LEWISTON, Idaho – Bellevue University responded to Faulkner’s five-run second with a six-run inning Saturday morning of its own en route to an 11-8 victory to stay alive in the 2019 Avista NAIA World Series at Lewis-Clark State College’s Harris Field.
Bellevue (47-15) added five more in the third to take an 11-5 lead then withstood late-inning outbursts from Faulkner to advance to Monday’s 8:30 a.m. game against the loser of Saturday’s game between #2 Science & Arts and #10 Lewis-Clark State College. Faulkner wraps up the season 49-12.
Bruins’ first baseman Riley Baasch drove in four runs to lead the Bellevue offense with third baseman J.T. Patterson adding three more. All told, the Bruins rocked six Faulkner pitchers for 14 hits while batting .389.
Faulkner outhit Bellevue with 15 hits in its .405 batting average but the Eagles were haunted by two critical base running errors – one each in the sixth and seventh innings as they stranded 15.