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Bearcat baseball remains No. 2 in national rankings

Lander's Weston Lawing (right) celebrates with Erik Lunde, who scored the winning run in the first game against Armstrong Atlantic on April 26. The win clinched at least a share of the PBC title, which Lander won outright when it defeated Armstrong in the second game of the doubleheader. (File photo by Bob Stoner)
Lander's Weston Lawing (right) celebrates with Erik Lunde, who scored the winning run in the first game against Armstrong Atlantic on April 26. The win clinched at least a share of the PBC title, which Lander won outright when it defeated Armstrong in the second game of the doubleheader. (File photo by Bob Stoner)

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team, which clinched its first ever Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship on April 26 after its series sweep against Armstrong Atlantic, remained No. 2 this week in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's national rankings which were released Monday.

Lander, 43-6 overall, concludes the regular season on Wednesday, May 7, when the Bearcats travel to Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University for a 6 p.m. non-conference game. The contest was a late addition to the schedule.

The Bearcats will be the top seed in the PBC's single-elimination tournament this Saturday and Sunday at USC Aiken's Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Bearcats will face eighth-seeded Francis Marion at 10 a.m. in the tournament's opening contest. The tournament champion earns an automatic berth into NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament, May 15-18, at a yet to be determined site.

At 47-2 overall, Tampa remains the top-ranked team with 480 points. Lander is second with 464 points and is followed by: 3. Minnesota State (40-7) 446, 4. Delta State (38-9) 434, 5. Mount Olive (40-11) 412, 6. Arkansas Tech (42-9) 402, 7. Colorado Mesa (37-10) 370, 8. West Florida (33-10) 368, 9. Chico State (37-11) 366, and 10. Columbus State (36-14) 338.

The next 10 are: 11. St. Cloud State (35-12) and USC Aiken (36-14) 274, 13. Southern Arkansas (35-17) 270, 14. Cal Baptist (36-12) 252, 15. Southern Indiana (39-9) and St. Edward's (36-13) 248, 17. Lynn (34-14) 246, 18. U.C. San Diego (32-14) 236, and 19. Shepherd (37-10) and Cal Poly Pomona (31-13) 198.