GREENWOOD – Alex Conaway scored eight runs in two games while Nathan Schreckengost hit a grand slam as the Lander Bearcats extended their winning streak to five with a Peach Belt Conference double-header sweep over Young Harris College 14-6 and 13-5 Saturday afternoon at Dolny Stadium.
Lander has matched its longest winning streak of the season and will face the Mountain Lions in the final game of their PBC series Sunday at 1 o'clock at Dolny Stadium. The Bearcats will be seeking their first Peach Belt sweep of the season.
Lander moved above the .500 mark overall, improving to 17-16. The Bearcats are now 10-7 in the Peach Belt.
Young Harris fell to 11-20, 4-10.
Conaway scored five runs in the first game while Schreckengost hit two homers in Game 2, including a grand slam in the eighth.
Young Harris took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Zach Odom tripled and scored on Nick Sexton's ground out to short.
Lander grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, starting with Conaway's game-tying home run to straightaway center field. It was his fourth homer of the season. Carson Jones reached on an error, moved to third on walks to Schreckengost and Bailey Connell, and scored when Mason Dodd walked.
The Bearcats increased their lead to 5-1 in the third on three extra-base hits. Chuck Lawing led off with a triple to right center and scored on Colton Yeager's double past third base. Conaway followed with an RBI double to left, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Schreckengost's sacrifice fly to center.
Lander made it 8-1 in the third when Lawing hit a two-out single, Yeager walked, and Conaway hit a two-run double to left. Jones added an RBI single to left.
Dodd hit his sixth homer of the season, a solo blast to right giving the Bearcats a 9-1 lead in the fourth.
The Mountain Lions pulled within 9-2 in the top of the fifth when Odom was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on Sexton's ground out, and scored on Zach Wall's grounder to third.
Lander added three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 12-2 lead. Conaway walked, Jones reached on an error, Schreckengost hit an RBI single, Reed Gray drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt, and Dodd reached on an error to score the final run of the inning.
The Bearcats added two runs in the sixth. Conaway singled and advanced to second when the center fielder bobbled the ball, and scored on a single to left by Jones. Gray was hit by a pitch and Connell delivered a run-scoring single for a 14-2 lead.
Young Harris pushed across one run in the top of the seventh when Adrik Yacelga walked, moved to second on Wall's singled, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Rudy Gaona's infield single.
Lander had a scoreless inning for the first time in the bottom of the seventh and also the eighth.
The Mountain Lions scored three in the ninth when Sexton singled, stopped at second on Wall's single, and scored on a double by Zach Beggs. Tyler Washington added a two-run single, making the final score 14-6.
Starting pitcher Cameron Tekker (4-0) earned the victory for Lander. He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings, striking out two and walking two. Tripper Ergle collected his first save of the season for the Bearcats, finishing the game with four runs over the final four innings.
Starting pitcher Bryan Syphoe (0-1) took the loss for Young Harris. The visitors used four other pitchers in the game, including infielders Beggs and Wall who made their first career appearances on the mound. Beggs allowed four runs on four hits in two innings while Wall tossed a scoreless inning.
Conaway was Lander's leading hitter in Game 1, going 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and five runs scored. Jones went 2-for-6 with three runs and two RBI; Lawing was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored; Yeager went 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI; and Dodd was 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.
Odom, Wall and Gaona had two hits apiece for the Mountain Lions in Game 1.
Lander took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of Game 2 when Connell singled, stole second and moved to third on the throw, and scored on Ryan Troutman's single to center.
The Bearcats exploded for four more runs on three homers in the third. Conaway drew a one-out walk and Jones blasted a homer to left center. Schreckengost followed with a homer to center and one out later Connell blasted one over the left field fence. It was Schreckengost's team-leading eighth homer of the season, Connell had his seventh and Jones upped his total to six.
Young Harris pulled within 5-2 in the top of the fourth when Luke Miller singled and Beggs hit a two-run homer, his 11th of the season.
Lander got those runs back in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 7-2 advantage. Troutman reached on a two-base error when the Mountain Lions infield dropped a pop up, Lawing ripped a run-scoring double, and Yeager added an RBI single.
Young Harris pulled within 7-3 in the top of the sixth when Miller walked, moved to second as Beggs walked, and scored on Bryan Westmoreland's single.
The Mountain Lions made it 7-4 in the top of the seventh when Odom doubled, moved to third on Washington's ground out, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bearcats extended their lead back to five again by adding two runs in the bottom of the seventh, making it 9-4. Conaway tripled and scored on a single by Jones. Schreckengost singled, Gray was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Troutman was hit by a pitch on the foot to force home a run. Young Harris used four pitchers in the inning.
Lander blew the game open in the eighth when Yeager hit a leadoff double, Conaway and Jones were hit by pitches, and Schreckengost lofted his ninth homer of the season well over the fence in right center.
Gaona doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Washington's sacrifice fly for Young Harris's final run of the day.
Hudson Graham (1-3) took the loss for Young Harris. He was among eight pitchers used by the Mountain Lions in Game 2, including their third pitcher of the day who made his first collegiate mound appearance as Jackson Jones relieved in the eighth.
Schreckengost was Lander's leading hitter in Game 2, going 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI. Connell, Yeager and Jones had two hits apiece, Jones had three runs scored and three RBI, and Conaway scored three runs.
Beggs went 2-for-3 with three RBI for Young Harris.