Lander caps sweep of defending champ West Chester; Golden Rams fall to 0-3
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Lander pitcher Logan Pemberton extended his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings this season with six-plus shutout innings on Sunday as the Bearcats completed a three-game sweep against defending national champion and second-ranked West Chester 5-0 at Dolny Stadium.
Lander improved to 5-1 while the Golden Rams fell to 0-3. The Bearcats outscored the Golden Rams 26-5 in the three-game series.
One week after tossing seven shutout innings against North Greenville, Pemberton (2-0) allowed only three hits in 6.2 innings against West Chester. He walked two and struck out 11.
In two games, Pemberton has struck out 20, walked only two and allowed nine hits in 13.2 innings.
Patrick Grady homered for the Bearcats, Weston Lawing had two RBIs and Lander stole eight bases. Lawing and Grady had three steals apiece.
Lander broke out in the bottom of the third, taking a 4-0 lead. Ian Harvey began the rally by collecting a single in his first at-bat of the season, then stole second and scored on Graham Ramos's double over the left fielder's head. Patrick Grady was hit by a pitch and Lawing followed with a two-run single up the middle. Colby Painter drove Lawing in with a triple over the center fielder.
West Chester threatened in the seventh when Jordan Wlodarczyk hit a lead-off double that just eluded center fielder Ian Harvey's glove. After Pemberton struck out Nick Bonadies, Rob Lessig walked. Pemberton followed by striking out Rob Spekhardt. Tyler Broome replaced Pemberton and got Kyle Frazier to fly out to deep left.
Grady led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run over the left field fence to increase Lander's lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, Bearcats' relievers kept the shutout intact with Broome and Bryce Clifton pitching one inning apiece, and Jeremy Jansen getting the final out.
Connor Kerins (0-1) took the loss for the Rams, allowing four runs on four hits in 2.2 innings. Matt McAllister allowed a run on four hits in 4.1 innings of relief for West Chester, and Kyle Weary tossed one scoreless inning.
Colby Painter went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI and Harvey went 2-for-4. Grady also went 1-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored, while Lawing finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Wlodarczyk paced West Chester with a 2-for-4 effort in the loss.