For the first time since 2001 and only the second time in the 92-year history of the program, Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball is going to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears received the No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region as announced by the NCAA on Sunday night, and will face off against No. 5 seed UNC Pembroke at North Greenville.
The Bears won the SAC Tournament for the first time since 2001 by beating No. 1 Wingate twice, and received an automatic bid to this year’s tournament. This is the third NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach for LR’s Chris Ramirez, who takes his second program to the NCAA Tournament after taking Illinois-Springfield twice.
The 2022 LR Baseball team has rewritten the record books. LR’s 44 wins is by far the most in program history, shattering the previous record of 35 set back in 2007. The Bears also set the South Atlantic Conference single-season record for strikeouts with 611 and counting. LR has also won seven games this year against ranked opponents.
This will be the first meeting between Lenoir-Rhyne and UNC Pembroke since 2017. Pembroke owns a 5-1 all-time record in the series, but the Bears’ lone win was in the last matchup back on April 26, 2017. The Bears also own a 1-2 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears and Braves will meet on Thursday, May 19 at 12 p.m. at North Greenville, with the winner taking on the No. 1 seed Crusaders. The tournament is double elimination, and the 7-team Southeast Regional is split into two sites, with No. 2 seed Wingate being selected as the other host. The winners of the two sites will meet in the Super Regional hosted by the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the Super Regional advances to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.