No. 3 Lander rallies from 10-2 deficit to top No. 3 GC

No. 3 Lander rallies from 10-2 deficit to top No. 3 GC

GREENWOOD – Weston Lawing's walk-off double in the 10th inning Friday night completed a rally from a 10-2 deficit for a dramatic 11-10 victory over No. 12 Georgia College in the first of their three-game series at Dolny Stadium.

The second game of the series will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the third game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Bearcats improve to 33-6 overall and 19-6 in the PBC, while GC drops to 26-9, 13-6.

Lander's Brandon White (2-2) earned the victory with one walk in one-inning of work.

Georgia College's Jordan Brooks (3-1) suffered the loss with one strikeout, two walks, and one earned run on two hits in 1.1 innings.

Grady led of the 10th inning with a walk, advanced to third on Connor Lewis' single, then scored on Lawing's blast to deep centerfield.

The Bearcats got out of a bases-loaded jam earlier in the 10th when White fielded a line drive and fired the ball to catcher Chris Hyatt, who completed the double play to Lewis at first.

Down by eight runs, Lander exploded for six runs in the fifth to cut the margin to 10-8. Graham Ramos' two-RBI single plated Thomas Berry and Lewis, Lawing scored on Colby Painter's groundout, then Ramos advanced to third on a wild pitch and continued home when Bobcat catcher Steve Hazel couldn't find the ball. Erik Lunde concluded the inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall.

The Bearcats tied the game at 10-all after Lewis scored from second on a throwing error by Brandon Benson in the sixth, then Painter's RBI double down the left field line pushed Berry across the plate.

Lander reliever Kyle Tate got the Bearcats out of jam in the eighth, when, with two on and no outs, he struck out Clay Ardeeser and Daniel Bick, and got Jake Sandlin to fly out to left field.

The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead in the first when Grady drove in Lunde, then later scored on Ramos' sacrifice fly.

Georgia College came back to go ahead 3-2 after Hazel hit a solo home run in the second inning, followed by Ryan Sabalaskey's RBI double and Daniel Bick's RBI groundout in the third.

The Bobcats stretched the lead to 6-2 in the fourth on Benson's three-run homer over the left field fence.

Ardeeser's leadoff homer in the fifth inning gave the Bobcats a 7-2 advantage, then Taylor Hinshaw blasted a three-run shot over the left field wall for a 10-2 lead.

For Lander, Lewis batted 5-for-6, while Berry and Lawing added two hits each.

For GC, Hinshaw tallied three hits, while Ryan Sabalaskey, Ardeeser, Mike McGraw and Benson had two hits apiece.