SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Lander baseball team fell below the .500 mark Saturday afternoon when the Bearcats dropped a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader against No. 18 Armstrong State at Pirate Field. Armstrong won the first game, 10-6, then took the second, 2-1.
Armstrong improves to 15-3 overall and 8-2 in the PBC, while Lander slips to 9-10, 3-8. The two teams will close out the PBC series with a single game at 1 p.m., Sunday.
In the first game, Armstrong's Corey Kafka (4-1) earned the win, striking out six, walking one and allowing three earned runs on four hits in 5.1 innings.
Lander's Brandon White (2-1) took the loss after striking out two, walking two and allowing six earned runs on eight hits in three innings.
Armstrong tied it at 1-all in the bottom of the inning on JT Phillips' RBI single, then went up 4-1 in the second on Cody Sherlin's two-RBI triple and a throwing error.
The Pirates added two more runs in the third to make it 6-1 when Will Austin and Ryan Patterson both scored on a throwing error.
Armstrong stretched its lead to 8-1 in the fourth on Zach Lance's two-RBI single.
Lander cut the lead to 8-3 in the sixth on Berry's two-run homer over the right centerfield fence, but the Pirates answered with another run in the bottom of the inning when Matt Wisniewski drove in Phillips.
For Lander, Berry batted 3-for-5, while Poole and Giczewski and had two hits apiece.
In the second game, Armstrong's Pete Nagel (2-0) earned the win, striking out 10, walking four and allowing one earned run on two hits in seven innings.
Lander's Kyle Boraski (2-2) was tagged with the loss after striking out one, walking one and allowing two earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
The Pirates went up 1-0 in the second inning on Will Austin's RBI single, then extended the margin to 2-0 in the third when Phillips drove in Cody Sherlin.
The Bearcats lone score came in the sixth when Weston Lawing advanced home on a wild pitch.