The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (13-28) took control early with a seven-run first inning en route to a 13-6 victory over Winston-Salem State (27-14) Wednesday evening at Bears Field.


The first inning for the Bears was capped off by a bases-clearing triple from junior designated hitter Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.).


The Rams closed to gap to 7-6 but the Bears put the contest away with a four-run fourth inning which included two-run singles from freshman first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) and junior catcher Read Brown (Indian Trail, N.C.).


Newcomer added three hits and three runs batted in on the night as Lenoir-Rhyne pounded out 17 hits in winning their second straight game and avenging an earlier loss to Winston-Salem State.


On the mound, freshman John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (1-5) earned his first victory on the year for the Bears after pitching over three innings of scoreless innings in relief while striking out six batters.


For Winston-Salem State, Connor Andrus (Winston-Salem, N.C.) drove in a pair of runs while Jordan Carlton (Wilkesboro, N.C.) fell to 4-2 after taking the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Mars Hill at home beginning at 6:00 p.m. Winston-Salem State hosts Lincoln (Pa.) in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.



No.3 Limestone Women's Lacrosse Downs Lenoir-Rhyne, 21-6



The Limestone Women's Lacrosse Team (12-0), ranked third in the nation, remained unbeaten on the season with a 21-6 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-7) Wednesday afternoon at Saints Field.


The Saints' Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) and Taylor Cline (Hagerstown, Md.) both scored four goals in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the team's leading scorer, finished with a pair of goals and two assists despite the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne stayed within striking distance at 7-4 on a goal by junior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) with 13:24 remaining in the first half but Limestone took over by scoring the next six goals en route to a 13-5 halftime advantage.


Limestone's Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, CANADA) added a match-high six assists to go along with two goals as the Saints held the advantage in both shots taken (41-18) and ground balls (37-31) on the day.


In goal, Limestone's Sydney Teeter (Auburn, N.Y.) earned the win after stopping five shots while L-R senior Amanda Cotto (Fort Myers, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making nine saves on the afternoon.


Lenoir-Rhyne faces Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C., while Limestone next faces 10th-ranked Pfeiffer on the road Saturday at noon.


Baxter, Robinson Named Track Athletes Of Week



Lenoir-Rhyne University's Kevin Baxter and Brooke Robinson were named the South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Track Athletes Of The Week, respectively.


Baxter, a sophomore from Columbia, S.C., finished first in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.81 seconds last Saturday at the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C.


The time is the best in the NCAA Division II so far this spring and automatically qualifies Baxter for the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on May 22-24 in Allendale, Mich.


Baxter, who earned a spot in the national finals for the second straight year, ran a school-record 14.02 in the preliminaries.


Robinson, a freshman from Newton, N.C., earned weekly league accolades for the second time this year.


Robinson broke the school record with her first-place finish in the women's 400-meter dash (56.70) last week in the VertKlasse Meeting as well.


Robinson also finished second in the women's 200-meter dash (a school-record 25.57) and was part of two relay teams - 400-meter (49.46) and 1,600-meter (4:14.30) - which established new program marks as well.


Carson-Newman's Cassadine Blassingame and Queens' Shelby Kennard were named the South Atlantic Conference Field Men's and Women's Athletes of the week, respectively.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams next compete in Western Carolina's Beynon Catamount Classic on Friday and Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C.


Photo Courtesy: Kevin Baxter, L-R Athletics