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Owen Blackledge
Owen Blackledge went a combined four-for-seven with a run scored and an RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Anderson

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team and Anderson each took a victory in the Saturday doubleheader as the Bears clinched a second-straight SAC series win.

In the first game of the day, Anderson took an early lead over LR with three runs in the first two innings. However, the Bears came storming back to take a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning.

Ultimately, the Trojans came right back with a three-run ninth inning as Anderson was able to re-take the lead. While the Bears were threatening in home half of the ninth, the Trojans held on for a 6-5 win.

In the second game of the day, Anderson once again got out to an early start with a two-run first. But this time was different as the Bears scored nine unanswered runs to pull away for the Trojans.

While Anderson was attempting to brew a late comeback, the deficit was too much to overcome, and LR held on to clinch the series victory.

In game one, Sal Carricato led the Bears with a five-RBI performance. It is the second game this season that the redshirt junior has drove in that many runs. In addition to Carricato’s two-hit game, Blake Bean and Owen Blackledge had a multi-hit display at Durham Field. Cole Laskowski had his eight-game hit streak come to a close. The redshirt junior went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. The reigning SAC Pitcher of the Week Kellen Gradisar earned the win with a six-inning performance. The Missouri City, Texas native gave up only six hits and two earned runs in his outing. Three LR batters were hit in the batter’s box. This included Cole Stanford, Brendan Holloway and Carricato.

With the doubleheader split, LR leads the all-time series, 31-14. In Hickory, N.C., LR has an impressive 16-6 record over Anderson. With the Anderson win in game one of the doubleheader, it snapped the five-game losing streak to LR. It was one shy of the longest losing streak in the all-time series history.  s the Bears have won another series over Anderson, it marks the fifth-straight series that LR has bested the Trojans. This Saturday doubleheader was also recognized as Senior Day for the LR Baseball program. Bryce Stober, Brendan Holloway, Blake Bean, Michael Misenheimer, Joshua Lanham, William Stewart, Tyler McPeak, Andy Cook, and Lawrence Gallo were all recognized before the doubleheader.

Khi Holiday led the Bears with a three-hit performance. It is the second-straight game that the junior has had a three-hit game against the Trojans. Tyler McPeak led the Bears with a 2-RBI game. The graduate student had a RBI single in the fourth and a solo home run in the eighth. Sal Carricato hit a team-high 14th home run of the season with a solo shot in the eighth inning. Joshua Lanham, who got the start for the Bears, recorded 10 strikeouts for his first double-figure strikeout performance of the season. Holiday was a successful 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. That was the 13th and 14th successful steal of the season for the Tupelo, Miss. native.

The Bears are 27-19 overall, 14-13 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will stay at Durham Field for the final home game of the regular season. The Bears will host the Barton Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 23 at 5 p.m.

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