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Bryce Stober
Hickory High grad Bryce Stober went five-for-five with five singles, three runs scored and an RBI in the Bears win.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Stober’s Perfect Day at the Plate Helps Push Bears to Win Over Lincoln Memorial

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took the first game of the series over Lincoln Memorial, 13-6, to win its fourth-straight game at home.

Bryce Stober collected his 50th career multi-hit game as a Bear which included his first five-hit performance. The senior from Hickory, N.C. knocked five singles on the board which went into the 19-hit display by the Bears.

Joining Stober with multi-hit games included Cole Laskowski, Tyler McPeak and Khi Holiday who all had three hits in the game while Blake Bean and Zach Evans each had two.

Joshua Lanham returned to the winning column by dialing up 120 pitches in his six innings on the mound. The redshirt senior from Augusta, Ga. recorded another eight-strikeout performance to get his third win of the season.

In addition to four consecutive victories, the Bears have now won three-straight conference victories to move into a tie between Lincoln Memorial at a 3-1 league record.

Lanham’s 120-pitch performance is the most the 2024 Preseason All-SAC Second Team member has thrown in a single game this season. The previous high was 97 against Southern Wesleyan on Feb. 9. The LR bullpen combined for three innings of work. Kellen Gradisar, Michael Ribis and Andy Cook struck out five batters and allowed only two hits.

LMU enter Friday’s contest by only being caught stealing on two separate occasions. The Railsplitters were caught stealing two times in the first two innings of the game. The Bears scored three runs in the sixth inning to finalize the 13-6 result. LR has scored 30 runs in sixth innings alone in 2024, which is the most in any frame through the season.

Bean and McPeak each added to their RBI totals as the pair had three RBIs in the contest. McPeak had a two-run home run in the first while Bean had a two-RBI single in the second. LMU continues to lead the all-time series, 30-19.

The Bears have won four-straight games over the Railsplitters. That is one game shy of tying the longest win streak of five which occurred from March 11, 2007 through April 16, 2010. The four-game win streak by the Bears ties the longest win streak of the season. The previous four-game win streak occurred when LR swept Flagler to open the campaign.

With Lanham’s victory, the LR starting pitching department improves to a 9-1 record on the season when being dealt with the decision. With the win, LR is now 3-1 on Friday games. The Bears only loss came to Limestone at home on Feb. 16.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team is 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will conclude its three-game series and 11-game home stand against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Feb. 24, with a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. The first contest will be nine innings while the second game will be seven innings.