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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 Wingate

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team dropped its third-straight conference game with a 18-8 defeat to Wingate in the weekend opener.

This contest had no shortage of offense as the two programs combined for 26 runs and 37 hits in the eight-inning affair. The Bulldogs had seven batters register a multi-hit performance while the Bears had five batters put two or more hits on the board.

Dillon Chapa, who entered the night with three-straight victories on the mound, had one of his most difficult showings of the season. The junior gave up 10 earned runs and 10 hits in his 3.2 innings pitched.

LR came out strong in the early going with a couple of multi-run leads thanks to two-run first and a one-run second, but Wingate was resilient with a three-run second to take its first lead of the night.

That second inning for the Bulldogs was one of the four frames that saw Wingate collect three or more runs. Its most productive inning of the night came in the fourth when the Bulldogs had five runs.

Sal Carricato led the Bears with a three-hit performance. It is the fourth time this season that the redshirt junior has had a game with three hits. LR tied a season high with six stolen bases. The only two times the Bears notched that many stolen bases in a single game was against Saint Michael’s on March 14 and against Emory & Henry on March 24.

Blake Bean extended his team-high hitting streak to 11 games. The graduate student went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Tyler McPeak and Zach Evans each led the team with two RBIs. It is the 13th multi-RBI game of the season for Evans and the 12th for McPeak. The Bears left too many opportunities on the base paths with stranding 16 runners. Wingate only stranded nine on base.

With the LR loss, Wingate leads the all-time series, 90-50. This was the first meeting between these two programs on the campus of Wingate University since 2018. Wingate has won four-straight meetings over the Bears. The 18 runs that Wingate scored was the most in a single game against the Bears since Feb. 20, 2010. Wingate scored 19 in that meeting at Hickory, N.C. LR must sweep the Saturday doubleheader to avoid losing its third-straight conference series.

The Bears are 23-18 overall, 10-12 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will continue the weekend series against Wingate with a Saturday doubleheader at Ron Christopher Stadium. The day will get started at 1 p.m. with a nine-inning contest followed by a seven-inning game at 4 p.m.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}