Baseball routs North Georgia in doubleheader sweep

Jordan Owens races home against North Georgia.
Jordan Owens races home against North Georgia.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Jordan Owens struck for two home runs in the first game and Kevin Childs blasted a first-inning grand slam in the second to lead the Lander baseball team to a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep against North Georgia Sunday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium. Lander won the first game, 10-5, and the second, 17-0.

Lander improves to 33-16 overall and 17-12 in the PBC. The Bearcats tied a school-record for wins in a season with the 1999, 2001 and 2004 teams. North Georgia drops to 23-25, 13-15. The two teams will complete the three-game series with a 1 o'clock single game on Monday.

The 17-run win in the second game is the highest win margin and the most runs scored in a game for the Bearcats this season.

In the first game, Lander's Todd Hughson (3-3) earned the win after striking out three, walking five and allowing five earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

North Georgia's Jacob Beauchamp (5-2) suffered the loss, striking out four, walking four and allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings.

Lander took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on RBI doubles by Colby Painter and Aaron Poole, followed by Poole scoring on a wild pitch.

North Georgia cut the margin to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning after Terrell Jones scored on Tremayne Toorie's RBI groundout.

The Bearcats stretched the margin to 4-1 in the third on Owens' leadoff homer, his seventh roundtripper of the year, to left centerfield.

Owens came right back the next inning and stroked a three-run shot over the right centerfield wall to put Lander up 7-1.

With bases loaded in the sixth, Jeff May's second double of the game drove in Weston Lawing, Kevin Starr and Owens to give Lander a 10-1 advantage.

The Saints rallied for four runs in the sixth to trim the lead to 10-5 on Toorie's bases-loaded walk, Eason Spivey's RBI groundout and Dustin Carpenter's RBI single that drove in Toorie and Andrew Gordon.

For Lander, May batted 4-for-5, Owens 3-for-5 and Painter 2-for-5.

For North Georgia, Hooper went 3-for-5 and Black 2-for-5.

In the second game, Chris Thomas (7-2) was awarded the two-hit, complete-game shutout victory after striking out 10 and walking two.

North Georgia's Blake Hobby (8-3) suffered the loss, striking out two, walking one and allowing nine earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings pitched.

Lander wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. With bases loaded -- AJ Nunziato tripled, Patrick Grady was hit by a pitch and Owens walked -- Childs blasted a grand slam home run to right centerfield for a 4-0, first-inning lead.

The Bearcats made it 6-0 with solo home runs by Painter in the second and Owens -- his third of the day -- in the third. The scoring barrage continued with three runs in the fourth when Nunziato drove in Poole, and Ian Harvey and Childs scored on bases-loaded walks.

Lander made it 13-0 in the fifth on Poole's solo shot to left field and Grady's three-run homer to center. The Bearcats upped it to 15-0 in the seventh when Starr drove in Nunziato and Owens went home on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

The Bearcats scored their final two runs in the last two innings when Owens' RBI double plated Nunziato in the eighth and Poole went home in the ninth on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

For Lander, Nunziato batted 5-for-6, while Owens, Painter 4-for-5, Starr and Childs 2-for-4, and Poole, 2-for-5.