Cougars Fall at LCSC 9-2
May 19, 2004
LEWISTON, Idaho. -- Tyler Best belted two home runs and Carlos Fisher threw a six-hit complete game as the Lewis-Clark State Warriors handed the visiting Washington State Cougars a 9-2 setback at Harris Field Wednesday evening in a non-conference baseball game. The win was the second in three games between the two rivals this season.
Fisher (7-1) struck out five and allowed just one hit in the first five innings as the Warriors (51-8) bounced back from a loss at Washington Tuesday. Fisher threw 131 pitched in notching LCSC's first complete game of the season.
Cougar (26-23) starter Bryce Chamberlin (6-2) took the loss, working the first three innings while allowing just three hits and two runs, one earned. Brad Selinger, Wayne Daman Jr., Dane Renkert and James Freeman also saw mound action for WSU.
In one of the bigger story lines of the game, Warrior second baseman Justin Fuller failed to get a hit for the first time in 31 games. The last time he failed to collect a hit was March 13 at home against Bellevue University. His school record 30-game hitting streak came to end when he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning after grounding out four times.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to Tyler Best's two-run home run that easily cleared the wall in right center. Josh Celigoy, aboard on a Cougar fielding error, trotted home ahead of Best.
Two innings later, facing Selinger, Best hit another towering fly ball that just cleared the left centerfield fence, giving the Warriors a 3-0 lead. LCSC added two more runs in the inning when Anthony Slagle doubled down the right field line to score Brandon Morris and Derek Bruce.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Jason Freeman's fly ball to left field was deep enough to score Kaeo Rubin, who opened the inning with his second hit of the night. Rubin had moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt at first and to third on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, WSU pushed across another run, but missed a chance to add to its total. Zach McAngus opened the inning with a single and after a pair of outs, pinch hitter Zach Franklin singled to left and Zach Kosterus, hitting for J. J. Burress, plated McAngus with an infield single.
Fisher fielded Kosterus' chopper between the mound and third and raced Franklin toward third, but couldn't get their first as the run scored. Rubin, who already had two hits, couldn't catch up with a Fisher fast ball and struck out to end the WSU rally.
The Warriors countered WSU's seventh inning run when Josh Celigoy went over the left field fence with his fifth home run of the year. Hit into the deep shadows of Harris Field, Justin Hart made a leaping attempt at the home run and for several seconds, the fans didn't know if the ball was over the fence or in Hart's glove.
LCSC closed out its scoring in the eighth with three runs without the benefit of a hit. A pair of Cougar errors on one play, a hit batter and four walks forced home the three runs.
WSU returns to Pacific-10 Conference action Friday, playing host to the Oregon State Beavers at 6:00 p.m. in the first of three weekend games.
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