LEWISTON, Idaho – In an elimination game on Memorial Day at the 58th annual Avista-NAIA World Series, the eighth-seeded Southern Polytechnic State University baseball team suffered a 9-1 loss to the No. 2-seeded Lewis-Clark State College Warriors at Harris Field. Southern Polytechnic is ranked No. 9 nationally in the NAIA while Lewis-Clark State is second.
The Warriors are hosting the double-elimination World Series tournament with the winner being crowned either on May 29 or 30, depending upon if the eventual national champion falls in one of its earlier-round contests.
Ten squads (of 189 NAIA programs) qualified for this year's World Series. The Hornets made their third appearance in the NAIA World Series after also going in 1986 and 2009.
On Monday, SPSU scored once in the bottom of the first inning before LCSC picked up nine unanswered runs. Lewis-Clark State tied things up in the third inning and took the lead for good, 2-1, in the sixth. The Warriors added two runs in the seventh, three in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Southern Poly was outhit by a 13-4 margin and each team was guilty of three errors. LCSC, which has won an NAIA-record 16 national championships, stranded nine base runners and the Hornets seven.
On the mound for Southern Poly, Forrest Garrett started before giving way to Cole Goodwin, who took the loss after allowing four hits and two runs with four strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Blake Barrow (2/3 inning) and Zach Smith (1/3 inning) each pitched before Troy Herterick went two innings, striking out one and walking one.
The Hornets, who played in the final contest in the history of their program, conclude the 2014 season with a 46-19 overall record while Lewis-Clark State moves on at 44-8.
SPSU was in the NAIA national tournament on 10 occasions, including seven times in the last eight years. Southern Poly, which captured five conference tournament titles, including this season, averaged nearly 44 wins per season since 2007.