For just the fifth time in program history, The College of Idaho has qualified for the NAIA World Series. In their four previous trips, they have placed no worse than fifth, and even won it all in 1998.
Fittingly, as the Coyotes cap one of the more historic seasons in school history, numerous individual and team records will fall in Lewiston.
Here are the ones you need to keep track of:
> In his first year at the helm of The College of Idaho program in 2001, head coach Shawn Humberger won 43 games. Eleven seasons later, he’s three wins shy of establishing a new career-best. (Also, if the Yotes go a perfect 5-0 in Lewiston, he’ll set a new career-high for winning percentage at .707).
77 Runs Scored
> Ross Mitchell set the record with 77 runs scored in 2000 on the Yotes team that took fifth at the World Series. Currently, senior Izaac Garsez has a team-best 75, which also ranks 6th in the NAIA this year (and is the second most of anyone headed to the World Series).
> In 2001, Branden Florence set the record with 28 doubles. Last Friday, junior Jarel Lewis picked up his 24th double of the season in a 7-0 win over Menlo. Lewis ranks t-4th in the NAIA in that category, and of the teams going to Lewiston, only Oklahoma City’s Dane Phillips has more (26, t-1st in NAIA).
> This category is crowded at the top. Nate Freese (2005), Jason Patten (1995), Allen Pfeiffer (1991) and Todd Griffiths (2012) are all tied atop the record books with seven saves. While Griffiths is the only active Yote in this group, the senior has pitched so well lately that coach Humberger has moved him into the starting rotation. With that in mind, the “all hands on deck approach” coaches use in Lewiston means he’ll likely get a shot to tack on one more and separate himself.
> This season, relief pitcher Michael Garza has racked up 28 appearances. While he would have to throw in every game in Lewiston (including the National Championship) to establish a new mark, the current record-holder is Art Dillahay with 33 in 1999.
> Thanks in large part to Garsez’s NAIA-leading 12 triples this season, the next Yote triple will break the current school-record, which was originally set in 1997 (and accomplished again in 2010).
152 Stolen Bases
> This year’s College of Idaho baseball team is one of the more athletic in school history. So far, they have swiped 143 stolen bases, more than any other NAIA team that is still playing. Of coach Humberger’s nine regulars, three have 20 or more stolen bases, and six have 10 or more.
> As a team, The College of Idaho is just two strikeouts away from breaking the all-time school-record of 347.
> Branden Florence is the only player in Yotes history to record 100 or more hits in a season. He picked up 117 ‘knocks in 1999, the year the college placed second at the World Series. Currently, Izaac Garsez has 91 hits this year, the 4th best single-season total in program history.
> An elite group that only includes the likes of Jon Lehman (twice), Greg Schelhaas, Kevin Downey and Bill Oliver, current senior Tanner Hodges is attempting to become the fifth Yote in school-history to drive in 70 or more runs in a season, and the first to accomplish the feat since 1999.
.400 Batting Average
> Only ten players in school-history have posted a batting average of .400 or better. Garsez - who has been above that mark for most of the stretch run this season - comes into the World Series hitting a team-best .396.
— Jay Tust