YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Lander baseball team fell behind 6-0 in the second inning and could not climb back from the early deficit as the Bearcats lost the second game of their weekend series to Young Harris, 10-3, on Saturday afternoon.
Young Harris (5-4, 2-0 PBC) pounded out 14 hits to clinch the first-ever series win for the Mountain Lions over Lander. The Bearcats (3-5, 0-2 PBC) dropped their conference-opening series for the first time since 2015.
Mat Szabo (1-1) earned the win for Young Harris, striking out eight and allowing two runs on five hits with one walk in 5.0 innings. Lander's JD Cook (1-2) took the loss after allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
A three-run home run from Bailey Campbell highlighted a four-run first inning for Young Harris and the Mountain Lions stretched the lead to 6-0 in the second inning.
Lander plated its first run of the weekend in the third inning as Vincent Addona doubled and came around to score on a wild pitch. Addona scored again in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout from Mike Fitschen, but Young Harris answered with a run on a wild pitch from Cook in the bottom of the inning.
Cory Ewald's three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth put the Mountain Lions up 10-2. Lander capped the scoring in the seventh as Addona tripled and came home on a groundout from Alex Conaway.
Addona batted 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Fitschen finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate.
Lander and Young Harris wrap up the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.