With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the eighth inning while LCU led 8-5, Matt Watson hit a routine ground ball to Bohlken, who had it deflect off his wrist and Watson reached safely. Chaps starting pitcher Shane Ingram was surpassing 100 pitches and needed the out to not only retire the order, but to set up a chance to pitch the ninth inning. Stephen Rodgers followed with a single and Shey Miller walked on a full count pitch to load the bases and it marked the only batter walked by Ingram. Joe Williams drove in a pair on a single and Ingram was replaced by Kyle Forsyth in attempt to hold an 8-7 lead. He had a 1-2 count on Matthew Krause, but Krause hit a line drive to centerfield. Chaps centerfielder Jordan Lewis gambled on a diving catch instead of a conservative play and the gamble went in favor of the Warriors. Lewis not only was unable to make the diving catch, but the ball went past him and it allowed the lead run, Williams, to score from first base.
It was a game full of streaky play. LCU opened the game with a 4-0 lead with two runs of four hits in the first inning and a two-run home run by Bohlken in the second inning. Bohlken produced his 11th home run of the season and his 60th of his Chaps career. He now sits three behind former Chap and major leaguer John Harris, who has the LCU career mark with 63 in his career.
Sterling responded with five runs to take a 5-4 lead. Not one of the five runs was conventionally driven in. Two scored on balks, one on a wild pitch, one on a ground out and one via a sacrifice fly. They led 5-4 in the sixth inning, but the Chaps quickly answered back. With two outs, Paul Prestera hit his second home run of the season and his first away from home, as he hit a solo homer over the left field fence to tie the game at 5-5. It was the first of an eventual four runs for the Chaps. Bohlken led off the seventh inning with a double and it led to an RBI-single by Jason Fisch. In the top of the eighth inning, Bohlken produced a two-run two-out single to give the Chaps an 8-5 lead before the debacle in the bottom half of the inning.
Bohlken and Karl Seiter each had multi hit performances and they extended their hit streaks to 17 games. The streak of consecutive games reaching base safely is now at 35 for Bohlken. Six different Chaps had multi-hit performance, with Ryan Burnaman (3-for-5), Bohlken (3-for-5) and Prestera (3-for-4) leading the team. The Chaps produced six two-out RBI in the game. LCU out-hit Sterling 16-11. Sterling leads the NAIA in batting. Krause led the Warriors going 3-for-5 at the plate. Ingram suffered the loss for LCU and dropped to 5-3 on the season. He allowed nine runs (five earned) off 10 hits in 7.2 innings. He struck out seven. Matt Eschleman received the win in relief for the Warriors and improved to 7-1. The game witnessed six errors, with four against the Chaps.
The Chaps fall to 33-21 overall and Sterling moves to 44-12 on the season. With LCU facing elimination, they must now win five games to keep their season alive. They will face York College (Neb.) at 11 a.m. and a win would keep them at Jim Wade Stadium at 6 p.m. to face Mount Marty College.