Greenwood, SC – Ian Harvey singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning that lift Lander over ninth ranked Columbus State University 7-6 in the first game of a Peach Belt Conference series. The contest was played at Dolny Stadium in Greenwood, SC.
Patrick Grady singled to start the 12th for Lander and quickly moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Thomas Berry. CSU intentionally walked Jordan Owens setting up the double play before Harvey's heroics.
Lander (19-6, 8-2) pushed their winning streak to seven games with the victory and has now won 13 out of their last 14 games.
It was also the ninth consecutive one-run game played by Columbus State (17-8, 6-4).
The Cougars took a slim 6-5 lead in the ninth as Patrick Grady walked Navarro Hall with two-outs and the bases loaded to force home the go-ahead run.
CSU closer Chase Gilreath blew his first save of the season in the bottom of the ninth but the sophomore did not get any help from his defense. After retiring the first two batters, Grady reached second on a two-base error by Cameron Griffin. During the next at-bat, pinch hitter Kevin Childs laced a single into centerfield allowing Grady to score.
Columbus State did not get a hit in any extra frame while Lander recorded just two both coming in the 12th.
After not allowing a hit in the first two innings, Cougar starter Levi Futo ran into trouble in the bottom half of the third. A one-out single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Grady before hit roped a bases clearing double to leftfield giving the Bearcats a 3-2 lead. Futo recovered by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
Kevan Dorsey tied the game on a double chasing home Cameron Griffin, who singled with one-out in the fourth. After Dorsey advanced to third on an error, Pullen singled in the junior to give CSU a 4-3 lead.
Once again, the Bearcats responded in their half of the inning as Jeff May had a run scoring double and Juan Montana singled home May with a single in the next at-bat.
Lander held on to a 5-4 lead until the seventh as Seth Corbitt homered to right-centerfield for the Cougars. It was the freshman's first collegiate home run.
Columbus State starter Levi Futo pitched decent lasting seven innings. The senior allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six. Futo did have command issues however walking five batters.
Hart Mizell pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Chase Gilreath (2-2) pitched the final 3.1 innings of the game allowing two runs (one earned).
J.D. Pullen went 4-for-6 for Columbus State with a run batted in while Seth Corbitt recorded three hits.
Patrick Grady did everything for Lander Saturday going 2-for-5 at the plate and tossing three innings. Grady drove in three runs and scored twice, including the game-winning run. On the mound, he allowed just one run while striking out three batters.
Ross Davis (1-1) picked up the victory for the Bearcats pitching three hitless innings. The only blemish on his line was a walk while he punched out three Cougars.