Playing their third straight doubleheader in the last three days, The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball team returned home and spilt a non-conference doubleheader with visiting Coker. Will Jones hit a two-run homerun and Joey Cobb threw four hitless innings in a 5-3 win in the second game. In game one, Bears were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss.
In game one, the Bears were held to three singles in this game. LR did not get a hit until Connor Smith led off the 5th with a single up the middle. A Wade Cuda single in 6th and an Andy Lopez pitch hit single in the 7th were the only hits in this one for the Bears.
E.J. Ranel’s eight game hitting streak was snapped in game one. During Ranel’s eight game hitting streak he has batted .448 with 4 HR’s 9 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
The Cobras got a two-run homerun from Jackson Williams in the second. Brian Castillo added a solo shot for the Cobras in the 6th to make it 5-0.
Hayden Gresham (1-2) took the loss for Lenoir-Rhyne. Gresham got the start and went 1 1/3 inning allowing the two-run homerun to Williams.
Brett Fulk, Michael Allen, Austin Blevins went 5 2/3 innings out of the pen only allowing one earned run in relief.
In game two, Joey Cobb (1-0) got the win, throwing four hitless innings while striking out a career high seven Cobras.
Will Jones got the Bears on the board with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 4th. L-R added three runs in the fifth with RBIs from Wade Cuda, Drue Galassi and Nick Clarno.
After Coker got within two with a two-run home run homerun from Reilly Hall. Tanner Moyers came in for a scoreless inning to get the hold then Ben Friebel worked a scoreless inning for his third save.
Will Jones had two hits in game two and is now is two hits shy of 150 of his career.
Since the calendar flipped to April, Matt Mackey had been red-hot hitting .444 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs. During the streak, his batting average has increased 51 points to .307 entering today.
The Bears are 22-14 overall and stay 18-10 in South Atlantic Conference play. LR will finish the regular season with a four-game SAC series against Newberry starting Saturday at 1pm.