Baseball wins rubber match against North Georgia, 11-6

Baseball wins rubber match against North Georgia, 11-6

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The No. 8 Lander baseball team claimed its third Peach Belt Conference series of the season Sunday when it defeated North Georgia, 11-6, in the third and final game of their series at Bob Stein Stadium. Lander split with the Nighthawks on Saturday, dropping the first game, 6-4, and winning the second, 5-3.

The Bearcats improve to 16-2 overall and 7-2 in the PBC, while North Georgia falls to 9-6, 1-2.

Mason McCullough (2-0) earned the win for Lander, striking out six, walking three and allowing one earned run on one hit.

North Georgia's Chip Fleming (0-1) suffered the loss with one strikeout, three walks and four earned runs on five hits in two innings.

Lander took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Thomas Berry and Weston Lawing that plated Patrick Grady and Connor Lewis.

The Bearcats extended the lead to 4-0 in the third on a Graham Ramos singled that scored Berry, and Chris Hyatt's sacrifice fly that sent Lawing across the plate.

The Nighthawks cut the margin to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning when Tremayne Toorie scored on a Lander error.

The Bearcats made it 6-1 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Lawing that scored Erik Lunde, and Ramos' RBI single that plated Lewis.

Lewis then drove in Lunde in the fifth to give Lander a 7-1 lead. Connor led a three-run, eighth inning with his solo home run, which was followed by Lawing and Berry going home on a North Georgia error.

North Georgia erupted for five runs in the eighth to cut the margin to 10-6. Toorie had a three-run homer, while Joey Cecere and Andrew Gordon had RBI singles.

Lander finalized its scoring in the ninth on Berry's RBI single that scored Lunde.

For Lander, Hyatt went 3-for-4, while Lewis, Berry, Lawing and Ramos had two hits each.

For North Georgia, Toorie, Naraine and Ryan Raper had two hits each.