LEWISTON - The Lewis-Clark State Baseball team took another step up in the NAIA rankings on Wednesday and broke into the nation's top five. The Warriors, coming off a sweep of the College of Idaho, are 35-3 on the season and 27-1 in Cascade Conference play.
Brock Ephan was named the NAIA National Player of the Week on Tuesday and helps lead one of the most potent offense in the country. The senior leads the team in home runs (15), slugging (.801) and on-base percentage (.492), while junior Aidan Nagle leads the Warriors in batting average (.399).
The Warriors currently rank second in the NAIA in hits per game (12.6), fielding percentage (.979) and runs score per game (11). They are third in RBI per game (10) and fourth in ERA (3.24). LC State is also in the top five in doubles per game (2.5) and sixth in home runs per game (2).
Nagle ranks third in the NAIA in RBI per game (4.5) and leads the team with 58 runs knocked in. He is 10th in total bases per game (3.1). Riley Way is fourth in the nation in hits per game (1.7) and sixth in runs scored per game (1.43). Jack Johnson is eighth in runs scored per game (1.41).
LC State wraps up the regular season with a trip to Eastern Oregon beginning on Friday. The Warriors return to Lewiston to host the Cascade Conference tournament on May 8-9 before turning their attention to the 2021 Avista NAIA World Series at Harris Field.