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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:10

L-R Baseball Downs King

Vieitez has four hits and five RBI in win Vieitez has four hits and five RBI in win Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-28) picked up a 9-3 victory over King (14-27-1) Tuesday in a non-conference game at Bears Field.

L-R junior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) finished with four hits and five runs batted in as the Bears beat the Tornado for the second time within a week.

Trailing by a 3-0 score, the Bears reeled off the final nine runs including seven in the fifth and sixth innings to take the win.

Vieitez gave the Bears the lead for good with a two-run single in the fifth inning before adding a two-run double in the sixth frame as Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 15 hits on the day.

Sophomore shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) added three hits while senior Austen Gunnels (Hitchcock, Texas) improved to 2-1 on the year after earning the win on the mound.

Gunnels did not allow a run in over six innings of work in addition to five strikeouts as the Bears held the Tornado scoreless after the second inning.

For King, Justin Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning but Mitch Stophel (Bluff City, Tenn.) fell to 2-3 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Winston-Salem State on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

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