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BCC sweeps Lenoir in Saturday doubleheader

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Community College baseball team beat Lenoir 8-0 and 4-2 in seven-inning games Saturday at Founders Field.

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In the first game, started Zachary Andrews (5-1) gave up three hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

BCC (14-4) finished with 12 hits, and two of those were home runs by Ryan Brendle and Johnathan Corbett.

BCC scored its first run in the second inning on a wild pitch. Alex Sasser had singled with one out. He went to second on a groundout by Damon Hoggard. Brett Fraley singled to left field, moving Sasser to third, and he scored on a wild pitch to Ryan Hill.

The lead went to 3-0 in the third on a one-out, two-run home run to center field by Brendle. The home run scored Hunter Allen, who had reached on a bunt between first base and the pitcher’s mound.

The lead went to 4-0 in the fifth when Corbett led off the inning with a home run to left field.

The Dolphins ended the game, scheduled for nine innings, with four runs in the seventh. Two of the runs scored on bases-loaded walks. Tony Sanchez drove in the final two runs by hitting a groundball to short. A run scored on the grounder and an error allowed the final run to score.

BCC turned a double play in the sixth, with third baseman Hoggard fielding a grounder to start the inning-ending play.

BCC finished with 12 hits. Brendle, Sasser, Allen and Fraley each had two hits.

In the second game, BCC scored two runs in the first. Michael Deese led off with a single to center and Allen doubled to the center field. With one out, a run scored on a sacrifice fly by Brendle. Bryson Benton singled home the second run.

Lenoir scored its first run on a two-out double in the second and tied the score with one out in the fifth. But relief pitcher Matt Lowry ended the inning by getting a double play from Allen, Ryan Maksim and Benton.

BCC regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Anthony Colantino led off with a single and Hill bunted him to second. Deese then singled to right, driving in the run for the 3-2 lead. After Allen reached on a fielder’s choice, Corbett singled and designated hitter Benton doubled home a run for a 4-2 lead.

Keaton Oaks started and gave up six hits and two runs in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Lowry finished and got the victory, his first, giving up two hits. He walked none and struck out one.

BCC finished with 10 hits. Deese was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Allen was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Brendle was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Colantino was 2-for-2.