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Sal Carricato
Sal Carricato earned first team all-region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and moves to the All-American ballot.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Wins Twice Over Virginia-Wise

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team finished a three-game weekend sweep of UVA Wise in dominating fashion on Sunday afternoon. The Bears slugged four home runs in a game one win and used a six-run second inning to cruise to a game two victory. With the sweep, LR pulls into a second-place tie with Catawba.

In game one, fresh off the SAC Pitcher of the Week award last week, Andrew Patrick dominated for the second straight weekend. Patrick cruised through six shutout innings and allowed just two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Chipper Mcginnis, Cole Bramhall and Luke Elmore each fired scoreless innings to complete the third shutout of the season. The pitchers didn’t need much offensive help in this one but got it anyway as LR pounded out 17 hits, 16 runs and four more home runs.

The top three batters in the order (Blake Bean, Cole Laskowski and Sal Carricato) went 7-for-12 with seven runs scored and a pair of walks. Tyler McPeak drove in five runs and hit one of the four LR bombs on the day. Bean, Carricato and Bryce Stober all went deep.

For Stober, it was his first HR of the season and first of his career. LR got two-hit games from Wade Cuda, Stober and Zach Evans from the bottom of the order and Laskowski knocked a pair of doubles.

Patrick moved to 4-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.64 on the season.

In game two, Jackson Reid improved to 6-0 with five strong innings. Reid struck out nine, walked none and allowed just one run on three hits.

LR scored the first seven runs in the game, including six in the second inning. Ethan Smith opened the scoring with an RBI single on a 3-1 pitch and Bean drove Smith in with another base hit. Carricato added a sacrifice fly and Evans drove in a pair with a base hit. Mason Maxwell closed the scoring with an RBI single up the middle.

After Wise’s first run of the game, LR answered with a 4-spot in the sixth inning. Cuda and Stober each doubled home a pair of runs to make it 11-1. Cuda finished 3-for-3 in the game with two runs and two RBI along with a walk.

Nine different LR hitters recorded a hit in the seven-inning contest.

McPeak’s five RBI in game one were a season high. Stober went 410 career at bats before socking his first career home run in the opener.

LR reached double digits in scoring in all three games against Wise this weekend. The Bears are outscoring league opponents 160-74 in their 15 SAC games on the year.

Reid leads the team with his six wins and is tied for the third-most in the conference.

The Bears are 29-8 overall, 12-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team will return to action on Tuesday when they host No. 1 North Greenville at 6 p.m.