LEWISTON - (Boxscore) Playing at the NAIA World Series for the first time since 2002, the College of Idaho baseball team lost to Point Park University 7-3 on Friday at Harris Field in the opening game of the tournament.
The Coyotes (41-20) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third. After Caldwell-native Todd Griffiths was plunked to start the inning, Nampa's Brett Ward singled to set the table for the top off the order. Fruitland High-grad and leadoff hitter Zach Fabricius then followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0, as Caldwell's Izaac Garsez doubled home Ward and cleanup-man Tanner Hodges lifted a sacrifice fly to right to give the Yotes a three-run lead. PPU got out the jam when Caldwell's Jeffrey Harris hit a laser to Tom Birko at second, who double off Capital High-grad Jarel Lewis at first to end the threat.
From there the Pioneers (52-9) starting pitcher Sean Clark was able to work out of trouble the rest of the afternoon. Effectively wild, the junior hit five batters, but also only surrendered five hits over seven innings of work as he moved to a perfect 8-0 on the season.
In the fifth, the PPU bats finally woke up. Trailing 3-2, Dillon Sauers and Tom Birko singled to open the inning. Lee Bodnar then lined a one-out base hit to even the score at 3-3. Alfonzo followed with an RBI single to give the Pioneers the lead for good. Steve Dujka drove in a run with a squeeze bunt and Tom Pasinski capped the scoring with a two-run single to center.
The Yotes will now play in an elimination game tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. (PT) against the loser of tonight's game between Lewis-Clark State and Oklahoma City.