No. 19 Saints Hang on Late, Top Flagler 10-9
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
– The North Georgia offense staked themselves to a 10-run
lead on Saturday evening before Flagler College rallied with nine
straight runs to put a scare in the Saints who held on for the 10-9
victory in game two a three-game weekend series at Flagler Stadium
in non-conference action.
North Georgia improves to 33-15 on the season, while Flagler drops back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of April, falling to 27-22 on the year.
North Georgia had scored 10 runs on 10 hits through the first five innings, but could only muster four hit in the last four innings to hold on for the win.
Flagler made a significant dent in North Georgia’s lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending eleven me to the plate and scoring seven runs on eight base knocks.
The home Saints, made it interesting in the ninth, pulling to within a run off a two-run single up the middle by Payne Maddox, but Justin Yackee came in out of the pen to slam the door, forcing a double play and a strikeout to end the rally and give North Georgia their second one-run victory in as many days over Flagler.
North Georgia scored early and often to earn their 10-run lead after just five innings, scoring a run in the first, four in the second, two in the third, and three more in the fifth before Flagler’s relief pitching tossed up zeros on the board the rest of the way.
Anders Oster had the big day at the plate for the Saints, tallying a pair of hits and driving in three runs, while four other players finished with a pair of base knocks as part of a 14-hit performance.
Craig Brisson scored a trio of runs from the leadoff spot with three walks, but the senior reached a milestone with a leadoff single in the seventh inning, recording his 324th collegiate hit, a mark that ties him for the all-time record in North Georgia history with former great Brian Lauderdale who garnered PBC and South Atlantic Region Player of the Year honors in 2006.
Blake Hobby (6-4) tossed 5.1 innings, scattering 11 hits and allowing six earned runs, while walking one and striking out a pair. Head coach Tom Cantrell sifted through four pitchers in the game as Yackee was on the mound for the final out and his first save of the year.
North Georgia will look to pick up their first three-game series sweep in 43 days, a mark dating back to a trio of wins over Montevallo on the 19th and 20th of March. First pitch on Sunday afternoon against Flagler is set for 1:00 p.m. as the two clubs will get one more look at each other before squaring off again in the first round of the PBC Tournament next weekend.