E.J. Ranel’s big day helped the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball team sweep host Limestone on Monday. In game one, Ranel went 4-4 with three doubles and three RBIs and connected on his 11th home run of the season to help the Bears came back for a 9-4 win in game two. Ranel’s three doubles in the first game ties a school record for the most doubles in a single game. He becomes the eighth Bear to have at least three doubles in a game and the first to do it since Marcus Shoemaker did it against UNC Pembroke on April 26, 2017.
In game one, Limestone jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first thanks to a Benjamin Huber RBI single and a two-run single by Brian Forbes.
The lead did not last long as the Bears tied it with three runs of their own in the top half. Mike McHugh’s RBI single, a Wade Cuda RBI double and a Bryce Stober safety squeeze tied the game at 3. Stober hit in the lead off position for the first time in his LR career.
The Bears then scored the next nine runs in the contest. LR put up a four-spot in the 5th then a five-spot in the 7th. In the fifth, Ranel’s run scored was his 75th career run. Nick Clarno crushed a two-run home run during the five-run 7th.
Andrew Patrick threw five scoreless innings after the three-run first to earn his sixth win of the season. Patrick allowed five hits and struck out seven in his six-inning outing.
Matt Mackey, Xander Ferlenda, and McHugh joined Ranel with at least two hits.
In game two, Limestone scored single runs in the first and fourth before the Bears got on the board in the 6th. Ranel connected on his 11th home run in the 6th.
Cuda gave the Bears their first lead of the day in the 7th with a two-run, two-out double. The Bears broke the game open in the 8th with six runs including a three-run home run for Ferlenda.
Lanham moved to 6-0 on the year throwing seven innings striking out eight Saints while only allowing one earned run. Kanan Butler put up a zero out of the Bears bullpen for his third straight outing.
Lanham is up to 72 strikeouts on the year, while leads the SAC and is 19 ahead of Anderson’s Joseph Cottone and 20 ahead of teammate Alex Shirazi. Lanham’s six wins are tied for second in the conference and Lanham moved to his ERA to 1.98, which is good for fourth in the conference.
Will Jones is four hits shy of 150 career hits in his career.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 21-13 overall, 18-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return home tomorrow to face Coker in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 1pm.