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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Reaches 40 Wins With Sweep Of Lincoln Memorial
David Bell went a combined four-for-eight batting with five runs scored and two RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Reaches 40 Wins With Sweep of Lincoln Memorial

After letting the series opener slip away on Friday night, No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne baseball needed to take two from Lincoln Memorial to guarantee themselves a spot in the top-4 of the SAC Tournament and the double elimination round. The Bears took care of business, winning 14-4 in game one and 3-1 in game two to take two out of three from LMU and finish the regular season 40-10. 40 wins is the most in the 92-year history of the program, and the Bears are now in prime position to earn the school’s second NCAA Tournament bid and the first since 2001. Today was also senior day for 13 seniors on the LR team that played their final game at Durham Field.

In game one, David Bell took over the leadoff spot  and excelled. He led off the Bear offensive attack with a double, and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 after one. Bell then picked up an RBI in the 2nd inning when he grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Anthony Porrino to make it 2-0. Two bases-loaded walks in a row to Drew Yniesta and Nick Clarno made it 4-0, and then an error by LMU off a hard-hit ball by Luis Atiles made it 5-0. Porrino finished off the marathon inning with and RBI infield single to make it 6-0.

Atiles hit a grand slam to left field in the 4th to make it 10-0 and put the game out of reach. Clarno made it 11-0 with an RBI single in the 5th, and then LMU got their first hit against Andrew Patrick in the 6th from a solo home run from Ryan Kurth.

An RBI triple for Bell in the 6th made it 12-1, and then Cole Laskowski drove in Bell with an RBI groundout.

Jackson Brown rounded out the scoring for the Bears with an RBI single after a three-run homer by LMU and the game finished at 14-4.

Patrick pitched six innings and earned his 8th win of the year, allowing just two hits and one run. He overcame three early walks and struck out 10 for another quality start on his ledger.

Hayden Gresham and Austin Blevins pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Bears.

Austin Edwards had electric stuff on the mound for the Bears in the rubber match of the series. The grad transfer righty pitched all seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run with 11 strikeouts and no walks on his senior day.

Luis Atiles had two sacrifice flies in the 1st and 3rd innings to pace the Bears offensively, and Erick Ramirez drove in the other run for LR with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Bell had two more hits in the game, and Ryan Healy made an unbelievable diving play at second base to help Edwards out defensively.

Seven innings and 11 strikeouts were both career highs for Edwards on his senior day. After LMU stole nine bases in Friday night’s game, they were held to one combined steal in 16 innings in these contests.

Clarno finishes the season as LR’s leader in batting average at .386. The Bears finish the season 25-2 at home, by far the most home victories in a single season in program history.

The seniors that were honored before the game were Healy, Ramirez, Atiles, Henry Cartrett, Ben Friebel, Clarno, Porrino, Yniesta, Edwards, Gresham, Andy Lopez, Luke Henson and Kanan Butler.

The Bears have now won three out of the last five matchups with the Railsplitters.

Lenoir-Rhyne has secured the 4 seed in the SAC Baseball Tournament and will play No. 3 seeded Queens on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in the double elimination round of the tournament.