Following up a win over No. 3 North Greenville, No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne baseball fell apart in the late innings and lost 18-5 to Queens on Tuesday in Charlotte. The Royals scored 14 runs combined in the 7th and 8th innings to win comfortably.
The Bears jumped in front 2-0 after RBIs from Nick Clarno and Anthony Porrino in the 1st inning. A two-run home run for Queens tied the game in the 2nd.
The Bears played long ball themselves in the 4th and 5th innings. Wade Cuda hit his team-high 14th homer in the 4th, a two-run shot. Then, Porrino hit his 10th of the year in the 5th, a solo shot. The Bears were up 5-2 at that point.
Michael Allen pitched three perfect innings of relief for the Bears. A second two-run blast for MJ Sasapan in the 6th made it 5-4. Two more homers and several other extra base hits for Queens in the final frames pulled them away 18-5.
Braden Houston took the loss for the Bears, his first in an LR uniform.
This was the largest margin of defeat this season for LR. The game was the first time in over two years that an opponent scored 15+ runs against LR. The last team to do it was Catawba in March of 2020.
Porrino is now hitting .394 with 56 RBIs this year, and both lead the team. LR is now 6-2 against Queens since 2019.
The Bears are 38-9 on the season. LR finishes up the regular season with a big home series against Lincoln Memorial. First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Friday night.