Anthony Porrino hit a grand slam, Drew Yniesta had three hits, Hogan Stallings hit a three-run homer and Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball won its 9th straight game 12-5 over USC Aiken on Tuesday afternoon. The Bears tie the program record with its 35th win, breaking a record that’s stood since 2007.
Yniesta got things rolling with an RBI triple in the 3rd scoring, Erick Ramirez. Nick Clarno then followed that up with an RBI single to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Aiken got a run in the bottom of the 3rd, and then Porrino mashed a grand slam in the 5th, his 8th homer of the year and team-leading 51st RBI.
Ramirez scored on a fielding error by Aiken in the 6th to make it 7-3, and then Porrino added another RBI after that to make it 8-3. Porrino wasn’t finished yet, doubling in Clarno in the 8th. At that point, the game was 9-4.
Stallings hit his 2nd homer of the month in a pinch hit role in the 9th to round out the scoring at 12-5. Braden Houston got the win, pitching a scoreless 5th inning to improve to 3-0 this year.
Joey Cobb started and pitched four innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs. Houston, Michael Allen and Jackson Reid all had scoreless outings out of the pen for the Bears.
LR’s .833 winning percentage is the best in program history. 35 wins tied the program record. Porrino’s 51 RBIs is 2nd in the SAC. This was the third time this year a Bear had 6+ RBIs in a game.
Yniesta has driven in at least one run in six straight games. The LR bullpen improves to 11-2 this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 35-7 on the season. The Bears jump back into conference play with a trip to Carson-Newman. 2 p.m. first pitch on Friday.