Connor Smith went 4-5 with a homerun, double and 5 RBIs in the Bears 16-6 victory in game one but in the night cap, Limestone used a six-run second inning to came away with a 6-1 victory. E.J. Ranel hit his 10th homerun in the lost.
In game one, three batters into the game and LR grabbed a 3-0 lead. Connor Smith with a three-run homerun to left field gave the Bears the early lead.
Alex Shirazi had a 4-0 lead before taking the mound for his 27th career start. Shirazi (4-3) went six innings to get the victory allowing six runs (four earned) with seven strikeouts.
The Bears broke the game open with a seven run 4th inning. LR scored all seven runs after having two-outs and no one on.
Smith lead the Bears with his first career four hit game. Smith went 4-5 with HR, double, three runs scored and five runs batted in. Will Jones, Bryce Stober, and Wade Cuda, the Bears 7-9 batters went 6-11 with 5 RBIs on the contest.
In game two, Limestone scored all six runs in the bottom of the second off starter Tanner Moyers (3-3). Limestone’s Brandon Banks opened the scoring with a three-run home run then Josh Evans and Benjamin Huber drove in runs with two-outs in the inning.
Bears got six scoreless innings out of their bullpen. Michael Allen, Brett Fulk, Austin Blevins gave LR a scoreless innings while Joey Cobb threw three scoreless innings in relief.
Ranel got the Bears on the board with his 10th homerun of the season in the 8th. Ranel’s homerun ties teammate Drue Galassi and Tusculum’s Brandon Trammell for the SAC lead. Matt Mackey and Nick Clarno had two hits for the Bears.
Today’s game featured eight of the top 16 homerun leaders in the SAC conference. Bears lead the conference with 50 homeruns heading into today while Limestone is second with 36. This is also a match up the SAC highest batting average (Limestone .318) against the SAC lowest opponent batting average (LR .205). Bears have held their opponents to just a .205 batting average through the first 30 games.
L-R will finish the regular season with 10 games in the next seven days including eight conference matchups.
Bears seven stolen bases in game one was a season high.
The Bears are 19-13 overall and, 16-10 SAC: Teams will conclude their four-game series tomorrow starting at 1pm.