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Cole Stanford went four-for-five with two runs scored and three RBI.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Downs Mars Hill in Series Opener

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team recorded its third-straight win with a 10-4 victory over Mars Hill to open the weekend series.

Sal Carricato had another impressive game at the plate as he led the Bears with four RBIs. The redshirt junior also had a pair of extra-base hits with a third-inning double and a sixth-inning home run.

Although the Long Island, N.Y. native had a great day driving in the runs, Cole Stanford went 4-for-5 at the plate for his first four-hit game in his LR career. The redshirt junior had three singles and his 11th home run of the season.

Dillon Chapa continues to produce successful starts on the mound with his seventh victory of the regular season. The junior from Waller, Texas struck out seven batters and only allowed three earned runs in his 5.2 innings pitched.

After Chapa’s day came to a close, the LR bullpen did not look too bad themselves. The combined group of four pitchers allowed only one hit and three walks in their 3.1 innings of work.

With Carricato’s four-RBI game, the redshirt junior now leads the team with 55 RBIs on the season. This was also the fifth time in his LR career that he has a game with four or more RBIs. Carricato also closes in on the most home runs in a single season for the Bears with 16 total on the year. Tyler McPeak currently holds the record after a 18-home run season in 2023.

In addition to Carricato’s and Stanford’s multi-hit games, Owen Blackledge had a 2-for-5 game at the plate. The junior now has 13 multi-hit games in 2024. Blake Bean was the third LR player to have a multi-RBI game by driving in two runs. The graduate student brought both runs across the plate with a fourth-inning single.

McPeak, who has the longest active hit streak on the team, extended his stretch to 11-straight games with a second-inning single.

With the win, LR leads the all-time series, 90-40-1. The Bears have won nine-straight games over Mars Hill. That ties for the longest win streak in the all-time series history. With the victory, the Bears have clinched at least a .500 record in South Atlantic Conference play for the fourth-straight season. Head Coach Chris Ramirez earned his 350th career victory with the result. 151 of those wins have come at LR. If the Bears are able to win any of their games tomorrow over Mars Hill, LR will clinch a spot in the 2024 SAC Tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 29-19 overall, 15-13 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader against Mars Hill. The final day will begin at 12 p.m. with a nine-inning contest, followed by a seven-inning game at 3 p.m. from Mars Hill, N.C.

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