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Blake Bean
Blake Bean had three home runs in the doubleheader Saturday and two more home runs in Monday's win against. St, Michael's.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Sweeps Emory & Henry

The Bears completed the weekend sweep of Emory & Henry thanks to three home runs from Blake Bean in the two games and nine bombs as a team in the two games. LR banged out 38 hits in the two games and improve to 6-0 in SAC play. The Bears won game one, 20-5 and game two, 10-4.

In game one, the Bears wasted no time in jumping on the hosts with a pair of bombs in the first inning. Sal Carricato stepped up and crushed a two-run bomb before Wade Cuda hit a 3-run shot. Tyler McPeak drove in the Bears sixth run of the game with a fielder’s choice.

Bean connected on his first bomb of the day in the fourth with a solo shot and Mason Maxwell hit his first of the year, a 2-run shot. With the Bears up 10-4, Bean hit his second long ball of the day to make it 12-4.

The Bears would score six more in the sixth before Alex Rich hit the final bomb of the day, a 2-run shot in the eighth to make it 20-5. Andrew Patrick earned the win and gave up three earned runs in his five innings.

The bullpen didn’t allow an earned run in the final four innings as Andy Cook and Chipper Mcginnis struck out nine to record the 12 outs. Bean, Cole Laskowski, Cole Stanford, McPeak, Maxwell, Cuda, Zach Evans and Bryce Stober all had multiple hits in the win.

In game two, it was more of the same in the finale as LR pounded out 17 hits. Carricato once again started the scoring with an RBI double and McPeak drove him in as the Bears jumped out 2-0.

Bean would smack his third bomb of the day in the top of the second to make it 3-1. Cuda drove in a run in the third and LR scored another unearned run to take a four run advantage. Stanford had a run-scoring single before McPeak’s 2-run bomb to put it out of reach. Carricato added a seventh inning homer for insurance.

Jackson Reid moved to 4-0 with six k’s in five innings with just one earned run allowed.

The LR bullpen fired six innings without allowing an earned run. In those six innings, LR struck out 12 batters. Carricato went 5-for-5 in the second game and became the first LR hitter to record 4+ hits in a game since Braden Collett on March 15, 2022. This was Bean’s second two-homer games of the season.

The Bears are 6-0 in conference play on the season, the only undefeated team in league play. LR is outscoring league opponents 80-33 in those six wins.

The Bears are 20-5 overall, 6-0 SAC. LR returns to action on Monday when they host Saint Michael’s at 4 p.m.