– The 17th-ranked North Georgia baseball team continued their
trend of not dropping a series opener this season by jumping on top
early and never looking back in a 6-1 victory over the University
of Montevallo at Bob Stein Stadium in Peach Belt Conference
The Saints improve to 17-8 overall on the season, and move into second place in the Peach Belt Conference west division at 7-3 in league action, while The Falcon’s struggles continue, falling to 6-20 on the year and still winless at the conference at 0-10.
North Georgia took an early advantage in the second inning as Chad Sage went opposite field and launched his team-leading ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to give starting pitcher Chris Rearick a 1-0 lead to work with.
In the third, the Saints added two more runs as Snitker led off the inning with a double and came around to score, before Andre Airich provided a clutch two-out single up the middle to plate the second run of the inning. Airich continued his day at the plate in the fifth with a double to right center, splitting the gap and bringing Craig Brisson and Jordan Erisman racing home to score and make it a five-run game.
The Falcons got their only run of the game in the seventh as Joe Prokop launched a solo shot to left center, making it a 5-1 North Georgia lead, but the Saints added a single run in the eighth off a Brisson single to put a lid on the scoring and give the home team a 6-1 victory.
Rearick (6-0) continued to shine for the Saints, tossing 8.0 innings and allowing just one run on seven while striking out six. Heath Tapscott (2-3) suffered the loss in 7.0 innings of work as the senior allowing five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking seven.
The Saints and Falcons will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.