Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball got its second shutout of the week and sixth of the season in a 9-0 road midweek win over Bluefield State on Monday afternoon. Nick Clarno had three hits and two RBIs, Joey Cobb pitched into the 7th inning and earned his fourth win of the season, and seven different Bears drove in at least one run in the win.
Drew Yniesta continued his big week, driving in Cole Laskowski with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Laskowski scored three of the Bears’ nine runs in the game from the leadoff spot.
LR got two big extra base hits in the 4th inning, an RBI triple from Wade Cuda and a two-run home run from David Bell on back-to-back batters. Clarno got the first of two RBI doubles in the 7th inning, again scoring Laskowski.
Anthony Porrino picked up his team-leading 44th RBI on a groundout in the 7th as well. It was 6-0 at that point. Clarno got another RBI double in the 9th, scoring Laskowski once again.
Luis Atiles got an RBI single in the 9th, and Jackson Brown hit a sac fly to round out the scoring for the Bears. Kanan Butler and Jackson Reid finished off the shutout out of the bullpen for the Bears.
Cobb’s ERA is now 1.93 on the season. He is one of five Bear pitchers with at least 10 IP that has an ERA less than two.
This was LR’s sixth shutout of the season. The Bears move to 10-1 when scoring six, seven, eight, or nine runs in a contest this season. The Bears sweep the season series with Bluefield State and move to 15-2 all-time against the Big Blue. This season was the first time the two teams have met since 2008.
Porrino, Atiles and Yniesta lead the Bears in hitting with averages of .376, .375 and .374 respectively. Cuda’s triple was the first of the year for him and the sixth of the season for the Bears.
The Bears are 31-7 on the season. They will take on the Hickory Crawdads in an exhibition game at L.P. Frans Stadium on Wednesday. LR returns to regular season play when they come home for the first time since March 19 for a three-game series with UVA Wise. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.