By SETH STRINGER
NWF State will have to settle for the 3-1 series win over Chipola.
After outscoring the Indians 24-8 in the opening three games of the lauded series, the Raiders' bats were silenced Tuesday in a 2-0 loss in Marianna.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Raiders (32-8, 13-3), who have won 24 of their last 27 games and still have a two-game cushion atop the Panhandle Conference.
Chipola (22-12, 9-3), which dropped from 15th to unranked in Tuesday's NJCAA poll, needed only a two-run single by Corey Rosier in the fifth to back a combined gem from four pitchers.
Chipola starter Cameron Gray tossed 4 1/3 innings of two-hit ball, scattering five walks. In relief, Logan Jarosz allowed just a hit over 2 1/3, Jake Smith struck out four over 1 2/3 scoreless and Andrew Baker earned the save by recording the final two outs.
NWF State starter Matt Boswell, who entered the night with a 5-1 record and 2.75 ERA, allowed two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 4 1/3 innings. Jacob Kush tossed 3 2/3 scoreless in relief, striking out three and scattering three hits and a walk.
The Raiders, ranked fourth nationally and tops in the state, now take more than a week off before hosting Pensacola State on April 12th for a 2 p.m. first pitch.