Plew Homers Twice to Power Warrior Offense Against Arizona Christian
LCSC Press Release
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dillon Plew provided the spark the Warrior offense needed in Monday’s 11-4 victory over Arizona Christian. The senior launched two home runs in the contest and knocked in five runs to help the 23rd-ranked LC State club to its fourth win of the season. The Warriors have scored at least 11 runs in all four victories.
Cameron Smith struck out four in his first start of the season and earned the win after going five innings. He did not walk a batter.
Smith picked up his first strikeout of the night in the first, but a leadoff single came back to haunt the Warriors when a double brought the run in to put ACU up 1-0. Zach Needham erased a leadoff single in the second with a back pick to Brock Ephan at first, and Smith struck out a pair to get LC State out of the inning.
The Warriors took advantage of Firestorm errors in the fourth to take the lead. Dalton Harum raced to second on an error by the second baseman before A.J. Davis walked. Riley Way reached on an errant throw that plated the first LC State run of the game. Plew demolished a ball over the wall in right, sending it deep into the night, to put the Warriors in front 4-1.
“We had a slow start offensively but started to barrel up some balls in the middle innings,” Head Coach Jake Taylor said.
LC State traded a run for an out in the home half of the fifth when Needham threw out a runner stealing second, allowing an ACU run the score. A strikeout by Smith ended the inning with the Warriors ahead 4-2.
Dale Takalo made his LC State debut in relief of Smith in the bottom of the sixth and struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 inning.
Four straight singles by Way, Plew, Jack Johnson and Ephan opened the seventh inning. Harum kept the inning going with a one-out RBI single up the middle to put the Warriors up 8-2. Arizona Christian struck for one in the bottom of the inning to cut the LC State lead to 8-3 through seven.
Plew blew the game wide open with his second big fly of the game in the top of the eight. Way was on via an infield single to make it a two-run blast to bring the score to 10-3.
Brooks Juhasz saw his first action of 2021 when he took the mound in the ACU half of the eighth. The Firestorm scratched a run across, but an impressive double play started by Davis behind the bag at second got LC out of the inning. The Warriors led 10-4 heading into the ninth.
Needham legged out an infield single and was lifted for courtesy runner Trent Sellers. Sellers took second on a wild pitch before swiping third. He scored easily on an RBI triple off the wall in right center by Way.
Juhasz closed out the game for LC State with a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning.
Plew led the Warriors with five form two home runs. Both Way and Plew notched three hits and scored three runs in the contest. As a team, LC State tallied 13 hits.
Smith struck out four in five innings, while Takalo and Juhasz each collected two punchouts in their two innings of work.
“Cam gave us a great start, and Dale and Brooks were very good out of the pen,” Taylor said.
The Warriors are back in action tomorrow when they travel to No. 19 Benedictine Mesa for a 3 p.m. game.