GREENWOOD, S.C. � Sophomore Jonathan Myers launched a second inning, three-run homer over the left field fence Wednesday night to lead the No. 24 ranked Lander University baseball team to a 7-5 non-conference victory over Newberry College at Legion Field.
Lander improves to 21-12 overall, while Newberry drops to 13-23.
Lander's Chris Marks (3-1) earned the victory, striking out two, walking two and allowing only three hits in four innings pitched.
Ty Rollins (Columbia, S.C.) took the loss, striking out two, walking four and allowing six earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched. His record moves to 2-3 on the season.
Lander stretched its lead to 6-0 in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Jeremy Ryals and Myers and an RBI double by David Walton.
Newberry cut the margin to 6-3 in the fifth inning with three unearned runs. Facing his first batter with two outs and bases loaded, Lander pitcher William Dudley fielded the ball and overthrew first baseman Ryan Brisby, allowing three runs to score.
In the sixth inning, the Indians' Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) doubled in Bruce Johnson (Morehead City, N.C.) to cut the Lander lead to 6-4. Newberry sliced the Lander lead to 6-5 with one run in the seventh inning when Dean Walker (Afton, Tenn.) scored on a Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) RBI single to right field.
Lander ended its three-inning scoring drought in the eighth when Ryals doubled in Kevin Davis to give the Bearcats a 7-5 lead.
Radley Raven (1-for-3, two runs scored), Walton (1-for-3, one RBI), Strongman (1-for-3, one run scored) and Ryals (3-for-4, two runs scored, two RBI) all doubled for Lander. Myers went 2-for-4 with one run scored and four RBI.
Newberry's Kinard (2-for-3, one run scored, one RBI) and Walker (2-for-5, one run scored) both doubled for the Indians. Webb went 3-for-5 with one RBI.
Newberry returns to action this Saturday, when the Indians will play a doubleheader at archrival Presbyterian College. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.