Beau Kerns finished out the game without giving up a hit and fanned six to earn the Warriors win. (Photo: LCSC)
LEWISTON, Idaho -- No. 4 Lewis-Clark State went on a late-inning surge to beat No. 5 Davenport 6-2 in their NAIA World Series opening round meeting at Harris Field on Friday night.
The Panthers (51-11) got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Brandon Cable singled in Dylan Zylstra following his 1-out double to take a 1-0 lead.
It was short lived.
The Warriors (42-11) tied things up in the bottom of the frame when Andris Rizquez, running for pitcher Ty Jackson, scored on a past ball on Cameron Pongs' strikeout. LCSC took its first lead of the game a few batters later when Zach Holley singled off of Davenport pitcher Brendan Bender to score Max Whitt.
Cable tied things up at 2-2 for the Panthers in the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff solo home run to right center.
Again, it was short lived.
Robert Smith Jr. led off with a triple for Lewis-Clark State in the bottom of the sixth and with two outs Davenport reliever Jonathan Chesire threw a wild pitch to plate Smith Jr. to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.
LCSC put the game away in bottom of the seventh with a three-run inning highlighted by Seth Brown's home run.
Jackson gave up just four hits and the Panthers' two runs in his five innings on the mound for Lewis-Clark State. Beau Kerns finished the game with four scoreless innings pitched and six strikeouts to earn the win.
The Warriors earn a bye with the win and will face the winner of No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 8 Concordia on Monday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Davenport falls to the loser's bracket and will face No. 9 St. Thomas tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT at Harris Field.