GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team pounded out 13 hits Friday night and earned one of the biggest wins in program history when it defeated No. 2 ranked and defending national champion West Chester (Pa.) University, 14-1, in a non-conference game at Dolny Stadium.
Lander improves to 3-1 overall, while West Chester, which was held to three hits, is 0-1. The two teams will continue its series with a 3 p.m. single game on Saturday and a noon start on Sunday.
Dylan Wolchick (1-0) earned the victory on the mound after striking out five, walking three and allowing one earned run on three hits in 6.2 innings of work.
The Rams' Joe Gunkel (0-1) suffered the loss, striking out four, walking three and allowing five earned runs on six hits in four innings pitched.
Lander jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Graham Ramos stroked a solo home run over the left field fence, then, with bases loaded, Colby Painter's left field single drove in Erik Lunde.
The Bearcats stretched their advantage to 4-0 in the second after Ramos, who reached on a walk, scored on Patrick Grady's fielder's, choice coupled with a West Chester throwing error, and Lunde scored on Connor Lewis' fielder's choice.
West Chester cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning on Jordan Wlodarczyk's solo homer down the left field line.
With bases loaded in fourth, the Bearcats made it 6-1 after Ramos scored on Lewis' bloop single into left center and Lunde went home on Weston Lawing's fielder's choice.
Keyed by Grady's two-run homer, Lander added five runs in the sixth inning for a 13-1 lead. Pinch runner Ryan McNulty scored on Poole's RBI single to left field, Dunn went home on a wild pitch and Poole advanced on Ramos' sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Jeff May scored the Bearcats' final run in the seventh when he led off with a left field double, advanced on a balk and scored on Dunn's groundout.
For Lander, Ramos batted (3-4) had one homer, one double, three runs scored and two RBI; Grady (2-3) had one homer, one run and three RBI; Lunde (2-4) had one double and four runs scored; and Lawing (1-5) doubled and had one RBI.