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Lancers split with Bantams

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By The Staff

The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers baseball team split a four-game series with USC Union at the Lancaster High School baseball field over the weekend.

The USCU Bantams won the first two games, 6-4 and 7-2 on Friday.

The Lancers came back for two wins Saturday, rolling 11-5 and 17-1.

In the 16-run win on Saturday to cap the series, Jared Firmstone led the Lancers with three hits. Bo Owens and Walker McDowell each had two hits, with McDowell ripping a double.

Josh Evans belted a grand slam and Nick Cicci clubbed a home run.

Mike Nunez worked four innings for the win. He allowed an earned run and fanned four.

Brady Smith hurled an inning and whiffed two.

The Lancers opened play Saturday, taking an 11-5 win over the USCU Bantams.

Victor Major led the Lancers with a pair of two-run homers. Bo Owens had three hits.

Todd Mattox had two hits, including a home run.

Josh Evans smashed a two-run home run and Johnny Watts had two doubles.

Ryan Knowles worked four innings for the win. He allowed four earned runs and two walks. Knowles struck out four.

Brock Robinson went three frames and struck out three.

On Friday, the Bantams capped their sweep with a 7-2 win over USCL.

Bryson Smart socked a two-run homer for USCL.

Griffin Jester, in three innings, took the loss, yielding five earned runs.

Michael Lewis went three innings and gave up two earned runs.

Holden Nobles worked an inning of scoreless relief.

USC Union opened the series, taking a 6-4 win over the Lancers.

Bo Owens led USCL with two hits. Jared Firmstone belted a two-run home run and Nick Cicci had a solo homer.

Tyler Fox, in five innings, had five strikeouts and gave up three earned runs.

Austin Muse took the loss, giving up four hits and three earned runs in two innings of work.

The Lancers are in action Thursday when they host Catawba Valley Community College of Hickory in a nine-inning game at the LHS baseball field.

USCL returns to region play this weekend, hosting Florence Darlington Tech in a four-game series, two games Saturday and a pair Sunday.

Games each day begin at 1 p.m.