Lenoir-Rhyne baseball was up 7-2 in the 7th inning over Lincoln Memorial, but the Railsplitters got two in the 7th, three in the 9th to tie the game, and two more in the 11th to stun the Bears 9-7 at Durham Field on Friday night. It was just the second home loss of the season for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Two doubles and a walk in the first three batters for LMU put the Railsplitters up 2-0 in a flash. Corey Boles got the hit that drove in two. The Bears answered back in the bottom of the 1st with doubles from Cole Laskowski and Nick Clarno to make it 2-1.
Bryce Stober tied the game up with a successful squeeze bunt to score David Bell to make it 2-2 in the 2nd, and then Laskowski singled in Stober to make it 3-2. Laskowski came up big again in the 4th, driving in two with a single.
Drew Yniesta followed that up with a another RBI single to make it 6-2 in the 4th. David Bell hit a solo home run in the 5th and finished a single short of the cycle. Bell hit a triple in the 3rd, a double in the 4th and a homer in the 5th.
The Bears then went cold offensively after the Bell homer and didn’t score in the final six innings of the game. A bases loaded hit-by-pitch and then a walk brought home two runs for LMU in the 7th, and it was 7-4 after seven.
Two errors behind closer Ben Friebel in the 9th inning allowed LMU to eventually tie the game. All three runs in the 9th were unearned. The Bears couldn’t get anything going in extra innings offensively, and a two-run single from Tucker Hagan in the 11th was enough to give LMU the win.
Joshua Lanham pitched six innings and allowed just the two 1st inning runs. He gave up four hits and struck out seven with five walks. In total, the Bears walked 12 men, a season high.
LR is now 2-2 in extra inning games this year. 4:19 is the 2nd-longest game of the season.