CALDWELL - The College of Idaho baseball team swept a doubleheader against the University of British Columbia on Saturday, and in doing so, inched closer to first place in the NAIA West standings.
The Yotes won Game 1, 7-3, behind pitching performances of Joshua Orr and Michael Garza, then took Game 2, 7-6, thanks to the clutch hitting of seniors Izaac Garsez and Tanner Hodges.
In the first game, the College of Idaho offense jumped on top with a four-run third inning. A Jarel Lewis one-out two-run double to right field followed a Garsez RBI-single to center to make it 3-0. Two batters later, Jeffrey Harris made it 4-0 with another RBI-single up the middle.
That would be all the support Orr - the starting pitcher - would need. The southpaw allowed just two earned runs and four hits in just over six innings of work, before turning the ball over to Garza. The junior right-hander struck out four of the ten batters he faced, earning his second save of the season.
In Game 2, the Yotes once again scored multiple times in the third inning, building a 3-0 lead. But the Thunderbird plated two runs in the seventh, they added two more in the ninth to go up 4-3. In the home half of the inning though, Lewis' two-out RBI-single knotted the game at four and forced extra innings.
In the top of the 11th, Sebatian Wong helped British Columbia regain the lead with a two-run single. However, with their backs against the wall, Garsez picked up two more RBI to tie the game at six. Following an intentional walk to Lewis, Hodges then singled home Garez, as the Yotes walked off with their third win in three games against the Thunderbirds.
At 8-3 overall in conference play, the College of Idaho now trails Lewis-Clark State (11-4) by .006 points in the standings. The Warriors - who do not play against until next weekend - have a .733 winning percentage compared to the Yotes' .727.
After losing their third straight game, British Columbia drops all the way from first to third, and is now 10-5 in conference.
The Yotes and Thunderbirds will wrap up a four-game series tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Wolfe Field. If the College of Idaho comes up with a win, it would be enough to move them into from place.
NAIA West Standings
Conf. Win %
1. Lewis-Clark State 11-4 .733
2. College of Idaho 8-3 .727
3. British Columbia 10-5 .667