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Blake Bean led the team in hits in 2023 and was named the only preseason All-American from the South Atlantic Conference.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bean Named to Preseason All-American Third Team

With the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team getting its season under way in a couple of days, outfielder Blake Bean was named as a 2024 NCAA Division II Preseason All-American Third Team member. by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The graduate student led the Bears with 73 hits and 61 runs in the 2023 season. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native also recorded a 1.179 OPS, which was the best amongst qualified batters.

Bean’s first season with LR also saw him finish second with 17 home runs and 54 runs batted in. The primary left fielder was also one of the three LR players to compete in all 54 games.

The Kalamazoo College transfer was the lone member from the South Atlantic Conference to be listed on the top three teams.