Baseball leaps five spots to No. 8 in national poll

Third baseman Colby Painter throws to first against North Greenville earlier this season. (File photo by Shawn Knox)
Third baseman Colby Painter throws to first against North Greenville earlier this season. (File photo by Shawn Knox)

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team leaped five places to No. 8 this week in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national poll released today (Feb. 26).

Lander, which is 14-1 overall and riding a six-game winning streak, opened the week with a 14-1 non-conference win at Claflin College. The Bearcats then swept Young Harris College in a three-game Peach Belt Conference series on the road. Lander defeated the Mountain Lions, 7-3, 9-6, 12-2.

On Monday night, Lander routed Newberry College, 13-1, in a non-conference home game at Dolny Stadium.

The Bearcats have outscored their opponents, 149-57, which is an average of 9.93 runs per game, compared to the opponents' 3.8.

Tampa (11-1) is the top ranked team with 300 points and is followed by: 2. Minnesota State (5-1) 276, 3. USC Aiken (10-2) and California Baptist (14-0) 257, 5. St. Mary's (11-3) 242, 6. Grand Valley State (2-1), 233, 7. West Florida (10-2) 217, 8. Lander (14-1) 208, 9. Franklin Pierce (4-1) 197, and 10. Southern Arkansas (11-3) 175.

The second 10 are: 11. Cal Poly-Pomona (12-2) 170, 12. Shippensburg (3-1) 167, 13. Florida Tech (12-1) 166, 14. UNC Pembroke (10-3) and Colorado Mesa (5-2) 132, 16. Mount Olive (10-4) 91, 17. Arkansas Tech (11-3) 83, 18. Wilmington (3-0) 81, 19. Millersville (6-2) 80, and 20. Angelo State (10-2) 78.