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LU baseball falls to Young Harris in first game of series

Lander's Will Jones gets congratulated by third base coach Britt Johnson after hitting a home run Friday afternoon. (Photo by Dylan Seely)
Lander's Will Jones gets congratulated by third base coach Britt Johnson after hitting a home run Friday afternoon. (Photo by Dylan Seely)

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.

The Bearcats cut the margin to 5-2 in the third inning on RBI singles by Zach Giczewski and Thomas Berry that plated Matt White and Giczewski.

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.