SALISBURY, N.C. – The Lander baseball team plated 10 runs through the first six innings on Wednesday night, but could not hold off No. 3-ranked Catawba, falling 14-11 in a non-conference tilt.
Lander (15-25) finished the night with 11 hits and used a five-run third inning to build a 6-3 lead. After trailing 2-0 entering the second inning, a Zack Moore solo home run put the Bearcats on the board. Catawba (34-9) extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, but the Bearcats exploded in the third with a pair of long balls. Kyle Jenkins evened the score with a two-run shot and Roury Glanton delivered a three-run blast later in the frame to give Lander its first lead of the night. However, Catawba answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the third.
A Josh Gregory two-run homer in the fourth put Lander up 8-6 and, following a Catawba run in the bottom of the fourth, Colton Yeager's two-run double and Mike Fitschen's sacrifice fly in the sixth pushed the Bearcats' advantage to 10-7. However, Catawba plated seven runs over the next three innings to move ahead for good. Glanton ended the slugfest with an RBI double in the ninth.
In a game that saw 17 dfferent pitchers take the mound, Catawba's Peyton Williams (3-1) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, while Bryce Jackson (0-2) took the loss for Lander, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.0 inning.
Lander heads to Georgia Southwestern this weekend for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series.