HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Lincoln Memorial baseball team extended its winning streak to five games by sweeping both ends of a doubleheader from the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots on Saturday afternoon at Lamar Hennon Field.
For the second game in a row, the Railsplitters (5-3) scored five runs with two outs in the top of the first inning and held off Ohio Valley (0-3) down the stretch to win game one and seal the series with an 8-5 victory.
Lincoln Memorial then piled up 11 hits, scored four runs in the second and tacked on seven more in the fifth to power a dominant 15-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader and the finale of the series.
The Railsplitters, who will not return to Lamar Hennon Field until March 1, head down to the Sunshine State next weekend for a three-game series at Lynn. Game one of that series will be played at 2:30 on Friday.
Game One: Lincoln Memorial 8, Ohio Valley 5
The Railsplitters looked to have nothing going in the bottom of the first inning with a runner on first base and two outs. However, back-to-back walks sparked a rally and put the first run on the board. Brent Richey then singled home two runs, Dalton Dedas ripped an RBI triple into right field and Joe Stucky drove in another with a single to put Lincoln Memorial in front 5-0 after one.
That was all the offense that the Railsplitters would muster over their next five trips to the plate, though, as Ohio Valley fought its way back into the game with second-inning home run from Joseph Warman and a pair of RBI hits from Daniel Quinn and Bryen Kimbrough in the fifth, which cut the lead to 5-3.
After recording just two hits total over a five-inning stretch, Lincoln Memorial got it going again in the seventh as Nate Stinson led off by reaching on an error and scored on a Chris Salvey double. Salvey then came around to score on a single back up the middle for Will Reddick.
Salvey drove in another run and extended the Railsplitters' lead to 8-3 with a grounder back to the pitcher, as Alex Allen beat the throw to the plate.
The Fighting Scots sparked a two-out rally of their own in the top of the ninth, stringing together three straight hits, capped by Bryce Strawderman's two-run single, to cut the deficit to 8-5. But Hudson Widrig shut the door on Ohio Valley by inducing a game-ending flyout to right.
Dedas went 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and a walk, while six other players contributed a hit for the Railsplitters. Richey and Salvey drove in two runs apiece, while Stinson, Salvey and Seth Hunt also produced extra-base hits.
Matt Mullenbach struck out 10, allowed four hits and three runs over 4.2 innings of work, but did not factor into the decision. Eli Wright picked up the win and improved to 2-0 on the season after holding the Fighting Scots scoreless over 2.1 innings of relief.
Ohio Valley outhit the Railsplitters 9-8 and was led by two hits apiece for Kimbrough, Warman and Jack Skantze.
Ryan Valentine took the loss despite allowing just one hit and no runs over his final four innings of work. He pitched 5.0 innings total and falls to 0-1 on the season.
Game Two: Lincoln Memorial 15, Ohio Valley 1
The Railsplitters scored in all but one inning, while Joe Bobiak, Patrick Queener and Devin Morris combined to allow just three hits in the nightcap.
Hunt went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, Joe Stucky had a pair of hits with three RBI off the bench, and Tanner Head, Stinson and Allen all drove in two runs apiece.
Bobiak allowed only two hits and one run while striking out seven across five innings of work. The senior lefty did not issue a walk while moving to 1-1 on the season.
An RBI groundout for Quinn put the Fighting Scots on the board in the top of the first, but the Railsplitters rattled off 15 unanswered runs after that to complete the weekend sweep.
Salvey's first-inning single tied the game, while Hunt and Stinson notched run-scoring knocks during the Railsplitters' four-run fourth inning.
Lincoln Memorial didn't even need a hit to push two more runs across in the fourth, as three walks and an error allowed the first run to score, while Hunt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 7-1.
After going scoreless for the only time in the game in the fourth frame, the Railsplitters doubled their lead with a seven-run fifth frame. Hunt and Allen singled in runs in back-to-back at-bats, while a dropped flyball allowed another to cross. Stucky had a two-run single and Head had a two-run double in the inning as well.
Stucky drove in his third run of the game in the sixth, pushing the Railsplitters out to a commanding 15-1 lead with an RBI single.
Five different Ohio Valley pitchers tried to slow down the Railsplitters. Chase Weihl took the loss after giving up five earned runs, four hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings of work.