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No. 22 baseball bows to Francis Marion in 11 innings

Pinch runner Sage Cornatzer heads home on John Mangum's RBI triple in the ninth to force extra innings. (Photo by Dylan Seely)
Pinch runner Sage Cornatzer heads home on John Mangum's RBI triple in the ninth to force extra innings. (Photo by Dylan Seely)

GREENWOOD - The Francis Marion baseball team rallied for five runs in the 11th inning Friday night to upset No. 22 Lander, 9-5, and take Game 1 of their three-game Peach Belt Conference series at Dolny Stadium.

FMU improves to 18-11 overall and 6-7 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 25-7, 14-5. The two teams will close out the series with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

The Patriots' Brandon Cook (3-2) earned the win with three strikeouts, two walks and one earned run on two hits in two innings of relief.

Lander's Brandon White (2-2) suffered the loss after striking out one, walking two and allowing one earned run on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.

In the 11th inning, JD Crowe's RBI single, coupled with a throwing error, plated Cole Morris and Brooks Kennedy, then Randy Loew drove in Crowe with a single to left field, Loew scored on another Lander throwing error, and Logan Koch had an RBI single.

The Bearcats produced one run in their final at bat on John Mangum's RBI single that sent Matt White across the plate.

Crowe put the Patriots up 2-0 in the first inning when he belted a two-run homer over the left centerfield wall. The Patriots stretched the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on Zach Paquette's RBI groundout that plated Casey Clauss.

Lander trimmed the FMU lead to 3-1 in the fifth after Mason Dodd advanced home on Zach Daly's groundout.

The Patriots picked up another run in the eighth when Loew scored on a balk, but the Bearcats retaliated with Dodd's RBI groundout that scored Mangum in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-2.

Lander forced the extra innings in the ninth after White led off with a solo home run over the left field fence, followed by Mangum's RBI triple that plated pinch-runner Sage Cornatzer.

For the Bearcats, White batted 3-for-5 with one RBI, whle Mangum went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Crowe went 2-for-6 with three RBI for the Patriots, while Morris, Loew, Clauss and Koch also had two hits apiece.