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Zach Evans
Zach Evans went three-for-four batting for the Bears with a run scored and three RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Defeats Lincoln Memorial

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team closed off their five-game homestand with a 7-4 victory over Lincoln Memorial.

Tyler McPeak and Sal Carricato both left the yard with two-run home runs early in the contest to give the Bears a jump on the scoreboard. In addition to their long balls, McPeak and Carricato each drove in three runs for the Bears.

In back-to-back mid-week slates, Joey Cobb earned the winning decision after going five innings deep in his start and allowing only two earned runs.

The Railsplitters never backed down from the LR offensive spurts. On the first three occasions after the Bears scored, they responded with at least a run in the corresponding half inning.

Lincoln Memorial was also on the verge of mounting a comeback as they brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth and ninth inning. LR did not break though, and for the second consecutive day, Spencer Floyd came away with the save.

LR extended its SAC-best home run count up to 65 thanks to the home runs by McPeak and Carricato; they now have 23 more long balls then second-place UVA-Wise. Zach Evans led all LR batters with three hits; the redshirt sophomore recorded his first three-hit game since March 24.

LR was able to get out of jams down the stretch as LMU left 11 runners on base. After committing eight errors against Tusculum, LR played a much more clean game with zero errors.
The Top 5 of the LR batting order combined for 7 of the 10 hits and all seven runs.

LR has now won six-straight mid-week matchups to improve their record to 8-3 in those instances. The Bears captured their 20th home win of the season; it becomes back-to-back seasons that the Bears have achieved that mark.

With the LR victory, they are able to cut into the all-time series record, but LMU still leads 26-17. LR has now won three straight games over LMU, which is the longest winning streak since the Bears won five straight against the Railsplitters from 2007-2010.

With this win, LR has now won 10 games at Hickory over LMU; they have also won four of the last five matchups that occurred at Durham Field.

The Bears are 33-9 overall, 14-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. for a three-game series against Carson-Newman. The weekend will begin on Friday with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch.