Claflin Host Lander In Peach Belt Conference Series




Claflin Sports Information


Orangeburg, S.C. – The Claflin University baseball team will welcome Lander University to town for their second Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series of the season this weekend.

The three-game series gets underway Friday (Feb. 14) at 4 p.m. followed by single games on Saturday (Feb. 15) and Sunday (Feb. 16) at 2 p.m. each day. All games will be played at Historic Mirmow Field.

Claflin, 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the Peach Belt, will be in search of its first-ever conference and series win after being swept by University of North Georgia last week.

The highlight of the series was an outstanding pitching performance by Makai Holloway in the series opener. The lefty held the NCBWA 20th ranked North Georgia to just a run on four hits over the first five innings. Holloway suffered the loss allowing nine runs with three walks in 6.1 innings of work.

Top hitters for the Panthers in the series were Steven Joyner, Nicholas Johnson and Malik James, all with two hits each.

For the season, the Claflin offense is batting .239 with three home runs, 31 runs scored and 50 hits in seven games. Joyner is the top hitters for the Panthers at .308 with eight hits and six runs scored. Joshua Gordan, Gerardric Dobbs and Charles Jackson has accounted for the Claflin home runs.

Claflin will be facing a Lander team that’s 5-3 on the season and playing its first conference series. The Bobcats are averaging .265 at the plate with nine home runs and 66 runs scored.

Claflin will need solid outings from Holloway, Kyle Hawkins, Keati Buchanan, Chris McKenzie, J., Charles Jackson and X’zavier Johnson on the mound to keep the Bobcats hitters under control.

The Panthers hurlers has allowed 48 earned runs this season in 53.2 innings that includes 37 strikeouts.

The leader of the Lander offense is Evan Harold, who’s batting .382 batting with a team-high three home runs and 11 RBIs. Other top hitters for the Bobcats includes Roury Glanton with two homers and 10 RBIs, followed by Bo Richey with a .409 batting average.

The Panthers batters will square off against a Lander pitching staff led Carson Schlegel, Justin Walker and Davis Cunningham. In eight games this season, the Bobcat pitchers has given up 70 hits and 39 earned runs in 67.2 innings with 85 strike outs.

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