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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Snaps Losing Streak With Dominant Performance At Limestone
Joey Cobb struck out seven in five innings pitched.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Snaps Losing Streak With Dominant Performance at Limestone

Lenoir-Rhyne baseball snapped its four game losing streak on Tuesday night, knocking off Limestone 4-1. The Bears got all four of its runs in the 4th inning, and Joey Cobb pitched five shutout innings to earn his third win of the season. Spencer Floyd also got his second career save in the win, which gave LR the season sweep over Limestone.

It was a pitching duel in the first three innings, with each side only having a couple baserunners in the first third of the game. The Bears finally broke through in the 4th inning. Drew Yniesta led the inning off with a walk, and Nick Clarno tried to bunt him over to second base, but Yniesta was thrown out. With Clarno on first, the Limestone pitcher made an errant pick-off attempt that led Clarno to advance to second. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came home to score the game’s first run on an Anthony Porrino groundout.

Luis Atiles then hit his second home run of the season to left center field to make it a 2-0 ballgame. After an error and a walk, David Bell knocked in the third run of the inning, scoring Wade Cuda.

Finally, Erick Ramirez rounded out the scoring with an RBI double that scored Matt Mackey. It was 4-0 at that point, and that was all the offense LR needed. Limestone added a run in the 8th inning with a sacrifice fly, but never threatened to get any closer than that.

Braden Houston, Kanan Butler, Ben Friebel and Spencer Floyd all had scoreless outings from the Bear bullpen.  Houston lowers his season ERA to 0.53. Cobb pitched five innings and allowed only two hits, but walked five men along with seven strikeouts.

This was LR’s 27th win of the season, the most since 2018 when they also won 27. This was the Bears’ fourth win in a row against Limestone and sixth in the last seven meetings.

This is also the second year in a row that the Bears have traveled to Gaffney. Last season, LR took three out of four in a weekend series with the Saints.

The Bears improve to 8-6 away from Durham Field this season. LR is now 19-3 when scoring first in 2022.

The Bears are 27-7 overall on the season. The team finishes up this eight-game road trip with a three-game series at Mars Hill, starting Friday at 2pm.