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Local Roundup: Lenoir-Rhyne baseball falls to Catawba in 13 innings

Local Roundup: Lenoir-Rhyne baseball falls to Catawba in 13 innings

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The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team took eighth-ranked Catawba into extra innings on Friday but suffered a 10-5 defeat in the 13th, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Clayton Jeffries drove in a pair of runs in the eighth to start a five-run rally for the Bears (16-18 overall, 4-9 South Atlantic Conference) and force extras. Matthew Freeman had a team-high three hits, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. He scored once and drove in a run as well.

On the mound, Hunter Martin (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs in four innings of relief work. Starter Alex Shirazi went 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, but didn’t factor into the decision.

Lenoir-Rhyne completed the series against Catawba with a doubleheader on Saturday but results weren’t available by press time.

L-R women’s, men’s track finish first day of meet

The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s track and field team completed the first day of the Montreat Invitational atop the team leaderboard on Friday while the men’s team ranked second in their respective team standings, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

For the Lenoir-Rhyne women, the 4x800 relay team of Kylie Dahlberg, Adie Bjerkness, Paiton Fair and Kendall Toineeta finished in first place with a time of 9:33.96. Autumn Drayton earned a second-place finish in the hammer throw with her mark of 45.07 meters, while Haylea Salamon came in third with a distance of 43.59 meters.

On the men’s side, the 4x800 relay team also secured victory as Josh Adkins, Petar Ivackovic, Chandelor Stamp and Sean Incardona won with a time of 7:50.92. Dawson Sigmon and Ronnie Clifton both placed just outside the top three in the hammer throw with identical marks of 41.80 meters.

The Bears women’s team finished the first day with 28 points, holding a five-point edge over Milligan. The men’s team earned 17 points to be tied with Mars Hill and a point behind Reinhardt for the lead.

The event concluded Saturday but results weren’t available by press time.

L-R alum Saul makes pro debut

Former Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer player Cameron Saul made his professional debut Saturday with the Greenville Triumph of USL League One, according to published reports.

Saul, who graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne last year, started at forward for the Triumph in a season-opening 1-0 loss to South Georgia Tormenta FC. The match was the first for the Triumph in the upstart USL League One.

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