marymount.
L-C State jumped on the board first in the contest scoring two early runs against Bulldogs starter Chris Albrecht. In his last start against the Warriors Albrecht had allowed only one hit in three scoreless innings, but would allow four runs in this start during 4.1 innings on the mound. Brandon Morris drove home the two Warriors runs in the first with an RBI single to left. Derek Bruce would add another L-C State run in the second with a single to right. Josh Celigoy drove in the final L-C State run against Albrecht in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
Gonzaga's offense responded for Albrecht on the mound as they scored four runs in the second innings against Warriors starter Nick Currin. Bobby Carlson started the rally with a solo home run to left, followed two batters later by a two-run home run by David Johnson. Shortstop Aaron McGuinness finished the Zags assault against Currin in the second with a solo homer to left, the Bulldogs third long ball of the inning. Brian Bowman would eventually get L-C State out of the inning and go on to toss 4.2 innings of one run relief.
With the scored tied at 4-4, Gonzaga regained the lead in the top of the seventh on Jeff Culpepper's sacrifice fly. L-C State would tie the game in the bottom half of the seventh on a RBI double by Tyler Best. The Warriors then took the lead on back-to-back triples by Seth McCauley and Anthony Slagle against John Gonzalez (2-4) to start the eighth. Bruce drove home the insurance run with a single to right.
Carlson was the lone Gonzaga player with multiple hits going 2-for-4 as Gonzaga was limited to seven hits. Bruce and Morris each had three hits for L-C State while Nick Seely improved to 5-0 on the season with 2.2 innings of relief.
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