Lenoir-Rhyne senior Eric Ryan (Baltimore, Md.) fell to 0-2 on the season despite going the distance as well. Ryan allowed just two unearned runs while scattering five hits with two strikeouts in the losing effort.
L-R sophomore third baseman Josh Murphy (Hudson, N.C.) scored the Bears' lone run in the bottom of the first inning but the Indians answered with a pair in the third frame.
Catawba's Keaton Hawks (Lexington, N.C.) came through with the game-winning RBI single in the inning, plating Blake Houston (Mount Ulla, N.C.), before the contest remained scoreless the rest of the way.
The two teams will meet in a doubleheader to finish off the South Atlantic Conference weekend series on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Eric Ryan, L-R Athletics