GREENWOOD – Lander senior pitchers Chris Sheehan and JD Cook combined for a victory while Nathan Schreckengost hit his second home run of the day as the Bearcats salvaged a double-header split Saturday afternoon, beating Georgia Southwestern 6-2 on Senior Day at Dolny Stadium. However, the Hurricanes had already clinched the Peach Belt Conference series by winning Saturday's opener, 12-7.
Lander is 13-27 on the season, with a 7-17 mark in the Peach Belt.
Georgia Southwestern, which won its first PBC series since April 2017, is 8-30 overall and 4-20 in the league. The Hurricanes also won Friday's series opener, 7-6, at Dolny Stadium.
Lander honored seniors Jacob Childress, Colton Rogers, Conner Davis, Alex Conaway, Harper Grier, Cook and Sheehan between Saturday's games. Then Sheehan and Cook helped make the rest of the day even more enjoyable.
And it was a big day for sophomore Schreckengost, who had five hits, two homers, four runs scored and seven RBI in the two games. He was 5-for-8 on the day.
Georgia Southwestern took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning of Game 2 when Jared Jones hit a solo homer.
But Lander drew even in the bottom of the third after Mike Fitschen singled, advanced to second on an error, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Jenkins. Carson Jones walked and as he stole second, Fitschen broke for home and scored the tying run.
The Bearcats took the lead for good in the fifth with three runs. Fitschen walked, moved to second on a single by Jenkins and on to third on an error on the play. Fitschen scored on a failed pickoff attempt of Jenkins, and Schreckengost followed with his second homer of the day, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall. It was his sixth round-tripper of the season and his 20th in his Lander career.
Fitschen, Jenkins and Schreckengost came through again in the seventh when the Bearcats added two runs for a 6-1 advantage. Fitschen and Jenkins walked, and Schreckengost lined an RBI single off the right-field wall. Schreckengost eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Bradley Hough's RBI single cut it to 6-2 in the eighth, but the Hurricanes left two runners in scoring position.
Sheehan (3-5) allowed one run on six hits in six innings to pick up his third win in his last four decisions. The former Wofford College pitcher walked one and struck out seven.
Cook worked the final three innings for his second save of the season. Cook allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven, including four looking.
Kyle Spinks (1-6) was the losing pitcher for Georgia Southwestern.
Schreckengost was the leading hitter for the Bearcats in Game 2, going 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored. Fitschen was 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.
Jonathan Martin and Tyler Skelton had two hits apiece to lead the Hurricanes in Game 2.
Lander scored the first run of the afternoon when Colton Yeager led off the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 with a triple and scored on Schreckengost's single.
Georgia Southwestern scored five runs in the top of the second on five hits, an error and a walk. Josh Logan and Hough had RBI singles while three more runs scored on an error.
The Bearcats closed within 5-2 on Fitschen's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second and regained the lead with four runs in the fourth.
Davis started the fourth-inning rally with a leadoff double and scored on Conaway's single. Fitschen and Justin Wager each reached on a fielder's choice and pulled off a double steal before scoring on a two-run single by Schreckengost. Carson Jones drove home the final run of the inning with a single, giving Lander a 6-5 lead.
The Hurricanes tied it with a run in the top of the sixth when Martin drew a bases-loaded walk. But Bearcats reliever Tripper Ergle entered the game with the bases loaded and induced an inning-ending double play.
Lander regained a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Schreckengost homered to left.
Once again, Georgia Southwestern tied the game on a bases-loaded walk, this one drawn by Jared Jones to make it 7-all in the top of the seventh.
The Hurricanes put together their second five-run rally of the game in the eighth, taking a 12-7 lead. Jason Baita was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to break the tie, Logan followed with a three-run double, and Jared Jones added a run-scoring double.
Reliever Harrison Timberlake kept the Bearcats off the scoreboard the last two innings to clinch the win. Starter Mitch Holloway (2-8) got the victory, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in seven innings, striking out 11.
Seven Lander pitchers allowed 14 hits and walked 12 batters in Game 1. Ryan Flores (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Bearcats. Starting pitcher Joseph Whitt allowed six runs but only two earned on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Whitt struck out eight.
Schreckengost was the leading hitter for Lander in Game 1, going 3-for-4 with two runs, a homer and four RBI. Conaway went 3-for-4 and Davis was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Danny Molinari paced the Hurricanes in the opener, going 4-for-6 with a pair of runs. Logan was 2-for-6 with four RBI while Baita, Hough and Jared Jones also had two hits.