Written by Staff Reports
Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:29
Lenoir-Rhyne (3-10, 1-2) and Lincoln Memorial (4-7, 2-1) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Bears Field. The Railsplitters won the first game by a 9-2 score while the Bears prevailed in the second contest, 3-2. In game one, Lincoln Memorial knocked off
Lenoir-Rhyne, 3-2. The Railsplitters broke open a close contest with a six-run fourth inning en route to the win in game one of the doubleheader.
Trailing 2-1, Lincoln Memorial plated six runs in the top of the fourth highlighted by two-run hits from Kyle Asher (Louisville, Ky.) and Colin Buckner (Harrodsburg, Ky.).
The Railsplitters rounded out the scoring with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Cody Baker (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished with four hits and two runs scored to lead the Railsplitters' 13-hit attack while Lincoln Memorial's Brad Pressley (1-1) picked up the win on the mound. Pressley allowed just two runs in seven innings of work.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Will Whitty (Springfield, Va.) drove in both runs while freshman Travis McQueen (Moseley, Va.) fell to 0-1 with the loss.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Lincoln Memorial 3-2 in seven innings. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the seventh, junior outfielder Rai Robinson (Kings Mountain, N.C.) drove in the game-winning run on a fielder's choice to lift the Bears to win and helped L-R salvage the split.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning capped off by a sacrifice fly from sophomore second baseman Mike Gasque (Mebane, N.C.) for a 2-1 lead before Nick Pressley's (Knoxville, Tenn.) RBI single in the Railsplitters' half of the sixth tied the score at two.
L-R sophomore Ryan Jones (Asheville, N.C.) went the distance in the victory for the Bears. Jones improved to 2-2 on the season after allowing just two runs on five hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Pressley drove in both of Lincoln Memorial's runs while Brandon Cowan (Tequesta, Fla.) fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Photo Courtesy: Ryan Jones, LRU Athletics