The Bulldogs end their 2011 season with two losses at the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. They played against Lewis Clark State on Friday night and then were defeated by Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday.
In the first game, the Warriors of Lewis Clark State jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs finally got to LCSC starter Tyrell Poggemeyer in the sixth inning for three runs. An error allowed Cody Gaskill to reach first. David Bergin followed with a single. Rafael Carlot's ground out moved the runners up a base. Munson followed with a grounder and reached first on an error, which allowed Tennessee Wesleyan to load the bases. Anthony Boix followed with a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first run and Boix advanced to third, on the batted ball and Ryan Santos, hitting ninth in the lineup, followed with a two-run single. The Bulldogs made it interesting in the eighth and cut the lead to 5-4. Carlot started the rally with a single to right-center field and was replaced by pinch runner CJ McElroy. After a balk and a wild pitch moved McElroy to third, Boix followed with a single up the middle to score McElroy. The Bulldogs, however, stranded the tying run at first. In the ninth, Tennessee Wesleyan immediately threatened in the ninth when lead off hitter Stephen Branca singled. After a strikeout, Gaskill launched a fly ball that fell about six feet short of a game-ending home run, but instead was a fly out to left on the warning track. Bergin then flew out to center to end the game.Santos went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Bulldogs and Boix also drove in a pair of runs. Branca added three hits as the Bulldogs out-hit the Warriors 11-8.
The second games loss was charged to Noah Piard, who came in with one out and a runner on in the seventh inning for Corey Collins. Piard (7-3) allowed one earned Bison run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Starter David Bergin lasted 5 1/3, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits. Collins tossed one frame, allowing a pair of earned runs on as many hits.
Oklahoma Baptist held a four-run lead at the end of two innings, only to have Tennessee Wesleyan storm back with four runs in the top of the fourth. Bulldog leadoff batter Stephen Branca opened the sixth frame with a double to left. He moved up to third on Jonny Smith's bunt for a base hit. Smith then moved up 90 feet by stealing second to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Cody Gaskill's ground out to short brought Branca in to score for a 5-4 lead. Cleanup hitter David Bergin delivered a double to right-center, driving in Smith for a 6-4 advantage. A pair of ground outs closed the inning.
Oklahoma Baptist came back to score one in the bottom of the sixth, two in the seventh to take the lead, and one in the eighth. They held the Bulldogs in the ninth to take the game, 8-6.
Branca finished with three hits in six at bats and Bergin was 3-for-4 with two runs driven in. Ryan Santos registered a pair of hits and Gaskill was credited with two RBIs.