Baseball drops PBC series finale to No. 24 Cougars in 11 innings

Baseball drops PBC series finale to No. 24 Cougars in 11 innings

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team allowed four runs in the top of the 11th inning Sunday afternoon and lost to No. 24-ranked Columbus State 9-5, dropping the Peach Belt Conference series at Dolny Stadium.

The teams split the first two games of the PBC series and the Bearcats took a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning Sunday but could not hang on.

Lander fell to 9-17 overall, 5-7 in the Peach Belt.

The Cougars improved to 16-7, 6-3.

Columbus State took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kendall Ford collected the first of his five singles, stole second, moved to third as Robert Brooks reached on an error, and scored on Dane Bullock's sacrifice fly.

The Bearcats took a 2-1 lead in the second when Colton Yeager singled and Roury Glanton homered to right center. It was his second home run of the series and team-leading seventh of the season.

The Cougars grabbed a 4-2 lead in the third on Frank Wager's two-run double and Bryce Delevie's run-scoring ground out.

Lander tied it with two runs in the fifth. Bailey Connell singled and Mike Fitschen homered to left, his third round-tripper of the season.

The Bearcats took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Carson Jones, driving in Vincent Addona. Connell walked, Addona reached on a fielder's choice, and Fitschen singled ahead of the Jones single to left field.

Columbus State tied it in the ninth when Ford singled, moved to third on Matthew McDade's single and scored on a wild pitch. McDade was on third base with one out but was left stranded.

The Cougars broke the tie in the top of the 11th. Ford singled and scored his fourth run of the game on a double by Brooks. Delevie hit a run-scoring single and Grant Berry added a two-run double to make it 9-5.

Lander's fourth pitcher of the game, Bryce Jackson (0-1), took the loss. He followed Joseph Whitt, Robbie Hoyt and Ryan Troutman to the mound.

Devin Dudal (3-2) was the winning pitcher for Columbus State, throwing three hitless innings.

Fitschen, Glanton and Josh Gregory had two hits apiece to pace the Bearcat offense.