LEWISTON – LC State made history on Monday night into Tuesday morning when Dawson Day and Cameron Smith threw the first combined one-hitter in Avista NAIA World Series history. The duo struck out an LC-record 18 batters in a Series game, with Day fanning 14 and Smith closing out the game with four, to avenge last year’s loss to Faulkner (Ala.). The Warriors bats were hot and totaled seven runs in the 7-1 victory.
LC is one of two remaining unbeaten teams and will take on top-seeded Southeastern (Fla.) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
“Great team win for us tonight,” Head Coach Jake Taylor said. “I cannot say enough about Dawson’s start today. We knew when we picked him up that he was special and he shined bright tonight. Cam Smith was impressive out of the pen. Offensively we applied pressure the entire game.”
The Warriors came out firing in the top of the first with a leadoff walk to Riley Way. Sam Linscott reached on a fielder’s choice, with Way out at first, but came around to score on back-to-back hits by Luke White and Justin Mazzone to give LC a 1-0 lead.
Dawson Day took the mound with the one-run advantage and struck out the side, then fanned two more before a flyout ended the second.
Lewiston locals produced another LC run in the third, starting with a hard line drive up the middle by Way. Aidan Nagle singled and a flyout off the bat of Linscott put both in scoring position, and White brought in Way with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Day worked around two base runners in the bottom of the inning and tallied a pair of punchouts to squash the threat. He struck out the side once again in the fourth.
The Warriors added on in the fifth after Nagle got the frame going with a leadoff double. He came around to score on a single by Linscott to make it 3-0 in favor of LC State. Day worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning with two strikeouts. He allowed the defense to get some work in in the sixth with a popup, flyout and groundout.
LC State put up a three spot in the seventh to increase the advantage to 6-0 through six and a half innings. Way was hit by a pitch to start the inning and took second on a botched pickoff attempt. Linscott drove in Way with an RBI-single before Mazzone destroyed a 3-2 pitch for a two-run shot.
Cameron Smith took over on the mound after a bases-loaded walk, ending Day’s outing after 139 pitches. Smith came into the two-out spot and struck out one of the hottest bats in the Faulkner lineup, Shawn Ross, to end the seventh.
Back-to-back singles by Nick Seamons and A.J. Davis started the eighth and a wild pitch brought Seamons across to push the advantage to 7-1. Smith finished the frame with a 1-2-3 inning. He struck out the side in order to finish off the Eagles.
Day and Smith combined to allow just one hit and struck out 18 batters. Day fanned 14, two shy of the LC record by one pitcher in a Series game, and Smith struck out four. Day surrendered the lone Faulkner hit and run in his 6.2 innings. Smith threw the final 2.1 frames.
The Warriors were led offensively by Mazzone’s three RBI. Nagle, Linscott and Mazzone each had two hits and Nagle drove in two runs.
LC State will match up with top-seeded Southeastern on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Field. The game will feature the last remaining unbeaten teams in the tournament.
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