The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (3-6, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 10-9 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-9, 0-1) in 10 innings Friday night at Bears Field. With the score tied at nine in the top of the 10th inning, Lincoln Memorial's Andre Rodriguez (Las Piedras, Puerto Rico) drove in Scott Miller (Knoxville, Tenn.) on an infield error by L-R that proved to be the
game-winner. The Railsplitters' Gelson Perez (Gurabo, Puerto Rico) drove in three runs and Lincoln Memorial was able to hold on after jumping out to a 7-2 lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Rai Robinson (Kings Mountain, N.C.) hit a three-run home run and finished with five runs batted in despite the loss.
Robinson hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and his three-run round-tripper in the bottom of the seventh inning, his first of the year, cut the lead to 9-8.
Lenoir-Rhyne forced extra innings thanks to a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Stephan Arcieri (Roswell, Ga.) in its half of the eighth inning.
The Railsplitters' Brandon Cowan (Tequesta, Fla.) (1-0) was credited with the win after pitching the final 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Lincoln Memorial's Joseph Horsley (Corryton, Tenn.) added three hits and two runs scored at the plate as well.
For the Bears, sophomore second baseman Mike Gasque (Mebane, N.C.) finished with five hits and two runs scored while senior Blake Edmonson (Newton, N.C.) fell to 0-1 after taking the loss.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend series on Saturday at Bears Field with a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. The doubleheader was moved up 90 minutes due to the threat of rain later in the day.
L-R Swimming Continues Stellar Performance At Conference Meet
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams broke six more school records Friday on the second full day of competition at the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.
In the team standings, the L-R women's squad is in seventh with 126 points while the men's team is in 11th place with 73 points.
Johns Hopkins (567 points) and Wingate (525 points) lead the women's and men's rankings, respectively, with one more day of swimming to go.
Both Lenoir-Rhyne's 200-yard medley relay teams broke school records with times of 1:52.89 (women) and 1:38.18 (men).
Freshman Chelsea Kyle (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished second in the women's 100-yard butterfly in 56.36 seconds, a new Lenoir-Rhyne mark, while freshman Chris Tilque (Charlotte, N.C.) swam a school-record 53.43 seconds in the men's 100-yard backstroke.
L-R senior Lindsay Atkin (Hickory, N.C.) also set a new program mark in the women's 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.27) as did freshman Kyle Hites (Lenoir, N.C.) in the men's 100-yard breaststroke (59.75).
The final day of competition for the 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men's and Women's Swimming Championships takes place on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.