Baseball reaches .500 with 9-5 win over Trojans

JD Waite had five strikeouts and was awarded the win Tuesday night against Anderson University. (File photo by Bob Stoner)
JD Waite had five strikeouts and was awarded the win Tuesday night against Anderson University. (File photo by Bob Stoner)

ANDERSON – The Lander baseball team used four runs in the second inning and three more in the sixth to propel the Bearcats to a 9-5 non-conference victory over Anderson University Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium.

Lander, which totaled 13 hits, improves to 20-20 overall, while the Trojans had 10 hits and slip to 17-21.

J.D. Waite (2-0) earned the victory for Lander, striking out five, walking two and allowing five earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Cameron Tekker was credited with his second save of the season after striking out two, walking one and allowing two hits in three innings.

Anderson's Matthew Reitz (0-1) took the loss after striking out one, walking one and allowing two earned runs on two hits in 2.2 innings.

The Trojans took a 1-0 first-inning lead on Steven Cooper's RBI double the plated Kyle Bailey, but Lander came back in the second and exploded for four runs on RBI singles by Alex Conaway, John Mangum and Thomas Berry.

Lander stretched it to 5-1 in the third after Mangum's sacrifice fly sent Matt White home.

The Trojans answered with four runs in the fifth to tie it up at 5-5 on back-to-back RBI doubles by JL Newman and Brett Cash, and Travis Smith's two-run homer.

But the Bearcats regained the lead for good at 8-5 in the sixth on Conaway's RBI triple, Colby Painter's sacrifice fly and a wild pitch that sent Reed Gray across the plate. Lander added another run in the eighth when Colby Lusignan reached on a fielding error and Conaway advanced home.

For the Bearcats, Conaway, Lusignan, White and Kellner had two hits each.