Lander returns to winning ways
Power hitting, home runs lead to 27-8 thrashing of Winston-Salem St.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:19 AM
The Lander University baseball team leads the nation in runs and home runs, and is in the top 10 of virtually every offensive category.
That prolific offense was on display Wednesday afternoon at Dolny Stadium.
The Bearcats hit three home runs and pounded out 22 hits in routing Winston-Salem State 27-8, the team's first game after losing its first Peach Belt Conference series of the year last weekend against 9-20 Georgia Southwestern.
"I thought it was great; this is who we are," Lander coach Kermit Smith said. "We enjoy playing the game of baseball, and I think we're pretty good at it when we're focused. I thought we were really focused (Wednesday). This is who we are."
Although the Bearcats provided most of the game's fireworks, Winston-Salem State kicked off the offensive avalanche with three home runs on the team's first three hits. Ray Crawford hammered a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field in the top of the first inning, and after Lander put up three in the bottom of the first, Austin Hatch and Colby Keene hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning.
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