Baker sets hit record, but Baseball falls 9-5 at LR

HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne avoided a series sweep with a 9-5 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears improve to 19-19 on the year and 5-10 in the SAC, the Indians fall to 31-12 and 12-3 and back into a tie with Tusculum atop the league standings. The Bears jumped ahead in the first inning on a three-run home run by John Verdinek (High Point, NC), taking advantage of a two-our Tribe error. The score remained 3-0 until the Indians tied it with three in the fifth inning behind Matt Baker's (Charlotte, NC) two-run double and Aaron Rimerís (Salisbury, NC) RBI single. Baker had an infield single in the first and his double was his 81st hit of the season to break Chad Hillís record of 80 set in 2001. Catawba would take the lead in the sixth as David Hughes (Apex, NC) connected on a two-run home run to make it 5-3. The home run was the 62nd on the year by the Tribe, which ties the school mark. L-R got out of further trouble as Jimbo Davis (Salisbury, NC) grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Bears took the momentum into their sixth and scored four times to retake the lead. Four consecutive two-out hits and an Indian error gave the Bears a 7-5 lead. Freshman shortstop Taylor MacCurdy's (Charlotte, NC) run-scoring single proved to be the game winner. Lenoir-Rhyne added single runs in the seventh and eight innings to make it a 9-5 final. Freshman Dennis Downey (Waynesville, NC) struck out 11 batters while going the distance and picking up the win. Downey improved to 3-0 on the year, while Zach Snyder (Lexington, NC) suffered the loss for Catawba. Verdinek was two-for-three with three runs scored and three RBI and Matt Wiley (Charlotte, NC) was four-for-five to lead the Bears on offense. For Catawba, Baker and Hughes each had a pair of hits and two RBI and Baker finished the weekend series with 13 runs batted in. ######

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. Queens (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 7 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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