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Tyler McPeak
Tyler McPeak went two-for-five with a run scored and two RBI.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls Out of South Atlantic Conference Tournament

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team saw its SAC Tournament run come to an end with a 13-10 defeat to Tusculum in the loser’s bracket contest.

After Friday’s crushing defeat to No. 15 Catawba, the Bears appeared to have the result in the rear-view mirror as they scored in each of the first five innings.

With a 10-2 advantage, LR looked to be in a solid position heading into the second half of the game, however, the Tusculum bats got going against the Bears’ bullpen.

Tusculum, who entered the SAC Tournament with a No. 4 seed, scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to jump out in front of LR with a 12-10 lead.

While the Pioneers added an insurance run in the ninth, the LR bats could not get back into motion, bringing its time in Salisbury to a finish after only two games.

Blake Bean had a strong night at the plate with a team-high three RBIs. The graduate student was also one of the four Bears to record a a two-hit night. Khi Holiday extended his hit streak to 15 games with a first-inning single. The 15-game hit streak is the longest that a LR player has had in the 2024 season. Holiday, who also had a stolen base in the game, ends with 22 stolen bases on the season. That mark is good enough for sixth-most in a single season by a LR player.

Joshua Lanham, who was handed the losing decision, gave up six earned runs in his 1.2 innings pitched. Tusculum’s Seth Willis, who earned the winning decision, pitched 6.2 innings out of the bullpen. In his sixth victory of the season, Willis gave up only six hits and three earned runs.

In the all-time series history, Tusculum leads LR, 55-43. For SAC Tournament play, LR has a 26-36 all-time record. This is first time that LR has gone 0-2 in the SAC Tournament since 2009. In that postseason, the Bears lost to Newberry and Tusculum in Wingate, N.C.

In the regular season, Tusculum won two of three games over LR in Greeneville, Tenn. The three-game series took place from March 16-17.

For games in Newman Park during the 2024 season, the Bears went 1-4. The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team’s season has come to an end with a 30-22 record. This was the third-straight season that the Bears won 30 or more games.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}