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Cole Stanford went a combined four-for-six batting with five runs scored and two RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Over Cedarville

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used a pair of dominating seventh innings to sweep the Cedarville Yellow Jackets in a doubleheader on Friday, winning 8-3 in game one and 10-7 in game two.

In the first game, the Bears held onto a lead for virtually the entire contest, but that advantage struck to one in the top of the seventh inning with Cedarville scoring two unanswered runs.

But thanks to some small ball tactics and a Tyler McPeak 2-RBI single, the Bears produced four runs in the frame and earned an 8-3 victory.

In the second contest of the day, the Yellow Jackets had a much better performance to start out the game as they also built their lead up to seven in the seventh inning, owning a 7-0 edge.

Then the matchup flipped on its head as the Bears scored 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning due to a series of big hits and Yellow Jackets errors to clinch the series.

Joshua Lanham moved himself into third place with the most strikeouts in program history as he ended with a season-best nine strikeouts and a winning decision on the day.

Lanham had his longest outing of the season with 7.0 IP; The Bears’ ace also recorded his most pitches in a single game with 99.

Head Coach Chris Ramirez had an aggressive base-running strategy that paid off more than it failed, stealing three bases compared to the two times they were caught running.

This game was full of extra-base hits, with each side recording three hits that were accredited for multiple bases. The Yellow Jackets had one home run and two doubles, while the Bears had three doubles.

Three Bears recorded multiple hits with Bryce Stober getting aboard with three base hits; Cole Laskowski and Cole Stanford each tallied two hits.

Even though Scott Meitzler was not eligible for the save, the Bears relief pitcher recorded five strikeouts in his two innings on the mound to put away the Yellow Jackets.

This matchup was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

The 10 runs that the Bears scored in the seventh inning was the most that LR has scored in a single inning since against Coker on April 2, 2016.

In that seventh inning alone, the Bears brought 13 batters up to the plate; Eight of those at-bats ended with base hits.

With Parker Kanupp getting the winning decision, the bullpen is now 6-0 in decisions this year.

Although the final score added up to 17 total runs, there were many chances for much more scoring, with each team stranding nine runners on the base paths.

McPeak hit his fourth home run of the season; each home run has come at some point during a doubleheader.

The Bears struck out 15 Yellow Jackets batters in the contest; that is the most in a single game since the season opener vs. Belmont Abbey on Feb. 1.

Braden Houston once again closed the door on another opponent with his third save of the season; that is two more than any other pitcher on the Bears with three different pitchers tied with one save each.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team will wrap up its series against Cedarville at 1 p.m. at Durham Field