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No. 23 UNCP baseball rallies in eighth to defeat Bearcats

No. 23 UNCP baseball rallies in eighth to defeat Bearcats

PEMBROKE, N.C. - The No. 23-ranked UNC Pembroke baseball team rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning and came from behind to defeat Lander, 14-11, Sunday afternoon in the third game of their Peach Belt Conference series at Sammy Cox Field.

The Braves swept the three-game series and improve to 34-10 overall and 18-9 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 21-26, 10-20. The two teams combined for seven home runs on 25 hits.

Jordan DeLoatch (2-0) earned the win on the mound for UNCP after striking out one, walking four and allowing two earned runs on six hits in five innings.

Lander's Brandon White (2-4) suffered the loss in one inning of relief, walking three and allowing five unearned runs on three hits.

The Bearcats took a 4-0 lead in the first on Thomas Berry's three-run home run and John Mangum's bases-loaded walk that sent Matt White home. The Bearcats extended the margin to 6-0 in the third when Alex Conaway smacked a two-run shot to left field.

After the Braves trimmed the score to 6-1 in the bottom of the third on Chad Whitehead's RBI groundout, Lander made it 7-1 in the fourth when White's RBI single plated Colby Lusignan.

But UNCP cut it to 7-3 with one run on Dalton Knight's solo homer in the fourth and Whitehead's RBI single in the fifth.

Both teams added one run each in the sixth -- Lander on a Will Jones homer and the Braves on Beaver's RBI single -- then UNCP cut it to 8-7 in the seventh when Whitehead cleared the left field fence, Collins Cuthrell advanced home on a bases-loaded walk and Beaver drove in Zade Denton.

Then came the Braves' seven-run seventh that put UNCP up 14-8. Billy Vaughn scored on a passed ball, Cuthrell belted a two-run homer, Beaver drove in Ben Schmucker and Denton, and Vaughn's single coupled with an error plated Nick Hayes and Beaver.

The Bearcats closed out the scoring in the ninth after White stroked a three-run, inside the park home run.

For Lander, White batted 3-for-4 with four RBI, Berry 3-for-5 with three RBI, Conaway 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Lugisnan and Jones with two hits apiece.