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The Lenoir-Rhyne men's lacrosse team celebrates its seniors on Saturday. The Bears defeated Mars Hill 19-1. Photo courtesy of LRU Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team closed out the home portion of its schedule on Saturday with a dominant 19-1 victory over Mars Hill, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Senior Ryan Bell scored a game-high five goals and added a pair of assists for the Bears (6-7 overall, 3-2 South Atlantic Conference), who improved their winning streak to four games. Anthony Fraga finished with three goals and two assists, while Joe Buduo added a goal and a team-best four assists.

Goalkeeper Noah Johnson earned the win after making eight saves in 45 minutes of game time.

Lenoir-Rhyne ends the regular season on Saturday at Coker.

L-R softball drops doubleheader

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The Bears lost by scores of 5-3 and 6-4, dropping their record this season to 25-15 overall and 8-7 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Talon LaClair finished the first game 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in all three runs for the visitors, who were held to six hits in the contest. Emily Kenley (7-5) picked up the loss in the circle after allowing five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.

The Bears outhit the hosts 10-7 in game two but couldn’t make up a two-run difference in the final innings. Mackensi Swain tripled and had two RBIs and Kylee Leonhardt also drove in two runs, while Savannah Moorefield went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Brandi Parks (17-8) was charged with the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) and seven hits in a complete-game effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne will look to end a three-game losing streak when Wingate visits for a SAC doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 3 p.m.

L-R baseball drops doubleheader

The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team lost both ends of a home doubleheader Saturday against Wingate, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The Bears lost by scores of 3-1 and 4-2, dropping their record this season to 21-23 overall and 7-13 in South Atlantic Conference play.

Grant Fuller went 2-for-4 with the only run in the first game, scoring on a Clayton Jeffries sacrifice fly as the hosts were limited to just four hits. Matthew Freeman and Hunter Jackson each hit a double, while Alex Shirazi (2-5) allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out eight over eight innings but was charged with the loss.

Jackson had two of the Bears’ six hits in game two while driving in one of two runs. Will Jones added an RBI sacrifice fly. Starting pitcher Paul Hall (5-5) allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out five in six innings to be charged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne concludes the series against Wingate on Monday at 3 p.m.

Crawdads postpone Kannapolis finale

The Hickory Crawdads postponed Sunday’s series finale against visiting Kannapolis due to weather, according to a press release from the Crawdads.

The game will be made up May 30 as part of a doubleheader at Kannapolis. Tickets for Sunday’s game can be exchanged for another 2019 home game.

Hickory opens a three-game series against the Asheville Tourists on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

L-R men’s golf in 9th after SAC tourney opener

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s golf team sits in ninth place after the first round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament on Sunday, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The Bears shot a combined 298 over 18 holes at the Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C. Newberry leads the team rankings with a low score of 278.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Dawson Walker is tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard after shooting a 1-under 69. Tyler Hashmi is tied for 24th with a score of 74 after his first round. Newberry’s Harry Bolton leads the field with a 4-under 66.

The tournament continues Monday and finishes Tuesday.

L-R men’s tennis seeded 3rd in SAC tourney

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s tennis team drew the No. 3 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference tournament, according to a press release from the SAC.

The Bears (17-3 overall, 8-2 SAC) will host No. 6 Coker on Monday at 2 p.m. at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinal at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C., against the winner between No. 2 Queens and No. 7 Newberry.

L-R women’s tennis seeded 4th in SAC tourney

The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s tennis team drew the No. 4 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference tournament, according to a press release from the SAC.

The Bears (17-4 overall, 7-3 SAC) will host No. 5 Carson-Newman on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinal at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C., against the winner between No. 1 Tusculum and No. 8 Catawba.

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