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Mason Maxwell
Mason Maxwell went three-for-three batting with two runs scored.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Puts Up 10 Runs in Second Inning in Blowout Win

Lenoir-Rhyne crushed six home runs and put up a 10-spot in the bottom of the second as they won against Limestone in a mid-week matchup, 19-1. This was the largest margin of victory for Lenoir-Rhyne over Limestone in the 49 head-to-head games between the programs.

The Saints actually held the early lead with one run in the top of the first but the Bears would go on to score the final 19 runs. After entering the year without a 10-run inning since 2016, LR accomplished the feat for the second time this season. The Bears hit three home runs in the inning with three-run shots from both Zach Evans and Cole Stanford.

Tyler McPeak went 2-for-2 in the second inning with a home run and RBI single as LR scored 10 times on nine hits. Wade Cuda hit LR’s fourth bomb of the day to lead off the fifth inning and Evans connected on his second shot of the game to make it 13-1. RBI hits from Cole Laskowski and a sacrifice fly by Sal Carricato made it 15-1 after five.

LR pushed across four more in the seventh inning on a three-run home run from Caleb Fluno and and RBI infield single from Max LeCroy. Joey Cobb improved to 4-0 but was the only LR pitcher to allow a run. The Bears threw eight pitchers in the game with Cobb the only to go two innings.

Gavin Marley, Roland Thivierage, Chipper Mcginnis, Parker Kanupp, Jackson Benjamin, Dakota Caughey and Luke Elmore all tossed up zeroes out of the bullpen and combined for 12 strikeouts while allowing just one hit over the final seven innings. Evans finished with a career-high five RBI and was one of nine batters to drive in a run.

This was the 19th game Lenoir-Rhyne has scored in double figures this season. LR is now up to 77 home runs as a team as they try to break the record which was set last year with 82 bombs.

The Bears are now 17-4 all-time against Limestone in Hickory in series history. LR went 2-0 against the Saints on the season as they had a 14-7 victory in March. The Bears improve to 20-6 on the year in home games with three more home contests to go. LR is 45-8 at home over the past two seasons.

The Bears are 35-11 overall. LR will close the home portion of the 2023 regular season with a huge three-game set with Newberry this weekend. The Bears sit in second place in the SAC standings, two games back of Newberry with a chance to win the regular season title for the first time since 2001 on the line with a sweep of the Wolves.