February 28, 2009

Saints Take Nightcap 13-4, Split with Bearcats

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – 10th-ranked North Georgia bounced back from a series opening loss to 22nd-ranked Lander University to record 16 hits and defeat the Bearcats 13-4 just before the clock struck midnight Saturday evening on a soggy field at Bob Stein Stadium.

The Saints improve to 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Lander University falls to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

Tyler Musslewhite (2-0) picked up the win, tossing 8.0 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out eight.

Tim Rau (2-1) is tagged with the loss, lasting 3.0 innings and giving up nine hits and six earned runs.

In the second inning, the Saints finally broke through at the plate, recording four hits and taking advantage of two Lander errors to plate four runs. Chad Sage doubled home Adam Baker to plate the first run of the inning, while Jordan Erisman and Andre Airich followed with RBI hits to lift the Saints to a 4-0 lead.

Lander came right back in the fourth inning to tie the game on two hits and used three walks, two of which scored to make it a 4-4 game. Robert Skinner provided the only RBI hit of the inning, singling through the left side for the first run of the frame.

JD Burgess put the Saints right back in front in the bottom half of the inning, blasting his first home run of the year to bring Craig Brisson home and make it 6-4. Daniel Petitti picked up a clutch two-out RBI later in the inning, sending Airich trotting home for a 7-4 lead. Sage continued the two-out rally, doubling to left center to bring another run home, while Davy Wallach put a lid on the inning, plating two more runs to cap a six-run fourth inning.

The Saints would add three more runs to come away with the 13-4 victory. Sage had a day at the plate, recording four hits, while Airich added three base knocks, and three others added a pair of hits.

The Saints and Bearcats will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. With inclement weather moving through the southeast this evening into tomorrow morning, stay tuned for information regarding possible delays.