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Blake Bean
Blake Bean had a home run and two RBI in the loss to Auburn University of Montgomery on Wednesday, April 4.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls End Homestand With Loss

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team could not overcome its slow start against Auburn University of Montgomery, as the Bears were handed a 11-8 defeat to split the mid-week series.

After losing by 14 the night before, the Warhawks came out firing by scoring the first eight runs of the game with a five-run first and a three-run second.

The early strike did not hold the Bears back though, as the hosts went on to tally the next seven runs of contest, bringing themselves back within one.

However, AUM re-discovered its offense in the eighth inning after going scoreless for five-straight frames. While the Warhawks got the runners on, LR brought them home with a series of wild pitches.

With the loss, it is only the second time this season that a non-conference foe has defeated the Bears at Durham Field. The only other occurrence was on Feb. 7, when the Bears were defeated by No. 2 North Greenville in their home opener.

The Bears produced their second four-home run game of the series. In Wednesday’s contest, Blake Bean, Sal Carricato, Zach Evans, and Cole Stanford all crushed a home run. LR’s offense had a difficult day staying away from the double plays. The Bears grounded into four double plays, the most LR has done in a single game this season.

Cole Laskowski had his team-high hitting streak snapped at 13. The redshirt junior went 0-for-3 and hit-less for the first time since March 9. Carricato and Evans led the team with three hits each. This was Carricato’s third-straight multi-hit game while Evans has had back-to-back multi-hit performances.

LR’s bullpen had a busy afternoon as 12 different pitchers were utilized. Joshua Lanham had the longest outing with three innings on the mound.

Despite the LR loss, the Bears still lead the all-time series, 4-2. This marked the first time that AUM has won a game in Hickory, N.C. Although, Tuesday was the first time that AUM played a game at Durham Field.

The Bears only have one more non-conference game on the schedule. It will be the final home game of the season against Barton on Tuesday, April 23.

In non-conference games, LR has a 13-6 record. For the eight-game home stand, LR posted a 5-3 tally.

The Bears are 22-15 overall on the season. LR will return to conference play with a three-game series against Newberry. The weekend begins on Friday, April 5 with a 6 p.m. first pitch from Newberry, S.C.