– The North Georgia baseball team rallied from a pair of
deficits on Wednesday evening, including a 10th inning run that
sent the Saints to a 5-4 victory over the University of West
Georgia at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
The Saints sweep the season series from West Georgia, improving to 30-14 on the year, now winners in four of their last five games, while the Wolves fall to 13-37 on the season.
West Georgia scored the game’s first run in the second inning off a Mike Markakis single to center field, sending Brandon Mainor home to give the Wolves’ a 1-0 lead.
UWG added two more runs in the fourth frame with Markakis’ second RBI hit of the game, and Michael Hornsby lifted a sacrifice fly to left center, sending Michael Hollis racing to the plate without a throw and stretching the Wolves’ lead to 3-0.
The North Georgia bats finally came alive in the sixth inning with a trio a runs to knot the score 3-3. Andre Airich led off the inning with the 70th double of his career, a mark that is now the best in Peach Belt Conference history. After a single from Anders Oster, Kenny Bellavance came to the dish and lined a double down the left field line, sending Airich to the plate and Oster to third with still nobody out in the inning. Chad Sage and Brad Hall followed with sacrifice flies later in the frame to cap the three-run sixth inning.
Both teams put up zeros until the ninth inning when Hornsby drove in his second run of the game, a two-out seeing-eye single through the right side, sending Hollis home and giving the Wolves a 3-2 lead with just three outs to get.
With one out in the ninth, Jordan Erisman stepped to the plate and took the second pitch he saw and planted it halfway up the hill past the fence in left field to deadlock the score once again, this time at 4-4.
The Wolves had a chance in the 10th inning to take the lead again with a runner on third and two outs, but Oster ranged to his left on a slow grounder and threw on to first where Troy Snitker made the scoop to send the game to bottom half of the inning still tied.
In the last of the 10th, Chad Sage led off the frame with a single up the middle to start the rally, and after Troy Snitker executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to send Sage to second, Brad Hall came to dish and ran the count full before lining a single to right field to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory.
Jacob Rickett (1-0) picked up the win in 2.0 innings of work, allowing two hits and no runs, while Alex Simmons tossed 5.0 innings, and Michael Patton got the start and lasted 3.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, while walking one.
North Georgia returns to action over the weekend with their final home games of the 2010 season. The Saints will welcome Truett-McConnell to town for single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Saturday evening will serve as Senior Day as North Georgia will recognize 10 graduating players, while the Bob Stein Stadium dedication will take play on Sunday afternoon.