LEWISTON, ID- After six days, three locations, and two postponed games due to weather, the LC State Warriors were down 5-0 to Oregon Tech. They came back to score three runs in the fourth, and one run in the ninth. In the end, it was the Owls who held on for the 5-4 win.
The Warriors now turn their attention to the NAIA Baseball Opening Round presented by Avista.
LC state has an automatic host bid into the tournament. The Warriors will be glad to be back home, as they haven't played a game at Harris field since April 2nd.
The Warriors have also fared well on their home turf, going 15-5 at home this season.
As a reminder, LC State does not have an automatic bid into the NAIA World Series, so they will have to win the opening round in order to advance. The tournament is set for May 15th through the 18th.
Win or lose, the coaches share their message to the players heading into the opening round.
"If you stick to your routines and have something to fall back to, that usually helps you stay locked in and kind of just look at one thing and one second of the day at a time," said assistant coach Allen Balmer.
“Those are the guys that you’re going out there with. You’re going to fail with them, and you’re going to succeed with them, so just seeing how everyone works on and off the field I feel like helps a lot with how teams are successful at the end of the day," said assistant coach Anthony Balderas.
"We try to focus on the fact that we’re trying to get better every single day and win they day. They all know it's coming, and the standard this program has set along the way the last decades, so we’ll be ready," said head coach Jake Taylor.