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Bryce Stober
Hickory High grad Bryce Stober had both of Lenoir-Rhyne's RBIs in the game.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls in Series Finale to Tusculum

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team was handed a fourth-straight series defeat as the Bears were run-ruled by Tusculum, 15-3, in the series finale.

After the Bears had two good starts in the first two games of the weekend, it was Tusculum who had the hot start as the Pioneers jumped out to an 8-1 lead, after a six-run second inning.

That was not the only big inning of the game as Tusculum saved its best frame of the weekend for the fifth. The Pioneers dialed up seven runs in the inning to put themselves out of reach of the Bears.

Tusculum ended up with four batters recording two or more hits while Zane Keener and Ben Scartz each had team-highs with three knocks.

Randan Rigdan, who got his first start of the season, had a brief appearance on the mound. The junior allowed six earned runs and five hits in his 1.1 innings pitched.

Bryce Stober recorded both of LR’s two RBIs. The senior had a sacrifice fly out in the second to score Sal Carricato, and a fielder’s choice groundout to score Zach Evans in the fourth. Evans recorded the only extra-base hit of the game for the Bears with a fourth-inning triple. It is only the third triple of the season for the Bears. Khi Holiday had two walks in the contest, which was good enough to have a tie for a team-high two on-base appearances.

Seven different Tusculum players drove in a run. Jake Absher led the way for the Pioneers with four. Joshua Lanham made his second appearance out of the bullpen this season. The redshirt senior allowed six hits and five earned runs in his 2.1 innings pitched.

With the loss, Tusculum continues to lead the all-time series with a 54-43 record. LR continues to have trouble in Greeneville, Tenn. In the NCAA era, the Bears are 9-27 at Tusculum. This marks the first time that LR has been handed a series defeat from Tusculum since 2019. In that series at Pioneer Park, the Bears were swept in the three-game set.

The last time the Bears have won a weekend series was against the Limestone Saints on Feb. 16-17 in Hickory, N.C. After 12 games of conference play, LR sits 10th in the SAC standings, which would mean that the Bears are on the outside looking in for the SAC Tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 16-12 overall, 5-7 in the South Atlantic Conference.  Team will stay on the road with a non-conference game against UVA-Wise. In 2023, LR swept the Cavaliers in a three-game conference series.