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Khi Holiday
Khi Holiday went a combined six-for-ten batting in the doubleheader with four runs scored and four RBI.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Over Wingate

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took both games over the Wingate Bulldogs in the Saturday doubleheader to win its first road conference series of the season.

In the first game of the day, the two sides combined for 26 total runs and 39 total hits. In addition, the Bears had their best home run hitting day of the season with six long shots.

After the Bulldogs tied it in the bottom of the ninth, the game extended to the 11th inning where the Bears produced two RBI hits to win their first extra-inning game of the year, 14-12.

In the second game, the defense took over the headlines as the two teams were scoreless through three innings in a seven-inning contest.

However, the Bears had big frames with a three-run fourth and a four-run seventh to seal the road series victory with the 7-1 result.

In game one,¬†Khi Holiday had an incredible performance at the plate as he led the team with three RBIs and had a share for a team-high four hits. In addition to Holiday’s four-hit game, Tyler McPeak also had four hits for the Bears. It is his second four-hit game of the season. Blake Bean had his first 2-HR game of the season for the Bears. The graduate student a solo home run in the fifth and eighth innings. Out of the 20 hits the Bears collected, 11 of them were extra-base hits. There were four doubles, one triple and six home runs. Tyler Parks got the victory on the mound. The junior struck out five batters in his two innings of work.. Joshua Lanham had his first start on the mound since March 8. The redshirt senior allowed eight hits and five runs in his 4.1 innings pitched. Wingate’s Isaiah Williams-Rhem went 6-for-7 at the plate. The Bulldogs’ lead-off batter had five singles and one double.

In game two, Kellen Gradisar pitched his first career complete game for the Bears. The freshman gave up six hits and only one run in his seven innings pitched. Cole Stanford led the Bears with three RBIs. The redshirt junior had a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Just like in the first game, Holiday led the team with a two-hit performance. Few free passes were given in this contest as each side only had two walks. McPeak had a solo home run in the seventh inning. It is the graduate student’s first home run since March 14 against Saint Michael’s. Bean had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games. That matched a previous season high for the graduate student. Holiday was caught stealing for the first time this season. The junior still leads the team with 12 stolen bases.

Wingate leads the all-time series, 90-52. This marks the first win for LR over Wingate since May 2, 2022. That was the contest that LR won the SAC Tournament Championship. With the series victory on the road, it is the first time since the season-opening series that the Bears have won a weekend set away from Durham Field. Thanks to the two wins and the two Limestone losses, the Bears have a two-game cushion at the No. 8 spot in the conference standings. This is the Bears’ first regular-season series victory over the Bulldogs since 2008. LR swept Wingate in that three-game set in Hickory, N.C.

The Bears improve to 25-18 overall, 12-12 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return home for its final four games at Durham Field. The home stand will begin on Friday, April 19, against the Anderson Trojans at 5 p.m.

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