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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Finish Series With Win Over Carson-Newman
Drew Yniesta was one of two Bears named to the South Atlantic Conference First Team.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Finish Series With Win Over Carson-Newman

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball won its third straight SAC series on Saturday afternoon with a 9-7 win over Carson-Newman on Saturday. David Bell, Erick Ramirez and Anthony Porrino all went deep to pace the Bears offensively, and LR got a strong start from Austin Edwards in the victory.

The Bears hit back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning, with Bell hitting a two-run shot and Ramirez hitting a solo bomb. It was LR’s 4th and 5th homers of the series, and the game was 3-0 at that point.

The Bears added another run in the 5th on an RBI double from Nick Clarno to make it 4-0. LR got three tallies in the 6th, the first on a double from Brayden Collett, who then came around to score on a wild pitch.

Drew Yniesta had a three-hit game, but he also drove in a run in the 6th with a bases-loaded walk. It was 7-0 after six inning. Anthony Porrino hit home run number nine on the season in the 7th, a solo shot that made it 8-0.

The Eagles got five runs back in the bottom of the 8th, capped off by a three-run homer by Zach Boze. The Bears got an insurance run in the top of the 9th from a sac fly from Bell. He had three RBIs today, and has 39 on the season.

The Eagles got two more in the 9th and brought the tying run to the plate, but Michael Allen closed to the door for his first save of the season. Starting pitcher Edwards lasted four innings and gave up just one hit and two walks, and struck out seven. Kanan Butler got the win, pitching a scoreless inning of relief. Braden Houston pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Allen picked up the save.

With the win, the Bears clinched their first series win at Carson-Newman since 2003. Every win this season from this point on will extend the program record for wins in a season.

The Bears had 14 more strikeouts on the mound, extending their own single-season SAC record to 517. Porrino and Yniesta are now hitting .386 and .385, respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 37-8 overall, 15-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return home to host #6 North Greenville on Monday at 5 p.m.