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Cole Stanford
Cole Stanford had two home runs in the win, and was one of two Bear players to have two dingers in the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Dispatches Virginia-Wise

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored nine of their 12 runs from the seventh inning on and took game one of a three-game SAC set at UVA Wise on Saturday, 12-5. The Bears hit seven home runs to plate their 12 runs, with two coming from each of Cole Stanford and Wade Cuda. Blake Bean, Zach Evans and Cole Nelson also homered in the win.

The Bears took the lead on a fielding error by the Cavaliers to score Mason Maxwell. UVA Wise evened the game in the bottom of the second with a solo bomb.

Bean drove in Evans with an RBI double in the top of the 5th to make it 2-1 LR. Wise actually took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.

The Bears would even the contest on Stanford’s first bomb of the game, a homer to left field on an 0-1 count. With the game tied at three, LR hit a pair of bombs in the top of the seventh. With one on, Cuda smacked his 26th career home run and Evans hit a solo shot one batter later.

Wise scored two on an RBI single from Cole Harness to make it 6-5 after seven. In the top of the 8th, Stanford and Cuda each blasted their second homers of the game. Each homer were solo shots.

Nelson hit his first career home run in the ninth and Maxwell doubled home Stanford to make it 12-5. Bean finished 3-for-4 and Stanford and Cuda each went 3-for-5. Maxwell and Evans added two hits each. Joshua Lanham went five innings and allowed two earned runs with five strikeouts. Lanham improved to 5-2 on the year and moves into a second-place tie in the all-time wins list at LR.

Weather forced the weekend schedule to shift to one game Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday and LR won its fourth straight conference contest. LR came in leading the conference — and seventh in the nation — with 50 home runs on the season and added seven more in this contest.

The Bears remain perfect against UVA Wise all-time, moving to 8-0 and 5-0 in Wise, Virginia. On the year, the LR bullpen is 12-1.

This is the 15th time this year LR has scored 10 or more runs. The 57 homers this year already rank as the fifth-most in a single season in program history. Cuda is tied for sixth in program history with his 27 career long balls, 10 off the all-time record.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 27-8 overall, 10-3 in the South Atlantic Conference . The Bears and Cavaliers will finish the three-game set with a doubleheader Sunday starting at 1 p.m.