The Lenoir-Rhyne’s Baseball team fell to Tusculum 8-2 in Greeneville, Tenn on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. E.J. Ranel reached base three times and had his nineteenth career multi-hit game for the Bears.
The Bears had chances in the first inning. Xander Ferlenda singled with one out then Ranel doubled to set up runners on second and third with one out but Dosie Drakeford got Nick Clarno and Connor Smith to strike out to end the inning.
The Pioneers got four runs in the first off Bears starter Andrew Patrick. Zane Keener led it off with a homerun then, after a walk and hit batter, Brandon Trammell singled in two runs. The Pioneers added the last run on a double-play to help the Bears get out of a bases-loaded no out threat with just four runs.
LR got on the board with a two-out single by Clarno to score Drue Galassi in the third. After the Pioneers got three more in the fifth, the Bears got one back with a pitch hit double by Matt Mackey to score Andy Lopez, cutting the lead to 7-2. Lopez got his first start of the year, reached base three times and scored a run for the Bears on the night.
The Bears used nine pitchers in this one and got two scoreless innings from Tanner Moyers and scoreless outings from Michael Allen, Brett Fulk, Ben Friebel, Ian Foggo, and Jackson Reid.
The Bears came into the game leading the SAC in ERA with a 3.00 ERA, a whole run ahead of second place Newberry. L-R also entered the contest with the top three in the league in ERA with Joshua Lanham, Andrew Patrick and Alex Shirazi. Lanham and Patrick entered today only giving up four earned runs all season. In this game, the duo gave up five runs in just two innings of work.
L-R falls to 0-4 when their opponents score in the first inning this year.
LR went 2-13 in this game with runners in scoring positions and left sixteen runners on base.
The Bears are 7-6 overall on the season. L-R will head to UVA-Wise for a four-game weekend series.