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Blake Bean
Blake Bean had three home runs in the doubleheader Saturday and two more home runs in Monday's win against. St, Michael's.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Rolls Over St. Michael’s

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team extended its winning streak to a season-best eight-straight victories with a dominant 19-2 result over St. Michael’s (VT).

The Bears offense continues to deliver as well with their seventh consecutive games with at least 10+ runs, and in Monday’s contest, it took them only two innings to reach that threshold.

In the first six innings, LR scored multiple runs in each frame which included an eight-run first inning to instantly give themselves all the comfort room they needed.

Four Bears recorded 3 RBIs including Blake Bean, who went a perfect 3-3 at the plate and tallied two more home runs to make it four straight games with a trip around the bases; the graduate student has knocked six balls out of the park in the last four games.

In addition to all the offensive success, it is also one of the best performances at home this season for the Bears with their highest batting average (.436), runs scored (19), RBIs (17), and extra base hits (10) at Durham Field in 2023.

With their victory, the Bears have now won eight-straight home games at Durham Field; they now boast a 12-2 home record. The 17-run margin of victory is the largest difference for the Bears in a game this year.

In total, 11 LR batters all recorded a base hit; Ethan Smith and Michael Misenheimer recorded hits in pinch-hit situations. Out of the 10 extra-base hits, there were eight unique batters to record at least a double; Alongside Bean, Tyler McPeak had multiple instances with a double and triple.

After coming into last weekend without a home run, Mason Maxwell now has two home runs in three games with his two-run shot in the sixth inning.

This was the first-ever meeting between Lenoir-Rhyne and St. Michael’s (VT). Going back to 2022, LR has won 37 of the last 41 games at Durham Field.

St. Michael’s (VT) campaign has been much more brief in 2023 compared to the Bears with this contest being their eighth game of the season, while the Bears have played 26. With this being their 20th non-conference game of the season, the Bears now have a 15-5 record outside SAC play.

Monday’s game started a eight-game home stretch for LR; its longest home stand of the season.

The Bears are 21-5 overall on the season. LR will conclude their two-game home series against St. Michael’s (VT) on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.