Bearcat baseball splits with No. 20 Flagler in doubleheader

Lander scored six first-inning runs to down Limestone on Wednesday night (File photo by Joshua S. Kelly)
Lander scored six first-inning runs to down Limestone on Wednesday night (File photo by Joshua S. Kelly)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Alex Conaway drove in three runs to lead Lander to an 8-3 Peach Belt Conference victory over 20th-ranked Flagler College in the second game of a PBC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Flagler won the first game, 10-4.

Lander moves to 9-13 overall and 4-5 in the PBC, while Flagler goes to 17-6, (5-1).

In the first game, Flagler's Dustin Dye (2-2) earned the win after striking out three, walking three and allowing three runs on five hits in six innings pitched.

Lander's Sam Linn (0-4) suffered the loss, striking out six, walking six and allowing five runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.

Flagler took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run from Dylan Jones, but Lander answered in the fourth on an RBI single from Nathan Schreckengost

A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth put Flagler up 2-1 and the Saints pulled away with five runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead. 

The teams traded runs over the final three innings as Lander plated two in the sixth on an RBI single from Reed Gray and a groundout from Mason Dodd that scored Schreckengost. Flagler responded with a solo home run and a sac fly in the bottom of the inning, then pushed the lead to 10-3 in the seventh. 

Schreckengost's solo home run in the eighth ended the scoring. 

For Lander, Schreckengost batted 2-for-3 and Gray finished 2-for-4.

In the second game, Joseph Whitt (2-1) was awarded the win after striking out four and allowing just two hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

Flagler's Michael Maiocco (5-1) took the loss, striking out 10, walking two and allowing six runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings pitched.

Lander jumped out to an early lead in the second inning. With bases loaded after singles from Gray and Conaway and a walk to Gatlin Minick, Ryan Troutman's single was misplayed in left field, allowing all three runs to score.

Flagler rallied to tie the game, but the Bearcats reclaimed the lead in the seventh when Gatlin Minick's fly ball was dropped in right field and the sophomore came all the way home. 

Lander padded the lead in the eighth when Conaway cleared the bases with a triple into the left-centerfield gap. Conaway then scored on a wild pitch to put the Bearcats up 8-3. 

For the Bearcats, Conaway and Alec Dowell batted 2-for-4, while Colton Yeager went 2-for-5.