May 2, 2009

Saints Blank Flagler 3-0 in Rain-Delayed Contest

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DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University scored a run in the first inning which proved to be enough in a 3-0 shutout of Flagler College, fighting through an eighth inning rain delay to take game two of the series at Bob Stein Stadium.

North Georgia improves to 31-23, winning seven of their last eight games, while Flagler College falls to 17-35 overall.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, the skies opened up and play was suspended for one hour and five minutes before Garrett Lussi ended the half inning with a three-pitch strikeout of Kirby Johnson.

North Georgia struck first in the opening inning, using back-to-back doubles by Craig Brisson and Jordan Erisman for a 1-0 advantage.

After the first two hitters of the game reached base for North Georgia, Flagler’s Jonny Gaines then shut down the home team, not allowing another hit until the fifth inning when Brisson forced the issue on a ball in the gap and ended up with a one out triple. Andre Airich and Brad Hall followed and delivered back-to-back doubles, scoring two more runs for a 3-0 North Georgia lead.

Michael Patton (6-3) picked up the victory, allowing six hits and no runs while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work as the sophomore extended his scoreless innings streak to 16. Lussi came on to slam the door in the final two innings to pick up his second save of the season.

Gaines (5-6) sufferd the loss for Flagler, going 7.0 innings and allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 North Georgia batters.

North Georgia and Flagler will play the final game of the series Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 12:00 p.m. The North Georgia seniors will be honored prior to the game, before Tyler Musslewhite takes the mound in the Saints' regular season finale.