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Columbus State holds off Bearcats in Game 1

Lander third baseman Colby Painter makes the throw to first in Friday's PBC contest against Columbus State. (Photo by Bob Stoner)
Lander third baseman Colby Painter makes the throw to first in Friday's PBC contest against Columbus State. (Photo by Bob Stoner)

GREENWOOD - The Lander baseball team gave up four home runs Friday night as the Columbus State Cougars claimed Game 1 of the Peach Belt Conference series, 11-6, at Dolny Stadium.

The series will continued Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. CSU improves to 16-9 overall and 5-8 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 12-15, 5-11.

The Cougars' Jake Ezell (3-1) earned the win on the mound after striking out seven, walking two and allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings.

The Bearcats' Brandon White (2-2) was tagged with the loss, striking out seven, walking three and allowing seven earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings.

Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Jackson Oliver's solo homer over the centerfield fence.

Lander retaliated in the second and tied the game at 1-1 on Colby Lusignan's RBI single that plated Chris Hyatt.

The Cougars added two runs in the third on Chris Daniels two-RBI double, then made it 7-1 in the fifth on Daniel's three-run homer over the right field wall and Matt Nettles' solo shot, also to right field.

Blaine Miller's two-run homer to left field in the seventh stretched the Cougar lead to 9-1.

Lander trimmed the lead to 9-3 in the seventh on Lusignan's two-run shot over the centerfield wall that drove in Taylor Kellner. It was Lusignan's third home run of the season.

Nettles then added a two-run double for the Cougars in the eighth to go up 11-3.

With bases loaded in the eighth, Kellner's RBI single plated Thomas Berry to cut the margin to 11-4, then, in the ninth, Colby Painter drove in pinch hitter Reed Gray and Alex Conaway scored on a fielding error to trim it to 11-6.

For Lander, Conaway, Painter, Kellner and Lusignan had two hits each.

Nettles went 3-for-5 to lead the Cougars.