GREENWOOD – The Young Harris College baseball team took advantage of Lander's 17 stranded base runners Friday in defeating the Bearcats, 5-3, in the first game of their Peach Belt Conference series at Dolny Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader at noon Saturday.
Young Harris improves to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 6-8, 1-6.
The Mountain Lions' Justin Cooper (3-2) earned the win after striking out five, walking four and allowing two earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. Cole Amtmann earned his third save of the season with three strikeouts in two innings.
Lander's Joe Mackey (1-2) suffered the loss, striking out four, walking two and allowing two earned runs in seven hits in 5.1 innings.
The Mountains Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Brett Westmoreland's two-run homer over the left field fence, then stretched their advantage to 5-0 in the third on an RBI single by Blake Suggs and Troy Kizer's two-RBI double.
Will Jones stroked a solo homer for the Bearcats in the fifth inning to trim the deficit to 5-3.
For Lander, Weston Lawing and Berry both batted 2-for-4.
Young Harris' Nick Sexton went 2-for-5.