February 27, 2010

Braves' Bats Too Much For Saints In Nightcap Win

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team could not muster an momentum off a series opening win over the No. 21 UNC Pembroke on Saturday afternoon, falling in game two of a doubleheader 9-2 at Bob Stein Stadium in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Saints drop their first game in over a week, falling to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, while #21 UNC Pembroke improve to 10-2 on the season and 1-1 in league action.

North Georgia managed just seven hits and a pair of runs in the game, striking out 10 times, including four times in the 7th and 8th innings with the bases loaded to singe a pair of rallies.

UNC Pembroke scored a single run in the first, before plating five in the third, and three more in the ninth for the seven-run victory. The Saints were unable to score until the sixth where they pushed one run across before adding one more in the eighth.

Seth Kivett and Derek Funk each tallied a pair of runs batted in, while Jordan Pegram added two hits for the Braves. North Georgia left plenty to be desired at the plate, stranding 11 runners and fanning 10 times.

Chad Sage was the bright spot again for the Saints offensively, recording a pair of hits in four trips to the plate, giving the junior five hits on the day with six runs batted in and two home runs.

Justin Yow (3-0) picked up the win for the Braves, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing five hits, one run, while striking out four and walking four. Blake Hobby (2-1) Suffered the loss for the Saints as the sophomore lasted just 2.1 innings. He gave up four hits, four runs, all earned, while striking out one.

Four other North Georgia pitchers came to the mound with Alex Simmons getting the job done in 4.2 innings of work. Simmons allowed three hits, no runs, and recorded two strikeouts in his appearance out of the pen.

North Georgia and UNC Pembroke return to action on Sunday afternoon for the rubber game of the three-game set. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.