Sunday, April 27, 2014 team of the week, April 21-27: Lander

Lander (4-0 last week)
(Went 1-0 against Erskine; went 3-0 against Armstrong Atlantic)

It's already been a special season for Lander's baseball team and the Bearcats are working to build more memorable moments.

Coach Kermit Smith's Bearcats wrapped up their first-ever regular-season championship in the Peach Belt Conference with a weekend sweep of Armstrong Atlantic. That was good enough for them to become the first two-time winner of's team of the week in 2014.

Lander, which closed the regular-season on a 13-game winning streak, has set a school single-season record with 43 victories (against 6 losses).

The Bearcats have been ranked second behind Tampa in most NCAA Division II national polls for most of the regular season.

Their lofty record and outstanding home facilities make the Bearcats an extremely likely candidate to be awarded a regional host role when the Division II field is selected May 11.

Next up, though, is the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, an eight-team, single-elimination event May 10-11 at USC Aiken's Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Also considered
* College of Charleston (3-1)
* Southern Wesleyan
* The Citadel (3-2)
* South Carolina (4-1)
* USC Aiken (4-0)
* USC Lancaster (2-0)
* USC Sumter (3-1)
* Winthrop (3-1)
* Wofford (3-2)

Previous winners
April 20: Newberry
April 13: USC Sumter
April 6: Spartanburg Methodist
March 30: Clemson
March 23: Claflin
March 16: Lander
March 9: USC Lancaster
March 2: South Carolina
Feb. 23: College of Charleston

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