– The 15th-ranked North Georgia baseball team completed a
doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern on Saturday evening with
a 9-6 nightcap victory over the Hurricanes at Bob Stein Stadium in
Peach Belt Conference action.
North Georgia improves 15-6 overall on the season and 6-2 in the Peach Belt Conference’s west division, while the Hurricanes fall to 9-6 overall, having won five straight games entering the series, while moving to 3-2 in the conference.
The Hurricanes started the scoring in the first inning as Bud Long led off the game with a double and came around to scored on a sacrifice fly to center, and Byron Haynes brought home another run with a two-out single through the left side, plating Trent Dooley to give GSW a 2-0 first-inning lead.
North Georgia would cut the Hurricane lead in half in the last of the first inning, Using a groundout from Sage to bring Craig Brisson home who led off the inning with a single up the middle, making it a 2-1 game.
The Saints took their first lead of the game in the third inning as Brisson walked to lead off the inning and Jordan Erisman was hit by a pitch to set up a three-run blast to right center off the bat of Andre Airich, putting the Saints on top 4-2. After a double from Chad Sage and single by Troy Snitker, Lance Pope plated the fourth run of the frame with a fielder’s choice, bringing Sage home to give North Georgia a three-run lead.
After both teams traded runs in the fourth inning, Georgia Southwestern tacked on a two spot in the fifth thanks to an RBI single to center field by Paschel Poston to plate Haynes, before a fielder’s choice brought another run home to cut the North Georgia lead to just a run at 6-5.
Airich coaxed a bases loaded two-out walk in the sixth to drive in his fourth run of the day, before some more two-out magic in the seventh sent two runs home to give the Saints a 9-5 lead. The Hurricanes added a run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk, but North Georgia held on for the 9-6 victory and doubleheader sweep.
Michael Patton (2-1) picked up the victory in relief, going 2.2 innings and allowing a pair of hits and one run, while Jacob Rickett came on in the ninth to slam the door, striking out the final three Hurricane batters for his fifth save of the season.
Georgia Southwestern’s Jody Sellers (4-1) suffered his first loss of the year, allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits while walking four and striking out just one. Entering the game, Sellers was undefeated without giving up an earned run in 28.0 innings of work with two complete games.
The Saints and hurricanes will play the third and final games of the weekend Peach Belt Conference series on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.