GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team held a 4-2 lead entering the eighth inning on Saturday night, but Georgia College plated five runs on one hit to take a lead it would not relinquish as the Bearcats fell 7-5 on Friday night at Dolny Stadium.
Lander (14-23, 9-10 PBC) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but pulled even on Zack Moore's RBI double in the second and took the lead on a Mike Fitschen RBI single in the bottom of the second. The Bearcats loaded the bases in the fifth inning and pushed the lead to 4-1 on a two-out, two-run single to right field from Landon Dupert.
Georgia College (19-13, 10-7 PBC) managed a run in the sixth inning, but Alex Moore, who sat down 18 of the final 21 batters he faced, kept the Bobcats at bay into the seventh inning. The Bobcats broke through against Lander's bullpen in the eighth, plating five runs on one hit, two walks, two batters hit by pitch, and an error.
The Bearcats drew within two runs thanks to a Bobcat error in the bottom of the eighth, but could pull no closer.
Fraser Ellard (1-3) took the loss for Lander, allowing three runs on two walks in one-third of an inning. Perry Keith (2-1) allowed no hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings for the win, while Bradley Cammack earned his first save of the season, allowing one unearned run in 2.0 innings.
Lander and Georgia College will conclude the series with a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1:00 p.m.