GREENWOOD – Flagler College stayed unbeaten in Peach Belt Conference play, beating Lander 7-2 Friday afternoon at Dolny Stadium despite being out-hit by the Bearcats.
Lander fell to 5-10 overall, 1-6 in the Peach Belt.
The Saints improved to 14-2, 7-0.
The Bearcats out-hit Flagler 11-10.
The teams will continue their three-game series Saturday at 2 o'clock at Dolny Stadium, with Game 3 Sunday at noon.
Flagler took a 4-0 lead through three innings. Ethan Crout doubled and scored on Jason Moore's ground out in the first, Aaron Anderson hit a two-run homer in the second, and Jimmy Peck smashed a solo home run in the third.
The Saints added two more runs in the top of the fourth when Moore's two-out bases loaded infield hit plated one while a second run scored on the play due to a throwing error by the second baseman.
Carson Jones put Lander on the board in the bottom of the fourth with his sixth homer of the season, a line drive that easily cleared the left-field wall. He leads the team with six homers and 14 RBI.
Flagler increased its lead to 7-1 in the sixth when Crout singled, stole second, stopped at third on Dillon Reed's single, and scored on Moore's single.
The Bearcats made it 7-2 in the seventh when Alex Conaway hit a leadoff double into the left-field corner, moved to third on Justin Wager's ground out, and scored on Mike Fitschen's single past third base.
Saints starting pitcher Robert Girgis (3-0) collected the win, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked four. Kyle Hansen tossed the final two innings for Flagler, striking out four and scattering four hits.
Lander starter Tripper Ergle (1-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Robbie Hoyt pitched well in relief for the Bearcats, tossing three innings of one-hit shutout ball. He struck out four and walked none.
Vincent Addona's nine-game hitting streak came to an end for Lander.
Crout was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Saints. Moore was 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.