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Sal Carricato
Sal Carricato earns his first SAC Player of the Week honor of the season.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drops Series Opener at Top Ranked Tampa

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team could not overcome the strong Tampa start as the Bears were handed an 11-2 defeat to begin the three-game series.

Right out of the gate, the Spartans manufactured a four-run first inning to grab the early lead as the hosts scored eight runs in the first four innings to distance themselves from the Bears.

Sal Carricato continues his incredible streak at the plate as the redshirt junior has now homered in three-straight appearances. The Long Island, N.Y. native now leads the Bears with seven home runs on the season.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they continue to have difficulty slowing down opposing offenses. In the past nine games, LR’s opposition has recorded double-digit run production in five of them.

Those high-scoring performances have led the Bears to suffer four losses in the past six games and six in the past nine games.

In addition to Carricato’s solo home run, Cole Laskowski had the second RBI of the game with seventh-inning double.

With that double, Laskowski continued his team-high hit streak to 14 games. The redshirt junior is currently on the longest hit streak in his LR career.

Spencer Floyd and Brynden Rodriguez tallied two solid innings out of the bullpen. The pair pitched an inning each and only allowed one walk in their appearance.

Owen Blackledge led the team with three on-base appearances. The junior notched a single in the eighth inning and had two walks on the evening.

While Tampa tallied 11 runs and 13 hits, the Spartans did also leave 13 runners on base. That total was higher than the Bears, who only left nine runners stranded.

With the loss, Tampa now leads LR in the all-time series history, 5-0. This marked the first meeting between the two programs since May 18, 2001, when the two sides faced each other in the NCAA Tournament. This was also the first time the two programs faced off during the regular season since March 5, 1996.

As the Bears are seven games into the nine-game road stretch, LR is 3-4. In non-conference contests, the Bears have a 10-3 record. In road non-league games, LR is 6-2.