L-R sophomore shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) drove in three runs while the Bears used a six-run second inning to take control early.
The Lions cut the margin to 7-3 but the Bears put the contest away with three runs in each of the sixth and seven innings, respectively. L-R senior outfielder Brandon Walker (Otisville, N.Y.) capped off the seventh frame with a two-run triple.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) added four hits and two runs batted in as the Bears finished with a season-high 20 hits in the win.
On the mound, L-R junior Jeremy Coburn (Louisburg, N.C.) improved to 4-4 on the season after allowing just three runs in seven innings of work to go along with eight strikeouts.
For Mars Hill, Jacob Rand (Waxhaw, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and an RBI while Hunter Boydston (Asheville, N.C.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss.
The two teams will wrap up the league series with a doubleheader at Bears Field on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne will also host Senior Day on Saturday at well.
Wingate Downs Lenoir-Rhyne, 8-1, To Clinch League Title In Women's Tennis
The Wingate Women's Tennis Team (18-4, 11-0) wrapped up its fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship Friday afternoon with an 8-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-14, 1-10).
Despite the loss, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zorica Djuric (Belgrade, SERBIA) won at first singles. Djuric prevailed over Wingate's Ali Evers, 6-0, 6-0.
Lenoir-Rhyne closes out its regular season with a home match with King on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., at Hickory High School.
Wingate remains at home to take on Mount Olive on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis
Wingate 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
April 11, 2014
Wingate Tennis Complex
1. Zorica Djuric (L-R) def. Ali Evers (WU), 6-0, 6-0
2. Caroline Holland (WU) def. Nateesha Hurtt (L-R), 6-2, 6-0
3. Becca Thomas (WU) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R), 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
4. Layla Tanik (WU) def. Lacey Lapp (L-R), 6-1, 6-0
5. Morgan Winston (WU) def. Maggie Brown (L-R), 6-1, 6-1
6. Tiffany Williams (WU) def. Amanda Bryan (L-R), 6-0, 6-0
1. Ali Evers/Becca Thomas (WU) def. Zorica Djuric/Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R), 8-1
2. Tiffany Williams/Sierra Parsons (WU) def. Nateesha Hurtt/Meaghan Liner (L-R), 8-1
3. Caroline Holland/Layla Tanik (WU) def. Lacey Lapp/Maggie Brown (L-R), 8-3
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-14, 1-10 SAC), Wingate (18-4, 11-0 SAC)
Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Falls On The Road To Wingate, 7-2
The Wingate Men's Tennis Team (16-6, 11-0) won its third South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in four years with a 7-2 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-16, 3-8) on Friday afternoon.
In singles play, Lenoir-Rhyne junior John Christian Reid (Claremont, N.C.) beat Wingate's Ryan Forbes by scores of 6-4 and 6-4.
L-R also prevailed at second doubles when senior Kilian Symalla (Wolfsburg, GERMANY) and junior Filip Dobrosavljevic (Cacak, SERBIA) defeated Forbes and Connor Kudrick of the Bulldogs, 8-6.
Lenoir-Rhyne will end the regular season against King on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., at Hickory High School.
Meanwhile, Wingate faces Mount Olive at home on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis
Wingate 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
April 11, 2014
Wingate Tennis Complex
1. Neal Towlson (WU) def. Robin Hochguertel (L-R), 6-0, 6-1
2. Sebastian Hall (WU) def. Hunter Pack (L-R), 6-3, 6-1
3. Filippo Pezzoli (WU) def. Kilian Symalla (L-R), 6-1, 6-2
4. Connor Kudrick (WU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (L-R), 6-1, 6-0
5. John Christian Reid (L-R) def. Ryan Forbes (WU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Josh Eardley (WU) def. Matthew Ledford (L-R), 6-2, 6-4
1. Sebastian Hall/Neal Towlson (WU) def. Robin Hochguertel/Hunter Pack (L-R), 8-6
2. Kilian Symalla/Filip Dobrosavljevic (L-R) def. Ryan Forbes/Connor Kudrick (WU), 8-6
3. Filippo Pezzoli/Tyler Schofer (WU) def. John Christian Reid/Matthew Ledford (L-R), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (6-16, 3-8 SAC), Wingate (16-6, 11-0 SAC)
Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Coburn, L-R Athletics