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Cole Laskowski
Cole Laskowski went three-for-four with an RBI.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Baseball Drops South Atlantic Conference Opener

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team starts off conference play on the wrong foot as the Bears drop their first SAC game of the season to Limestone, 12-6.

The Saints belted four home runs by four different batters to put up a 14-hit display in the program’s first victory at Durham Field since April 4, 2012; a game at which they won by the identical outcome.

Joshua Lanham was handed his first loss of the season for the Bears after allowing seven hits and seven earned runs in his four innings of work.

As the contest went on, LR was able to discover some of its power with a couple of home runs by Zach Evans and Cole Stanford. The two crushed home runs in the fourth and sixth, respectively, to bring the score back within two.

However, Limestone answered right back with a two-run seventh and three-run eighth to complete the wire-to-wire victory and clinch the series opener.

Evans had another multi-RBI day thanks to his two-run home run in the sixth inning. The redshirt junior has three multi-RBI games on the season, however this was the first one in Hickory this season.

Sal Carricato drove in his first two runs of the season today that was not himself. The redshirt junior started off with back-to-back RBI singles in the first and third innings.

Bryce Stober led the Bears by scoring two runs on the day. The senior scored a run in each the third and ninth inning.

In addition to the four home runs, the Saints had three doubles on the contest to bring their extra-base counter up to seven. That is the most the Saints had a single game this season.

There weren’t too many strikeouts in this affair as the Saints were only punched out five times at the plate compared to the Bears’ four.

LR continues to lead the all-time series, 31-19. This meeting marked the 50th all-time meeting between these two programs. While LR and Limestone have met a few times over the years, this is first time the two programs have squared off against each other in a conference game in Hickory, N.C.

This was only the fifth time in its 22 visits that Limestone has won a game at Durham Field. LR holds a 17-5 home record over the Saints.

With the loss, the LR winning streak over Limestone has snapped at six.

The Bears are 7-2 overall, 0-1 in South Atlantic Conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team will continue its series against Limestone with a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17. The first contest is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. The first game will be a nine-inning contest followed by a seven-inning game.