No. 2 Lander baseball splits with Georgia Southwestern

No. 2 Lander baseball splits with Georgia Southwestern

AMERICUS, Ga. – The No. 2-ranked Lander baseball team saw its nine-game win streak come to an end in the first game and the Bearcats split the Peach Belt Conference doubleheader against Georgia Southwestern in the second when Connor Lewis hit his school-record 13th home run. Lander won the second game, 16-3, after losing the opener 3-2.

The two teams will finish the series with a single game beginning at 2 p.m., Monday.

In the first game, GSW's Matthew Suggs earned the complete-game victory after striking out seven, walking two and allowing two earned runs on eight hits in nine innings.

Lander's Dylan Wolchik (6-1) suffered his first loss of the year when he struck out six, walked one and allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings.

Lander wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when the Bearcats took a 2-0 first-inning lead on Lewis' RBI single that plated Erik Lunde and Weston Lawing's sacrifice fly that scored Lewis.

The Hurricanes rallied to take a 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Stephen Eldridge belted a two-RBI single down the left field line and Jarrod Taylor drove in Eldridge.

Lewis and Graham Ramos had two hits each for the Bearcats.

Taylor had three hits for the Hurricanes, while Evan Alderman added two.

In the second game, Taylor Alvarez (7-1) earned the win after striking out six, walking four and allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings.

GSW's Zac Wittmus (0-7) suffered the loss, striking out two, walking two and allowing three earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings.

The Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 advantage when Thomas Berry's sacrifice fly scored Patrick Grady. Lander improves to 28-4 overall and 16-4 in the PBC, while GSW moves to 8-20, 4-13.

The Bearcats stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third when Lewis scored on a Ramos RBI single and Lawing crossed the plate on Colby Painter's sacrifice fly.

The Hurricanes trimmed it to 3-2 in the fourth on Devyn Newberry's two-RBI single.

Lander retaliated in the fifth when the Bearcats took a 6-2 advantage after Lunde's double drove in Thomas Bess and Austin Dunn, and Grady's RBI double plated Lunde.

Corey Benson's RBI single for GSW cut the Lander margin to 6-3 in the fifth.

The Bearcats tacked on two more runs in the sixth on RBI doubles by Painter and Dunn that scored Lawing and Painter respectively, then made it 13-3 in the seventh on a two-run homer by Lewis, a solo shot by Lunde, Painter's RBI single and Dunn's sacrifice fly.

Lander concluded its scoring with one run in the eighth on Ramos' sacrifice fly and two runs in the ninth on RBI doubles by Aaron Poole and Lewis.

For the Bearcats, Lewis and Dunn had four hits each, while Lunde, Grady, Lawing and Bess had three hits apiece. Ramos and Painter each had two hits.

For the Hurricanes, Benson had two hits.