KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A late inning rally fell short for Oregon Tech in the opener, while in game 2 Lewis-Clark State recorded 18 hits, and starter Nick Lemoncelli limited the Owls to just three hits in his start, as the Owls fell to the third-ranked Warriors 10-7 & 16-5 in NAIA West baseball action this afternoon at Kiger Stadium.
Game 1 – Tied 2-2, Lewis-Clark State College would explode for five runs in the seventh to take control, eventually winning 10-7.
The Warriors plated the game’s first run in their first at-bat, an unearned run on an attempted pick off play at first. A solo homerun by Cody Lavalli made it 2-0.
Tech would tie the game at 2-2 with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning.
LC-State answered with a five-run seventh to go up 7-2. Lavalli would launch his second homerun of the opener, a three-run blast to left-center, highlighting the inning.
Tech’s Aaron Bocchi went the opposite way in the 8th inning, driving in two runs on his team-leading third homerun of the season, making it 7-4.
The Warriors tallied three more in their last at-bat in the ninth, including a Cody Weiss two-run double.
Tech would rally in the bottom of the ninth, pushing across three runs and sending the winning run to the plate with bases loaded. With two outs, however, a strike out would end the game with the Owls dropping the 10-7 contest.
Austin Taylor fell to 3-4 on the season, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in 6.2 innings. Aaron Bocchi homered and drove in two runs with Tyson Dahl adding two hits and a RBI. Ryan Hayden recorded a single and RBI with Ben Krueger walking in a run.
Steve Thompson improved to 2-1 on the mound for the Warriors after scattering four hits and allowing two unearned runs in six innings of work. Jake Shirley tallied three hits with Lavalli driving in four runs on his two homeruns in the opener. Cody Weiss added two hits and two RBI.
Game 2 – LC State opened the nightcap with a 5-0 lead, eventually moving up 16-1. The Owls would tally four runs in their last at-bat for the final 16-5 margin.
A Brian Corliss solo homerun started the scoring in the first inning, while the Warriors added a run on a Ryan Sells RBI single to take a 2-0 advantage. Jake Shirley made it 3-0 on a RBI single up the middle in the second inning.
Michael Sexton singled home a run, while a Shirley sacrifice fly put the visitors ahead 5-0.
The Owls touched Warrior starter Nick Lemoncelli for their first base hit, a single by Domonic Morris in the fourth inning, and in the fifth inning got a runner in scoring position on a Colton Minton walk and stolen base. Minton scored the Owls’ first run on a Bryce Asao RBI single to close to 5-1. The inning would end with stranded runners on first and second.
The Warriors would add to their lead on a RBI double from Kyle Knigge in the seventh inning with two more coming in the eighth on a two out double from Tariq Staton, taking an 8-1 lead. The Warriors tacked on eight runs in their last at-bat in the ninth inning to jump out to a 16-1 advantage.
The Owls would capitalize on four LC State errors in the ninth inning to help score four runs for the final 16-5 margin.
Chase Meister took the loss in the nightcap, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in 7.0 innings. Tyson Dahl, Ryan Hayden and Bryce Asao finished with two hits each with Hayden driving in two runs and Asao and Dahl one each in the game.
For the Warriors Shirley and Jorge Ortega tallied three hits each, with Kyle Knigge, Ryan Sells and Kevin Hawk adding two hits in the nightcap. Shirley drove in three runs with Sells adding two RBI in the win.
The teams will wrap up their four-game series, weather permitting, tomorrow in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon.