DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia fell behind
early, but the Saints rallied to defeat the Southern Wesleyan
Warriors 14-2 Wednesday evening in front of a standing room only
crowd at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
The Saints improve to 23-21 on the season, while Southern Wesleyan falls to 13-29 overall in 2009.
North Georgia allowed a pair of first inning runs as Craig Turner delivered a one-out two-run shot to left field to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead.
After the Saints went scoreless in the first, the North Georgia came alive, scoring 14 runs over the next five innings for a 14-2 win in seven innings.
Andre Airich continued his consistent hitting, going 4-for-4 with three runs driven in and three runs scored while drawing a walk. Daniel Petitti launched his second grand slam in the last week in the fourth inning, and Adam Baker added a three-run homer to field in the fifth inning. Airich also got in on the long ball, capping the Saints’ scoring with a two-run blast to left field in the last of the sixth inning.
Alex Simmons (1-0) picked up the victory in relief, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four.
The Saints return to action on Thursday afternoon, traveling to Carrollton, Georgia, to take on the Wolves of West Georgia in another non-conference match-up with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.