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Sal Carricato
Sal Carricato went three-for-six with a run scored and an RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drops Doubleheader With Catawba

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team got swept in its second consecutive doubleheader of the season to Catawba.

In the series opener, the Indians’ offense was in rhythm throughout the contest as they produced five multi-run innings from the support of their nine extra-base hits.

As Catawba continued to run up its total on LR, the Indians were able to “walk-off” in the bottom of the eighth inning as Dylan Driver’s RBI single brought the game to a 15-5 final.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the matchup had a more competitive balance. The Bears overcame a two-run deficit to take a two-run lead heading into the home half of the seventh.

Down to its last chance, Catawba tallied two runs in the seventh to force the game into extras. Then after four scoreless innings, Bo Rusher III rocked a solo home run down the right field line, in the 12th, to give the Indians the 7-6 victory.

In game one,┬áBlake Bean crushed his second lead-off home run of the season to start the three-game series. The graduate student’s two-hit performance is also good enough to extend his hit streak to 12.

Owen Blackledge recorded a 2-RBI single in the sixth inning to score Sal Carricato and Tyler McPeak. That was the junior’s third multi-RBI game of the season. Khi Holiday had a perfect game at the plate as the junior went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. The Tupelo, Miss. native also snatched his sixth stolen base of the season.

Out of the nine extra-base hits that Catawba collected, seven of them were doubles while also the Indians also recorded a triple and a home run. Levi Perrell led the way with seven total bases with two doubles and one triple. Speaking of Perrell, Catawba’s lead-off hitter stayed busy on the base paths with five runs and four hits.

The 16 hits that the Indians collected was the most the Bears have allowed in a single game this season. After going down by 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, it is the first time that LR has been mercy ruled in the new conference format.

In game two, McPeak registered two doubles. In the sixth inning, the graduate student had a 2-RBI double, which at the time, tied the game at four. Catawba’s Drew Robertson stole three bases throughout the contest. It is the most that an opponent has stolen against LR in a single game this season.

Cole Laskowski recorded three singles to produce his 13th career three-hit game as Bear. Also having multi-hit games for the Bears were Zach Evans, Bryce Stober, Carricato, and Holiday, who each ended with two hits.

The Bears had a few opportunities slip through their fingertips as they stranded 14 on the base paths. That included chances when LR grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 11th with two runners on, and a bases loaded strikeout in the 12th. Bean’s 12-game hit streak has come to an end. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.

This was the first time that LR has dropped an extra-innings contest since being defeat by Catawba, 2-1, on March 25, 2022, in Salisbury, N.C. Catawba now leads the all-time series, 145-109.

The Bears have lost four consecutive SAC games. With the loss in the series opener, LR’s three-game win streak over Catawba was snapped.

LR went into this series with a 5-0 start on the road in 2024. With the two losses, the Bears now have a 5-2 road record. In the past 10 games in Salisbury, LR is 3-7 against Catawba.

The Bears are 12-6 overall and 3-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team will conclude its three-game series against Catawba on Sunday, March 3. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Newman Park.