The 2022 version of Lenoir-Rhyne baseball has now won more games than any other team in the 92-year history of the program. With a 14-6 win over Carson-Newman in game one of the doubleheader, the Bears picked up win number 36 on the season, breaking the record of 35 set in 2007. Carson-Newman took game two 6-0.
In game one, the Bears scored eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Drew Yniesta picked up another RBI in the 1st inning to continue his phenomenal month of April, and it was 1-0 Bears after one.
Then, the Bears broke through in a big way in the 2nd inning, all with two outs. Cole Laskowski reached base for his 36th game in a row with an RBI double, driving in Erick Ramirez and David Bell. Wade Cuda then doubled in Laskowski. Yniesta then launced a two-run homer to score Cuda. Nick Clarno singled, and then Luis Atiles hit his 4th homer of the season to drive in Clarno, and all of the sudden it was an 8-0 ballgame.
Carson-Newman got three back in the 3rd to make it 8-3, but then it was more extra base hits for the Bears in the 4th. Anthony Porrino added to his team-high RBI total with a two-run triple, and then Hogan Stallings drove in Porrino with a sac fly to get the three runs back.
Laskowski had another RBI single in the 5th, and then Cuda smacked his 13th homer of the year, a solo shot to center field to make it 13-3. Clarno drove in the final tally of the game for the Bears in the 8th.
Josh Lanham got his 9th win of the season, pitching six innings and allowing nine hits and five earned runs. Henry Cartrett and Tanner Moyers both had scoreless outings out of the Bear bullpen.
In game two, Harrison Travis opened the scoring in the second inning of game two with a solo shot to center field. Carson-Newman tallied runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-0 advantage.
The hosts would break the game open with a 3-spot in the bottom of the fifth. Killian Daughtry brought home two with his second run-scoring single of the game and Travis brought home the final run of the game with a sac fly.
Matt Bradley tossed a complete game shutout to move to 6-0 on the year. Bradley allowed just five hits and struck out nine without walking a batter in the game.
Andrew Patrick fell to 7-2 on the season and was charged with all six runs in 4.1 innings of work.
The Lenoir-Rhyne pitching staff broke the South Atlantic Conference record for most strikeouts by a pitching staff in a season. LR sits at 503 strikeouts on the year in just 379.1 innings pitched. Catawba held the record prior to LR breaking it with 501 strikeouts in 2015.
With a win in game one, the Bears pushed their winning streak to 10 straight, the second double-digit winning streak on the year. LR is only 7-25 since 2000 in games played at Carson-Newman.
This was the first meeting between these two teams in over two years. The last head-to-head meeting was in February of 2020.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 36-8 overall, 14-6 in the South Atlantic Conference.