LU baseball downs Bobcats 14-5 in Game 1 of series

Lander's Will Jones improved his pitching record to 5-2 Friday night as the Bearcats defeated Georgia College. (Photo by Bob Stoner)
Lander's Will Jones improved his pitching record to 5-2 Friday night as the Bearcats defeated Georgia College. (Photo by Bob Stoner)

GREENWOOD – Weston Lawing and Colby Lusignan each homered and had four and three RBI respectively, while Will Jones struck out nine to lead the Lander baseball team to a 14-5 Peach Belt Conference victory over Georgia College Friday night in the first game of their series at Dolny Stadium.

Lander improved to 21-21 overall and 10-15 in the PBC, while GC dropped to 21-15, 9-16. The two teams will meet in Game 2 of the series at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the third game set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Jones, who at one point retired 10 straight Bobcat batters, improved to 5-2 after walking one and allowing two earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

Georgia College's Charlie Hecht (3-1) was the losing pitcher with two strikeouts, three walks and four earned runs on six hits in four innings.

Jake Sandlin gave GCSU a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning with a leadoff homer over the right centerfield wall.

Thomas Berry put the Bearcats on top 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single that plated Lawing and Colby Painter.

The Bearcats loaded the bases in the third and came away with a 3-1 lead after Zach Giczewski advanced home on Alex Conaway's groundout.

Lawing, who since suffering a shoulder injury and missed 11 games has gone from left field to designated hitter and started Friday at center field, then put the Bearcats up 5-1 in the fifth when he drilled a two-run homer over the left field fence and was followed by Conaway's RBI double that plated Painter.

The Bearcats kept the momentum going in the fifth and increased the lead to 10-1 on Taylor Kellner's two-run single that scored Chris Hyatt and Lusignan, and Lawing's two-RBI double that sent Giczewski and Kellner home.

Georgia College got back on the scoreboard in the sixth on Logan Mattix's RBI single that scored Clay Ardesser to trim the margin to 10-2.

But the Bearcats came right back with Lusignan's two-run shot to right centerfield to make it 12-2.

Georgia College tacked on another run in the seventh after Brandon Purcell tripled and went home on Tanner Giesel's RBI single, but Lander retaliated to make it 14-3 on RBI doubles by Painter and Lusignan in the bottom of the inning.

The Bobcats answered with two more runs in the eighth when Dylan Cook went home on Mattix's sacrifice fly and Purcell scored on a fielding error.

For Lander, Lusignan batted 3-for-4, while Lawing, Painter, Berry, Hyatt and Kellner had two hits each.

For Georgia CollegeSandlin, Ardeeser, Cook and Mattix had two hits each.