Andrew Patrick went the distance with eight strikeouts in game one, then Joshua Lanham struck out a career-high 14 Royals in the nightcap as the Bears swept Sunday’s doubleheader from Queens. With the doubleheader sweep, the Bears took three of four on the weekend to get back to .500 in SAC play.
In game one, LR scored the first run of the game with an E.J. Ranel sacrifice fly in the top of the 1st, scoring Drue Galassi. LR added a two-spot in the top of the 4th on a Matt Mackey sacrifice fly and a Mike McHugh RBI groundout to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage.
Ranel added a two-run single in the 5th to pick up his second and third RBIs of the game. Seven of the Bears nine starters had hits in this one but no one had more than one hit on the afternoon.
Andrew Patrick’s scoreless streak ended at 11 2/3 innings as the Royals scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-1 after five innings. Patrick allowed four hits and that one run in his second straight complete game to move his record to 2-0 on the season. Patrick has only given up five hits in his 17 innings pitch this season. Teams are hitting .089 off him this year.
In game two, The Bears were held to only one hit in the first four innings but used four hits in the 5th inning to score four runs to take control of game two. Mackey led off with a walk then came around to score on a throwing error by the Royals after a Mike McHugh single. After a Will Jones double, the Bears got a two-run single by David Bell to give them a 3-1 lead. Bell then came around to score on Xander Ferlenda’s RBI groundout. The four runs were all Joshua Lanham needed.
Galassi hit his league-leading 5th home run in the top of the 7th to give the Bears a 6-1 lead. Bell, Galassi, and Will Jones each had two hits in the nightcap. Ranel went hitless in game two to end his five-game hitting streak but the senior finished the week with a .300 average, two home runs and nine RBIs.
Lanham dodged trouble early in the game but rebounded to strike out a career-high 14, while only allowing one earned run to get his second win of the season. Friebel picked up his second save of the year with a scoreless ninth. Lanham’s fourteen strikeouts are the most since Thomas St. Clair struck out 17 back in February 2017.
LR came into the day with all four of their weekend starters in the top 12 in the SAC in ERA and three of the four in the top 5.
The Bears committed three errors on the day and now have 21 errors in their first eleven games, which is third-most in the SAC so far.
The Bears are 6-5 overall, 4-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will host Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday at 4:00 PM for a non-conference matchup.