LEWISTON, Idaho – William Carey University memorable postseason run came to an end as they fell to Lewis & Clark State College, 12-7 in the 61st annual Avista World Series.
Carey jumped all over LCSC in the top of the first inning as James Land (SR/Gulfport, Miss.) belted the first World Series grand slam since 2014 and Cody Christian (SR/Satsuma, Ala.) followed with a solo shot to put WCU up 5-0.
The Warriors started their comeback in the bottom of the second when Tyler McDowell singled and Brock Ephan was hit by a pitch. Logan Griffin singled in McDowell and Ephan later scored on a sacrifice fly by Gunnar Buhner to make it 6-2.
Seaver Whalen hit a solo home run in the third inning for LCSC to cut the margin to 6-3.
Leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning things came undone for the Crusaders. Two Carey errors and five hits by the Warriors led to six runs as LCSC moved in front 11-6.
Carey answered back in the top of the seventh inning as Graves ended the streak of 11 straight runs by LCSC when he hit his Series-leading fourth home run to left-center field. It was his ninth homer of the season.
William Carey would not go quietly and threatened in the top of the eighth as it loaded the bases with one out. However, the Carey rallied was halted as Christian Smith (JR/Carriere, Miss.) was called out on a very questionable third strike call and Graves followed with a fly out to center to end the last Carey threat of the night.
Land and Tyler Odom (SR/Hattiesburg, Miss.) had two hits apiece for William Carey, which finished with eight hits.
Carey finishes the 2017 campaign at 45-20.