AUGUSTA, GA – North Georgia recorded 16
hits Sunday afternoon, but saw Augusta State University lead from
wire to wire in a 13-11 slug fest as the Jaguars claimed the series
victory over the Saints in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints fall back to .500 at 20-20 on the season and 11-10 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Jaguars improve to 20-20 overall and 8-7 in the league.
Augusta State jumped all over the Saints in the first inning as the home team put a five spot on the board thanks to four hits and a North Georgia error. Tim Rawlings singled up the middle to bring Alex Walker home for the first of the game, and Evan Smith doubled later in the inning to score two more runs.
The Saints scored their first run of the game in the second inning as Davy Wallach led off with a solo shot to left field to make it 5-1. After North Georgia’s single run, the Jaguars came back with two runs of their own in the third inning with a single up the middle by Walker to give Augusta State a 7-1 advantage.
After both teams put up zeros in the fourth and fifth innings, North Georgia rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to make it 7-5. Wallach and Adam Baker both drove in two runs as the Saints pulled to within a pair of runs.
The Jaguars would pull away in the seventh inning with six more runs on four hits. Walker drove in two more runs with a double to left center, while Shannon Wilkerson and Kevin Owens both added two-run homers in the six-run inning to give ASU a 13-5 advantage.
North Georgia scored the next six runs of the game with four in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but came up short in the 13-11 defeat. Craig Brisson drove in a pair of runs in each of the last two innings, while Daniel Petitti and Andre Airich each added RBI hits in the eighth.
Michael Patton (4-3) suffered the loss in 2.1 innings of work, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five hits while walking five and striking out one.
Wilson Taylor (2-2) picked up the victory in 6.0 innings of work, giving up five runs on as many hits while striking out five and walking three.
Wallach, Brisson, and Petitti all tallied three hits in the contest, while Brisson drove in four runs and Wallach added three runs batted in.
The Saints return to action on Tuesday afternoon, hosting Anderson University with first pitch set for 6:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.