Baseball suffers double-header loss to No. 20 Nova Southeastern

Baseball suffers double-header loss to No. 20 Nova Southeastern

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team took No. 20-ranked Nova Southeastern into extra innings in Game 2 but lost a double-header to the Sharks 9-4 and then 7-2 in 10 innings on a cool, foggy Saturday afternoon at Dolny Stadium.

The Bearcats were swept in the non-conference series, falling to 8-14.

Nova Southeastern from south Florida improved to 13-6. The Sharks won a rain-shortened game 8-1 Friday afternoon.

Nova Southeastern took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1 on Brandon Chinea's homer. The Sharks added four runs, three unearned, in the top of the fifth to make it 5-0.

Lander put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, pulling within 5-3. Zack Moore hit a leadoff double and scored on Bailey Connell's two-out single to left. Carson Jones followed with a towering two-run homer to left, his third of the season and second of the series. It was his 27th career homer with the Bearcats, two shy of the program record.

Ian Acevedo's RBI single increased Nova Southeastern's lead to 6-3 in the top of the seventh. But the Bearcats cut it to 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Kris Jenkins hit a leadoff double, stole third with two out, and scored on a single by Jones.

Christian Demby and Jarrett Hall had RBI singles in the ninth as the Sharks scored three times to put the game away.

Nathan Campbell (4-1) was the winning pitcher for Nova Southeastern while Brock Minich earned his fourth save. Lander starting pitcher Davis Cunningham (2-3) took the loss.

The Bearcats jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning of Game 2 when Connell walked, moved to third when Colton Yeager reached on an error, and scored when Mike Fitschen grounded into a double play.

The Sharks tied it in the third when Daniel Irisarri drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Duncan Pastore's single.

Nova Southeastern took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Acevedo walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Demby's single.

Lander pulled even in the fifth when Moore hit a leadoff double, stopped at third when Vincent Addona reached on a bunt single to third, and scored on a wild pitch. Josh Gregory also singled, but the Sharks got out of the inning with a strikeout and double play.

Ward Betts and Moore singled to lead off a promising bottom of the seventh for Lander but were left stranded.

But the Sharks also wasted a big opportunity in the top of the eighth after Garrett Wolforth's leadoff double and a walk. Demby grounded into a double play when shortstop Addona fielded the ball, stepped on second and threw to first. Bearcats reliever Praise Thorsen struck out the final batter, stranding a runner at third.

Nova Southeastern won the game with five runs in the top of the 10th. Irisarri drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went on to third on an errant throw by the catcher, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Demby added an RBI double, Chinea hit a run-scoring single, and Samuel Duran stroked an RBI triple and scored the final run of the 10th inning on an errant throw.

J.P. Williams (1-0) was the winning pitcher for the Sharks. Lander reliever Marshall Thompson (0-1) allowed two runs in 1.1 innings to take the loss.

Joseph Whitt had a solid start for the Bearcats in Game 2, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.