The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (2-5) put an end to its five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over North Greenville (2-1) Friday afternoon at Ashmore Field. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jared Carroll (Bladenboro, N.C.) pitched six scoreless innings while scattering four hits and striking out two batters in improving to 1-1 on the year. L-R broke the scoreless tie in the top
of the third inning with four runs. The Bears scored on three bases-loaded walks and one hit batter.
The game remained 4-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning when North Greenville scored twice to cut the lead in half after David Frazier (Snellville, Ga.) connected on a two-run double. However, the Bears responded in the top of the ninth inning when junior pinch hitter Will Whitty (Springfield, Va.) came through with a two-run double of his own to round out the scoring.
Derek Fulmer (Pelion, S.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Crusaders, who suffered their first defeat of the year.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior outfielder Stephan Arcieri (Roswell, Ga.) and freshman outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) each scored twice to pace the Bears offensively.
The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
Bears Softball Earns Split at Sports Clinic Classic
The ninth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (3-1) splits its first two games Friday at the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic at Cougar Field. L-R defeated Columbus State, 11-6, before falling to Augusta State by a 3-0 score. In game one, sophomore shortstop Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.) tied her own school single-game record with three home runs to lead the Bears to the win.
Both teams were on the offensive early as each squad scored five runs in the first inning. Mizelle led off the game with a home run before senior catcher Sarah Atkins (Newport News, Va.) connected on a grand slam to stake the Bears to a 5-0 lead.
The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the first inning capped off by a three-run home run from Taylor Turner (Savannah, Ga.).
L-R then broke the game open with another five-run inning in the third. Mizelle hit the Bears' second grand slam of the game with two outs in the inning for a 10-5 lead. Mizelle, who also finished with four hits and six runs batted in, led off the fifth inning with her third home run of the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Dawon Millwood (Hixson, Tenn.) improved to 2-0 on the season after being credited with the win while Columbus State's Kelsey Gilliam (Macon, Ga.) fell to 0-1 after suffering the loss.
In game two, the Jaguars' Heather Hughes (Tallahassee, Fla.) silenced the Bears' bats in pitching the seven-hit shutout. Hughes also struck out two batters as Augusta State improved to 2-0 on the year.
The Jaguars opened the scoring in the fourth inning on a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Laura Brown (Martinez, Ga.) and an RBI double from Molly Walton (Morrison, Colo.).
Augusta State rounded out the scoring with a run-scoring single by Kacee Camp (Harlem, Ga.) in the top of the seventh inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Megan Laxton (Taylorsville, N.C.) fell to 1-1 on the year after suffering the loss. Atkins and senior second baseman Carlee Carpenter (Newton, N.C.) each had a pair of hits in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes against West Alabama (11:00 a.m.) and Columbus State (1:00 p.m.) on Saturday in the final day of the tournament.
Photo Courtesy: Jared Carroll, LRU Athletics