LEWISTON - (Boxscore) The College of Idaho baseball team saw their season come to an end on Saturday with a 5-1 loss to Lewis-Clark State at the 2012 NAIA World Series.
A crowd of 2,530 made their way to Harris Field to watch just the fifth all-Idaho World Series matchup in history and first since 2002.
LCSC (42-13) struck for four unearned runs in the opening frame – all with two outs. First baseman Jesse Dodd's error on Alfonso Casillas' shot down the line allowed Kyle Knigge to score from second. Then two batters later, Braxton Miller followed with a three-run homerun to left-centerfield to put the Warriors up 4-0.
Casillas came through again in the third, singling home Knigge, who led off the frame with a double, to make it 5-0.
The Yotes (41-21) stranded a pair of runners in the third, but finally broke through against Warrior starter Anthony Armanino in the fifth. Nine-hitter Andrew Sewell was hit by a pitch, and two batters later Izaac Garsez walked. Jarel Lewis followed with an RBI single to left-center, scoring Sewell on the play.
Todd Griffiths kept The C of I in the game, getting 12 ground ball outs – inducing doubles play to end the fourth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. The senior did not walk a man and struck out five while tossing his third complete game in his last four starts.
In the ninth inning, the Yotes threatened to put one more rally together. Back-to-back singles by Jeffrey Harris and Tyler Andazola were followed by a walk to Brett Ward to loaded the bases with one out. However, Armanino struck out Zach Fabricius and got Garsez to fly out to left-center to end the game.
The College of Idaho's season comes to a close with the loss. The Yotes finish with 41 wins, their most since 2002.
The Warriors will move on to play the loser of Saturday's game between LSU-Shreveport and Rogers State on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (PT).