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Cole Laskowski
Cole Laskowski went three-for-four with two runs scored.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Outlasts Limestone

Through the first six innings, it looked like Lenoir-Rhyne and Limestone were on their way to a mid-week pitching duel. But in the final three innings, both teams ran the scores up with the Bears coming out on top in a 14-7 victory.

In a game that had 21 combined runs, it was not the hitting that allowed the tally to elevate, instead it was a sloppy game from both sides. Limestone recorded seven errors while LR had their fair share of mistakes with three errors of their own.

The heartbeat of the Bears lineup came from the bottom half of the order, where the 5-6-7-8 stretch went 10-for-21. The group of Cole Stanford, Mason Maxwell, Wade Cuda, and Bryce Stober also had six of the LR runs and were responsible for driving in seven Bears.

In addition to another solid offensive outing, LR pitching recorded their fourth-straight double-digit strikeout performance by shutting down 13 Saints at the plate.

LR out-hit Limestone, 16-6. Extra-base hits were hard to come by as the Bears had a couple of doubles while the Saints had one home run. Both sides emptied out their bullpens as the Saints used eight different pitchers while the Bears used six arms.

Despite the seven-run win, the score could have been much more lopsided as the Bears stranded 13 runners. Zach Evans left eight runners on base in a 1-for-6 night. Out of the nine LR starters, seven of them scored. The two starters who did not score, Cuda and Stober, had some of the best nights at the plate with each collecting three hits.

The Bears had significantly more chances at the plate than the Saints; LR had 46 at-bats compared to Limestone who only had 32. With the victory, LR picked up its 30th win over Limestone. The Bears now hold a 30-18 overall series lead over the Saints.

In addition to the result, LR now has won five consecutive games over Limestone. The streak dates back to April 12, 2021. The Bears have now won four-straight games after being swept at home to Wingate.

LR now holds a 6-3 record in mid-week contests, making it four-straight non-conference wins. These two sides will meet each other again on Tuesday, April 18 in Hickory, N.C.

The Bears are 26-8 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne  will continue its four-game road trip as they travel to Wise, Va. for a three-game series against UVA-Wise. The weekend set will get underway on Friday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.