Bearcats beat No. 24 Cougars as Cunningham, Thorsen combine for shutout

Bearcats beat No. 24 Cougars as Cunningham, Thorsen combine for shutout

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team got shutout pitching from Davis Cunningham and Praise Thorsen while Roury Glanton hit a three-run homer in a 4-0 Peach Belt Conference victory over No. 24-ranked Columbus State Saturday afternoon at Dolny Stadium.

The Bearcats (9-16, 5-6 PBC) evened the series, which concludes Sunday at 1 o'clock at Dolny Stadium.

The Cougars (15-7, 5-3) were shut out for the second time this season and held to just three hits.

It was Lander's first shutout since Feb. 10, 2018, versus North Greenville in Lexington, S.C., also a 4-0 victory behind JD Cook and Tripper Ergle.

Cunningham (3-3) allowed three hits while walking one and striking out eight in six innings Saturday. Praise Thorsen pitched three hitless innings and earned his first save of the season.

Columbus State starting pitcher Jalen Latta (2-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings.

The Bearcats took a 3-0 lead in the second when Landon Dupert singled, Zack Moore doubled, and Glanton launched a three-run homer to left. It was his team-leading sixth home run of the season and the team's 25th round-tripper in 25 games.

Lander made it 4-0 in the fourth when Bailey Connell drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on Vincent Addona's walk, and scored the game's final run on Mike Fitschen's single.

Addona made an outstanding play at shortstop to retire the first batter in the top of the ninth and Thorsen struck out the final hitter to end the game.

Fitschen and Glanton led the Lander offense. Fitschen went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Glanton was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.