Lander baseball downs Erskine in regular-season finale

Lander third baseman Ryan Troutman prepares to make a throw during the Bearcats' 6-3 win over Erskine. (Photo by Dylan Seely)
Lander third baseman Ryan Troutman prepares to make a throw during the Bearcats' 6-3 win over Erskine. (Photo by Dylan Seely)

GREENWOOD - The nationally ranked Lander baseball team ended the regular-season by defeating arch-rival Erskine College for the 12th straight time Wednesday night when the Bearcats claimed a 6-3 non-conference victory at Dolny Stadium.

Lander, which is 36-12 overall, is ranked No. 9 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and No. 11 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The victory stretched their series lead to 28-14. Erskine drops to 37-16.

The Bearcats, the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region, will next play in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, May 11-14, at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

Will Jones (7-2) earned the victory on the mound for Lander after striking out six, walking two and allowing one earned run on six hits in eight innings of work. Brandon White was awarded his 10th save of the season with one strikeout in one inning.

The Flying Fleet's Alex Calvert (8-3) took the loss after striking out six, walking three and allowing three runs (none earned) on three hits in three innings pitched.

With bases loaded and two outs in the first inning, Lander took a 2-0 lead after Zach Daly advanced home on catcher's interference and Alex Conaway followed on a bases loaded walk.

The Bearcats stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third when Mason Dodd's RBI single to centerfield drove in Thomas Berry.

The Fleet cut the margin to 3-2 after Tanner Lollis scored on a Bearcat throwing error in the fifth and Henry Faunce went home on a Lander fielding miscue in the sixth.

Colby Lusignan's three-run homer in the sixth extended Lander's advantage to 6-2. It was his 11th homer of the season.

Erskine made it 6-3 in the eighth when Faunce advanced home from third via a Lander double play.

For Lander, Daly Lusignan and Dodd had two hits apiece.

Erskine's Sam Cothran batted 3-for-4.