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Mason Maxwell
Mason Maxwell went a combined four-for-eight at the plate with four runs scored and an RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Sweeps Auburn University at Montgomery

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team recorded a doubleheader sweep against Auburn University at Montgomery on Saturday, winning 6-4 and 8-4.

In the opening contest of their doubleheader, Blake Bean knocked in a pair of runs in the top of the tenth inning to give the Bears a 6-4 victory, their first of the season.

Despite with it being the first extra inning game of the season for Lenoir-Rhyne, the first three batters all reached safely with Mason Maxwell getting aboard with a hit by pitch followed by a Tyler McPeak double; both eventually scored on the Bean 2-RBI double.

McPeak had himself a game as that double was one of the two extra-base hits recorded, the other one being a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning.

In Andrew Patrick’s first start of the season, the Preseason All-SAC First Team member had a solid outing of six innings pitched with only allowing one run and six hits, which included striking out five opposing batters.

After an offensive lackluster afternoon on Wednesday, the Bears jumped onto the scoreboard first with a Bryce Stober RBI single. Then, a throwing error by the Warhawks starting pitcher Andrew Cronan scored Bean from third and the Bears were ahead 2-0.

Slowly, the Warhawks chipped away at the deficit as they got onto the scoreboard as Cooper Doughman knocked in an RBI double in the sixth inning, followed by Jarren Wright’s 2-RBI single to jump the hosts out in front, 3-2.

After the McPeak home run in the top of the eighth, the Bears had a chance to seal the win in the bottom of the ninth. But just as Brayden Collett entered the game, he walked in the game-tying run forcing extra innings.

Though Collett gets credit for the Bears first win of the season, Caleb Cockerman gets rewarded for the save as he struck out two batters in the final frame.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Lenoir-Rhyne got another strong start at the plate when Cole Stanford blasted a two-run home run down the left field line, giving the Bears another early 2-0 lead.

With the Warhawks cutting the deficit in half in the bottom half of the fourth inning due to a Bears’ error, the offense made sure to not let that play affect the outcome of the game.

In the sixth inning, the Bears capitalized on a variety of small-ball tactics that included Bean scoring on a wild pitch, making it a 3-1 lead. Lenoir-Rhyne was not done just yet as Wade Cuda knocked an RBI single followed by a Kai Montano sacrifice fly.

Later in the seventh inning, Maxwell and McPeak went back-to-back with RBI singles to take a commanding 7-2 lead into the middle of the inning.

The Warhawks continued to show heart in the contest, but the Bears built a strong enough lead to hold off their opposition and Stanford knocked a clutch RBI single to secure the 8-4 victory and the doubleheader sweep.

The Bears will be back for the series finale against Auburn University of Montgomery on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.