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Zach Evans
Zach Evans had three hits to lead the Bears at the plate.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drop Second Contest to Tampa

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team dropped its second consecutive game to No. 1 Tampa, as the Spartans outdueled the Bears, 23-7.

After taking the series opener, Tampa carried the momentum onto Saturday by scoring the first 16 runs of the game, all in the first four innings of the contest.

Tampa had 12 unique batters collect hits while four Spartans had multi-hit performances. Tampa went on to collect eight extra-base hits while the Spartans produced the most runs an opponent has scored in a single game during the 2024 season.

For LR, Owen Blackledge led the team with two RBIs on the afternoon. The junior drove in LR’s first run of the game with a single in the fifth, followed by an RBI walk in the eighth.

Speaking of that eighth inning, it was the most successful frame of the day for the Bears as LR posted four runs. Zach Evans and Alex Khan each had RBI singles to bring the Bears to their seven-run total.

Evans led the Bears with three hits. He was the only Bear to record a multi-hit performance.

Tampa scored in each of the first six innings. The Spartan’s largest inning was a nine-run fourth inning. Dillon Chapa was dealt his first loss of the season after three innings on the mound. The junior ended the day by allowing seven runs and six hits.

The Spartans were walked on 12 separate occasions. That ties for the most the Bears have allowed in a single game this season. Cole Laskowski’s 14-game hit streak has come to a close. The redshirt junior went 0-for-3 on the afternoon.

With the loss, Tampa now leads LR in the all-time series history, 6-0. LR has now dropped three-straight weekend series. The Bears lost two of three to Lincoln Memorial at home and two of three to Catawba on the road.

This marks the first time that LR has lost a weekend series to a non-conference opponent in the Chris Ramirez era. As the Bears are eight games into the nine-game road stretch, LR is 3-5. In non-conference contests, the Bears have a 10-4 record. In road non-league games, LR is 6-3.