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Zach Evans
Zach Evans went two-for-four with a double.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Wraps Up Series Against Flagler With Win

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team was able to withstand a late-game effort by Flagler to complete the sweep and win the fourth game of the series, 5-4.

Flagler saved its best offensive inning of the weekend for last by recording three runs in the bottom of the ninth. After the Saints tallied three runs with one out on the board, the Bears turned to Spencer Floyd to seal the outcome.

The junior did just that as he struck out Flagler’s Taylor Clapp with the tying run in scoring position. For Floyd, it’s the first time this season that the Maiden, N.C. native has produced a save.

Despite the game starting two hours after the originally scheduled first pitch time, the Bears offense started out strong by scoring the first five runs of the game.

LR controlled the middle of the game by dialing up three runs in the fourth while adding two in the fifth. Zach Evans, who had a three-hit game in the second contest on Feb. 3, drove in two runs with a double in the fourth and a single in the fifth.

After having his hit streak snapped at 22, Blake Bean went 2-3 in addition to two walks in the series finale. Kyle Murphy, who made his LR debut, pitched four innings as the starter. The Gainesville, Ga. native struck out four batters and allowed only two hits. The Bears used seven different pitchers in Sunday’s contest. That is the most arms that LR has used in a single game this season. One of those pitchers was the game winner, Andy Cook. The graduate student allowed two hits and one earned run in his two innings pitched. The Bears only suffered two strikeouts at the plate. That is the fewest punchouts LR has faced in the young season.

With the weekend sweep, LR now leads the all-time series against Flagler, 4-2. This marks the first time since Feb. 11-13, 2022, that the Bears were able to sweep a single opponent in a four-game series. The last time that occurred was at home against then No. 14 ranked Goldey-Beacom.

This marks the first 4-0 start that the Bears have had in the Chris Ramirez era. The last time the Bears won their first four games of the season was in 2017. In that campaign, the Bears started the year with a 9-0 record.

This will be the last road game the Bears will play until Tuesday, Feb. 27 at North Greenville. That contest will start a nine-game road stretch.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team is 4-0 on the sason and will have its home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 7 against North Greenville at 3 p.m. The Bears look to take down the Crusaders at home for the second-straight season, after knocking them off, 5-3, on April 4, 2023.