February 13, 2011

Saints Sweep Stillman, Eye Best Start in School History

 DAHLONEGA, GA – The 22nd-ranked North Georgia baseball is a win away from tying their best start in school after completing a three-game weekend sweep over Stillman College on Sunday afternoon, caging in the Tigers for a 7-1 victory at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

The Saints are now 6-0 on the year and sit a victory away from tying the program's best start in school history at 7-0, a start that propelled the 2005 team to a 57-15 record. Stillman College, who entered the weekend with a 4-1 record, drop back to the .500 mark at 4-4 on the season.

North Georgia broke things open in the second inning with just two hits and the benefit of a Stillman error. Brad Hall came to the plate with runners on the corners and skied a fly ball behind first base that dropped, but Stillman was able to get a force at second base as Chad Sage raced home for the first run of the game.

After Daniel Warzon grounded out to make it a 2-0 North Georgia lead, Jordan Erisman stepped the plate with two outs and lined a single through the left side, bringing two more runners home and capping the four-run second frame.

The Saints added to the lead in the sixth inning as Warzon was at it again, driving in two more runs with a single through the left side to give North Georgia a 6-0 lead. For Warzon, the senior tallied three runs batted in on the game and pushed his total to six for the season.

After the Saints tacked on an insurance run in the seventh, right-handed starter Wes Coberly continued to shut down the Stillman hitters, setting down 14 in a row as he cruised into the ninth inning with a 7-0 lead.

 The Tigers finally came to life in their final trip to the plate, stringing together three singles in four at bats to open the inning as Cody Clements capped the string of base knocks with a single up the middle to plate what would be the only Stillman run of the game.

Head coach Tom Cantrell then lifted Coberly (1-0) who received a standing ovation at Bob Stein Stadium for his 8.1 innings of work, allowing seven hits and one earned run while striking out six.

Michael Patton was called on to close the game and he did just that, recording a five-pitch strikeout before coaxing a groundout to end the game and send North Georgia to their 6th straight win to open the season.

The Saints return to action next weekend for the third and final three-game home series to open the 2011 campaign. North Georgia will oppose Millersville University with single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Bob Stein Stadium on the campus of North Georgia.