Boraski pitches no-hitter as Lander sweeps Young Harris

In today's second game, Kyle Boraski tossed the third no-hitter in Lander baseball history. (File Photo by Dylan Seely)
In today's second game, Kyle Boraski tossed the third no-hitter in Lander baseball history. (File Photo by Dylan Seely)

GREENWOOD – Lander pitcher Kyle Boraski took an ice water bath in 40-degree weather Saturday and it was well worth it.

Boraski pitched the third no-hitter in Lander baseball program history, blanking Young Harris College in Game 2 of a Peach Belt Conference double-header 10-0 to help complete a sweep at Dolny Stadium. The Bearcats also won Saturday's opener, 13-2.

Lander, which lost the opener Friday, won the series and improved to 8-8 overall, 3-6 in the Peach Belt.

Young Harris fell to 6-10, 3-6.

With two outs in the ninth, Mountain Lions shortstop Zach Odom hit a comebacker to Boraski, who ran almost all the way to first and flipped the ball to Colby Lusignan to complete the no-hitter.

David Wilson (April 2003 vs. North Greenville) and Todd Hughson (February 2012 vs. Limestone) are the only other Lander pitchers to throw no-hitters.

Boraski (2-1) has not allowed an earned run in four starts this season. The junior right-hander walked two, and one batter (Nick Sexton) reached on an error by the second baseman in the fourth. Sexton was retired on a double play as Boraski faced 29 batters, two over the minimum.

Boraski struck out eight and retired 17 hitters on ground balls with one being a double play, and had only one ball hit in the air, a pop up to shortstop.

Lusignan had six RBI on the day while Chris Hyatt added five as the Bearcats outscored Young Harris 23-2 in the double-header.

The Bearcats staked Boraski to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of Game 2. Weston Lawing hit a leadoff single, extending his hitting streak to 17 games (including the final game of 2014), and scored on Aaron Poole's triple into the right-field corner. Alex Conaway walked, and Lusignan lined a two-run double into the gap in left center.

Lander blew the game open with six runs in the sixth, making it 9-0. John Mangum started the rally with a double and moved to third when Will Jones reached on an error. Mangum broke for home on a throw down to second as the runners completed a double steal. Lawing, Thomas Berry and Conaway hit RBI singles, and Hyatt capped the rally with a two-run single.

The Bearcats increased their lead to 10-0 in the seventh when Jones singled, stopped at second when Matt White was hit by a pitch, and scored the final run of the day on a single by Poole.

Boraski did the rest, taking the no-hitter into the ninth, retiring leadoff hitter Brent Thomas on a grounder to Poole at third, walking pinch hitter Jamacio Kimble, striking Sexton out looking, and fielding Odom's come-backer with his flip to first setting off a wild celebration.

A few minutes later, the Pitt Community College transfer was doused with a Gatorade bucket full of ice water on a frigid day at Dolny Stadium.

Leading hitters for Lander in Game 2 were Poole, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI; and Lawing, Berry and Conaway with two hits apiece.

The Bearcats also had a big victory in Game 1 behind the pitching of Matt White and 13 hits, which they matched in the second game.

Lander took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1 when Lusignan hit a two-out single, stole second, and scored on Hyatt's single to center.

The Bearcats increased their lead to 2-0 in the third when Poole singled, stole second, moved to third when Conaway was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and scored when Lusignan was also hit by a pitch.

Lander second baseman White saved a run in the top of the fourth when, with a runner on third and two outs, he dove into the hole behind second base, smothered Michael Livingston's hard grounder, and threw him out at first.

The Bearcats took a 3-0 lead in the fifth when Lusignan walked, stole second, and scored when Hyatt reached on an error.

Lander blew the game open with six runs in the seventh, building its lead to 9-0. Lusignan walked with the bases loaded to force home the first run, Hyatt hit a two-run single, White singled home one run, and Lawing smacked a two-run double over the left fielder's head.

Young Harris ended Lander's shutout bid with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the eighth. Spencer Thomas and pinch hitter Logan Bell singled home runs for the team's only runs of the day.

The Bearcats added four runs in the bottom of the eighth, increasing their lead to 13-2. Conaway singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Lusignan's double. Lusignan scored his fourth run of the game on a wild pitch, and two more runs came home when White reached on a three-base error by the right fielder.

White (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Lander, allowing two runs on five hits in 7.2 innings of work, striking out eight and walking four. Bryce Clifton allowed two hits in one-third of an inning of relief, and Jay Robinson pitched a scoreless ninth.

Donald Frew (0-3) took the loss for the Mountain Lions, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits in six innings. Evan Hughes, William Leatherwood and Jesse Bates finished the game on the mound for Young Harris.

Leading hitters for Lander in Game 1 were Lusignan, 2-for-2 with two walks, a hit batsman, two stolen bases, four runs and three RBI; Hyatt, 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI; and Poole, Conaway and White also with two hits apiece.