LEWISTON, Idaho – [BRACKET | SCHEDULE | CHAMPIONSHIP APP] Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) provided the late-inning heroics on Tuesday as the semifinals have been set at the 2021 Avista NAIA World Series. After a 10-6 win by the Warriors, Faulkner (Ala.) held-on to a 14-10 win over IU Southeast (Ind.) in an elimination game before Georgia Gwinnett completed the winner’s bracket undefeated with a 9-3 win over Central Methodist (Mo.)
No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) def. No. 1 Southeastern (Fla.) 10-6
- Southeastern got the game started with a pair of solo home runs in the second and the third innings. Carter Bridge hit his ninth of the season in the second and Nick Bottari hit his 24th with two out in the third.
- Lewis-Clark State responded with a four-run third inning to gain the lead. Alex Light crossed the plate with one out on a fielder’s choice before Brock Ephan tied it on a sacrifice fly.
- Aidan Nagle and Luke White followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Warriors the lead.
- With two on and one out, Colton Onstott hit an RBI single up the middle to score Sam Faith and cut the Fire deficit by one.
- Bridge contributed once again in the top of the eighth. The senior tagged a pitch to the gap in left center to tie the game at four with one out. The native of West Lafayette, Ind., entered the game hitting .625 in the World Series in 2021.
- Raymond Gonzalez entered as a pinch hitter and did his job with runners at second and third. The switch hitter flied out in foul territory on the right field line, but got it deep enough for Pedro Castellano to score from third to give Southeastern its first lead since the third inning.
- Thomas Broyles added to that total on the next at-bat. Broyles singled to center, scoring Bridge, and gave the Fire a 6-4 lead.
- In the eighth, the Warriors came back in a bid to extend its season at least one more game. Luke White hit a two RBI single with no outs to tie the game at six.
- With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Matt James put the Warriors back-up. The transfer from East Carolina lined a ball off the left field wall to score Alex Light and give his team a 7-6 lead.
- After Sam Linscott scored on a fielder’s choice, Jack Johnson followed and put an exclamation point on the offensive outburst. The left fielder deposited his eighth home run, a two-run shot, out of the stadium in left field, and gave Lewis-Clark State a 10-6 lead.
No. 6 Faulkner (Ala.) def. No. 7 IU Southeast (Ind.) 14-10
- In an offensive battle, Faulkner came out on top after a five-run seventh to break the deadlock at eight apiece.
- The Eagles plated four in the first and two in the second to take a lead early.
- IU Southeast came back and rattled off two runs in each of the first two innings and tied the game at eight in the bottom of the sixth.
- With a slim, one run advantage, Faulkner turned to its ace, Antonio Frias to help settle things down. The Eagles’ pitcher allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings of work with six strikeouts to his credit.
- Frias was credited with the win, his 13th of the year.
- Official time of the game was 4:09, six minutes shy of tying a World Series record for a nine-inning game.
- IU Southeast used nine total pitchers, which ties the World Series record.
- Combined, there were 13 pitchers used, one shy of the World Series record of 14.
- Sam Anthony led both teams with five RBI in the game.
- Faulkner’s Anthony and Alex Arauz both collected three hits in the game. Daunte Decello was the lone player from IU Southeast with three hits.
No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett def. No. 2 Central Methodist (Mo.) 9-3
- Central Methodist jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Mason Schwellenbach hit an RBI single to shallow right to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
- Georgia Gwinnett followed it up in the third with a six-spot. Austin Bates belted a two-run home run, his second of the season, to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead.
- With a runner on first, Gabe Howell doubled to deep right-center to score Griffin Keller to make it a 4-1 game.
- After another run scored on a wild throw, Livingston Morris crossed the plate thanks to a Nick Barnes double to right.
- Gabe Howell added to the lead with a two-run home run, his 10th of the season, in the top of the fourth.
- Central Methodist plated two in the sixth. Grant Victor and Max McCay provided back-to-back RBI singles to get the Eagles to within five.
- The middle of the order for Georgia Gwinnett was the difference. The No. 2 through No. 6 hitters went a combined 10-21 at the plate.
- This is the first time in team history that Georgia Gwinnett has advanced undefeated through the winner’s bracket to Wednesday play.
Schedule – Wednesday, June 2, 2021
3:00 p.m. PT | No. 2 Central Methodist (Mo.) vs. No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
6:30 p.m. PT | No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett vs. No. 6 Faulkner (Ala.)