The Lenoir-Rhyne’s Baseball Team completed their four-game sweep of UVA-Wise with a 15-2 and 17-7 win on Sunday. Nick Clarno finished the day 5-9 with 2 HR’s and 9 RBIs including his first career grand slam. Drue Galassi and Matt Mackey each homered twice on the afternoon.
After 38 runs on Saturday, the Bears did not waste anytime getting started in game one on Sunday. LR put a four spot in the first. EJ Ranel got the Bears started with a rbi double then Connor Smith single him home before Nick Clarno hit his sixth homerun of the season for the early 4-0 lead. After four in the first, The Bears added five in the second. Wade Cuda and Smith both homered and Ranel added another double. Matt Mackey and Drue Galassi each went yard in the 4th then Mackey hit his second of the game in the 5th.
3-4-5 hitters Ranel, Smith and Clarno went 6-9 with 10 RBIs in game one.
Andrew Patrick went the distance for his third complete game of the season. Patrick moved to 3-1 on the season.
In game two Bryce Stober got the Bears on the board with a rbi single in the second then the Cavaliers tied it up with an unearned run in the bottom of the half. The game stayed tied at 1 till the 5th. The teams combined for five runs in the inning. First the Bears got two runs. A Ranel SAC fly and a Smith RBI ground out before the UVA-Wise got three runs off Bears starter and SAC ERA leader Joshua Lanham to take a 4-3 lead.
The lead did not last long as the Bears responded in the Top of the 6th with four runs. Cuda and Smith with RBI doubles and Galassi’s 9th homerun of the season, a two-run blast.
After the Bears took a 7-4 lead, The Bears scored ten runs in the final three innings topped off with Nick Clarno’s grand slam in the 9th. It was the Bears’s 20th homerun of the weekend.
Lanham got the win (3-0) throwing five innings allowing three earned runs and stiking out seven. The Bears got scoreless innings out of the bullpen by Ian Foggo, Hayden Gresham, Ben Friebel, Michael Allen.
LR entered Sunday’s action in second in DII with 29 homeruns, one behind North Greenville for the NCAA lead. With North Greenville idle on Sunday, LR with their eight homeruns will move into first place
With Lanham’s performance, he still leads the SAC in ERA (1.88) and strikeouts.(37) and second with three wins.
The Bears finished the weekend with 70 runs and 72 hits and 20 homeruns. LR hit .483 as a team this weekend to move their season average to .326.
Bears did commit nine errors on the weekend and now have committed 34 errors on the year, while their opponents have only committed 15.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 11-6 overall and 8-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home for a mid-week game on Tuesday against Coker. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm.