MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The nationally ranked Lander baseball team scored five runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, while Thomas Berry belted two of Lander's four home runs Sunday afternoon as the Bearcats defeated Georgia College, 16-2, in the third and final game and claimed the Peach Belt Conference series at John Kurtz Field.
The Bearcats won Friday's first game, 16-1, but lost Saturday's second contest, 12-2. Lander, which improves to 32-10 overall and 19-8 in the PBC, is ranked No. 8 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; No. 13 by D2 Baseball News; and No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Georgia College slips to 21-15, 10-11.
JD Waite (4-2) earned the win on the mound for the Bearcats after striking out four and allowing just one earned run on five hits in six innings.
GC's Trebor Guthrie (2-2) was tagged with the loss, striking out one, walking four and allowing two earned runs on four hits in 2.2 innings. Lander hit the Bobcats pitching staff with 17 hits.
Berry stroked his first home run, a two-run shot to right centerfield, in the first inning for a 2-0 Lander lead. The Bearcats stretched the lead to 7-0 in third when Colby Lusignan drove in Ryan Troutman; John Mangum's sacrifice fly plated Matt White; Taylor Kellner's RBI single scored Lusingnan; and Mason Dodd singled in Kellner and Berry.
In the fourth inning, Lander made it 12-0 on a three-run homer by Berry, an Alex Conaway RBI groundout that scored Mangum; and Dodd's RBI double that sent Kellner home.
The Bobcats scored its lone runs in the fifth and sixth innings respectively on a solo home run by Tanner Giesel, and Brandon Benson's RBI single.
Lander's Kellner batted 4-for-5, while Berry went 3-for-3 with five RBI, Lusignan 3-for-6, and Dodd 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Dylan Cook had two hits for GC.