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Jones leads No. 3 Lander baseball to 16-0 rout of Claflin

Lander's Will Jones (second from left) gets congratulated by his teammates after hitting a sixth-inning grand slam against Claflin on Wednesday. (Photo by Dylan Seely)
Lander's Will Jones (second from left) gets congratulated by his teammates after hitting a sixth-inning grand slam against Claflin on Wednesday. (Photo by Dylan Seely)

GREENWOOD – Will Jones stroked a grand slam in the sixth inning and a solo home run in the second, while three other Bearcats added home runs Wednesday afternoon to lead the No. 3-ranked Lander baseball team to a 16-0 non-conference victory over Claflin University at Dolny Stadium.

The Bearcats improve to 5-2 overall, while Claflin drops to 1-6. Lander previously defeated Claflin on Feb. 11, 6-2, in 10 innings in Orangeburg.

Kyle Boraski (1-0) earned his first win of the season after striking out four and allowing just one hit in five innings.

Claflin's Aaron Perry (0-2) suffered the loss, striking out one, walking one and allowing four earned runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

Weston Lawing and Zach Daly smacked back-to-back home runs in the first inning to give the Bearcats an early 4-0 lead. Lawing's homer was a three-run shot over the left field fence.

Lander stretched the lead to 6-0 in the second when Jones stroked a solo shot over the left centerfield fence and Zach Giczewski went home on Lawing's groundout. Then Thomas Berry's three-run homer to right centerfield in the third plated Taylor Kellner and Jones for a 9-0 advantage.

The Bearcats lone run of the fifth inning came when Andrew Reardon, who reached on a single, scored on a Claflin throwing error.

Lander stretched it to 16-0 in the sixth on Chris Hyatt's RBI single to left field that drove in Colby Painter, Kellner's RBI single that scored Lawing, and Jones' grand slam.

For Lander, Kellner batted 3-for-4, while Painter, Hyatt and Jones had two hits each. Jones ended the day 2-for-3 with five RBI.

For Claflin, Sixto Guerrero went 2-for-4 with two triples.