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Tyler McPeak
Tyler McPeak went four-for-eight batting combined with a run scored in the doubleheader.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Picks Up Mid-Week Win Over Virginia-Wise

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team was able to produce its third double-digit run performance in the past five games as the Bears outdueled the Virginia-Wise Cavaliers, 10-8, in the non-conference slate.

In a contest that had four different ties throughout the afternoon, LR had its best stretch in the second half of the game with five unanswered runs scored from the sixth to the eighth.

The Bears had no trouble finding the gaps as LR recorded four doubles from four unique batters. However, it was not just the slugging that gave the Bears the victory, instead it was the small ball tactics that allowed LR to prevail.

Three of the Bears runs came through sacrifice at-bats; two came from sacrifice flyouts while one came from a sacrifice bunt by Cole Nelson. In addition, LR had 13 walks in the contest, which is the second-most the Bears have had in a single game this season.

Despite giving up three runs in a relief appearance, Cole Bramhall earned his second victory of the season in his one inning on the mound. For Kyle Murphy, the junior earned his first save of the season with his 1.1 innings of no-hit pitching.

Tyler McPeak led the Bears with three runs scored. The graduate student was walked three times and had a two-hit performance. McPeak was not the only one who was enjoying the free passes as Owen Blackledge led the team with four walks. Khi Holiday was also in the mix with his three walks as well.

Tyler Parks made his third start of the season on the mound. The junior dealt another one-hit performance with one strikeout in his two innings pitched. Both teams did miss out on opportunities to add onto their run total. LR left 15 runners on base while UVA-Wise left 10 stranded.

The Bears did not get punched out often in this mid-week clash. LR only struck out on two occasions, which is tied for the fewest in a single game this season.

With the win, LR remains perfect against UVA-Wise with a 11-0 all-time series record. For games that have been played in Wise, Va., LR has a 8-0 record and has scored in double figures in each game.

This was the final non-conference road game of the season for the Bears. LR has only three more non-conference games left in 2024, with each game taking place in Durham Field.

With the win, LR improves back to a .500 record in road contests. Through the first 16 road games, the Bears have a 8-8 record. This game brings an end to a stretch that saw LR play 13 of its 14 games away from Durham Field. The Bears have nine road games remaining, all coming in April.

The Bears are 17-12 overall, 5-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return home to host Emory & Henry in a three-game conference series. This set will mark the first time LR has hosted a SAC opponent since Feb. 24, and will be the start of an eight-game home stand.