L-C State Beats Dawgs On Ninth-Inning Homer

April 28, 2009

SEATTLE - Lewis-Clark State's Brian Ward hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Warriors to a 5-2 win over the Washington baseball team Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.

Ward, the Warriors' catcher, came up with two on and one out in the ninth and hit the first offering from UW reliever Brian Pearl into the bullpen in left field.

L-C State, the three-time defending NAIA champion, improved to 34-11 on the season while the Huskies broke a four-game winning streak to fall to 18-23.

The game included a 47-minute rain delay prior to the start of the fourth inning.

Warriors reliever Nick Masters, who came on in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs and struck out the side, finished the game to pick up the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. He struck out eight over his three innings, including all three in the ninth.

UW reliever Geoff Brown (4-4), who allowed the two batters before Ward to reach base in the ninth, suffered the loss, working one inning in relief.

Slugger Kyle Conley got the UW on the board in the first when he hit a two-out, solo homer to left. It was his 17th of the year and the 40th of his career. His 17 homers rank fifth (tied) in UW single-season history and he's just the third player in Husky history to hit 40 or more in a career. Conley is now just two homers shy of the school record of 42, set by Ed Erickson (1997-2000).

In the third, the Warriors got their first two hitters aboard on back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt, Ben Ornelas singled through the middle to tie the score at 1-1. But with runners at the corners and one out, a double-play groundout ended the inning.

After the rain delay, L-C State scored one in the fourth to move in front. Kawika Emsley-Pai, aboard at second on a single and a balk, scored from second on a two-out, infield single from Kyle Melton, making it 2-1.

Washington drew even with a run in the seventh as Jake Rife singled home a run. However, with the bases loaded and no outs, Nick Masters came on in relief for the Warriors and struck out Conley, Troy Scott and Pierce Rankin to end the inning with the score tied at 2-2.

This Friday through Sunday, USC comes to Seattle for a three-game series. All three games vs. USC will air live on KKNW AM-1150. Game times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (free admission) and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameLewis-Clark State 5, Washington 2Lewis-Clark St.   001 100 003 -- 5 9 0Washington        100 000 100 -- 2 8 1Tom Peale, Dustin Willis (4), Nick Masters (7) and BrianWard. Seth Haehl, Forrest Snow (5), Geoff Brown (8),Brian Pearl (9) and Brett Wilcox. W - Masters (3-2). L -Brown (4-4). 2B - UW, Kyle Conley. HR - LC, Ward (2); UW,Conley (17). T - 2:47. A - 391.
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