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Bryce Stober
Hickory High grad Bryce Stober had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Recovers Late For Win Over Catawba

In their second-straight game, Lenoir-Rhyne was able to overcome a difficult start and pull out an unthinkable victory. On Tuesday, the Bears found another way out to take down Catawba, 15-9, and sweep the regular season series.

While trailing by six to Anderson on Sunday, the Bears dug themselves into a deeper hole on Tuesday, falling behind by seven through the first two innings.

Fortunately for the Bears, they were able to rely on their offensive success in the third and eighth innings, where LR was able to record five runs in each frame, respectively.

Overcoming their first deficit, LR went on a stretch of seven unanswered runs, tying the contest up at seven apiece. After a passed ball by the Bears, Catawba snatched the lead right back, going up 9-7.

But that did not slow down LR as they went on to score the next eight runs to secure their fourth-straight win. In addition to one of their best winning streaks on the season, Coach Chris Ramirez earned his 300th career win; he has 101 of his wins as the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

It truly was a carousel for the LR lineups, as they recorded 41 at-bats in the contest. That ties the most at-bats in a single game with the 16-2 win over Southern Wesleyan on Feb. 18. The Bears will be a little sore after this game after getting hit by five pitches, the most in a single performance this year. LR had six extra-base hits with three doubles, one triple and two home runs. Meanwhile, Catawba had five extra-base hits with all five being recorded as doubles.

Wade Cuda led all Bears with six total bases after hitting his fourth double and third home run of the season. Although it was a busy day for the offense, the pitching departments of both teams were also heavily involved with 13 combined pitchers. LR used one extra arm with seven pitchers while Catawba used six.

This is the first mid-week victory for the Bears since their 5-3 victory over Catawba in Salisbury, N.C. on Feb. 15. With the victory, the Bears have now won three-straight games over Catawba. They had a four-game losing streak to the Indians before the winning streak began.

This contest will go down as one of the highest scoring games in this rivalry. On average, LR usually scores just under five runs per game to the Indians. With the home victory, the Bears have won seven straight games in Hickory and now have a 11-2 record at Durham Field this season.

Although LR and Catawba are both members of the South Atlantic Conference, this game is registered as a non-conference game on the schedule.

LR is 17-5 on the season and will hit the road again for their upcoming weekend series against Emory & Henry. The three-game set will start on Friday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. When the Bears return home, it will start their longest home stretch of the season with eight straight games at Durham Field; it begins with St. Michael’s (VT) on Monday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.