March 26, 2011

Lander Takes Finale 6-0, Saints Earn Series Victory

GREENWOOD, SC – The North Georgia baseball team was looking to close out a three-game series sweep over Lander on Saturday afternoon, but the Bearcats had different plans, blanking the Saints 6-0 at Legion Field in Peach Belt Conference action.

Lander avoided a three-game sweep, improving to 16-14 overall and 6-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while North Georgia, which swept a double-header from the Bearcats on Friday, fell to 19-11 overall and 6-9 in league play.

Brandon Farquhar (3-1) was the winning pitcher for Lander, allowing only three hits in 7.2 innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked four. Michael White finished the combined shutout, allowing one hit in 1.1 innings.

Wes Coberly (2-2) took the loss for North Georgia, allowing four runs, three earned runs, in three innings of work. Michael Patton and Matt Smith combined to finish the game, allowing five hits and two earned runs over the final five innings.

Lander took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when McElhaney led off with a single up the middle and scored on Jeff May's double to deep left center. May moved to third on Alan Abreu's single and scored on AJ Nunziato's ground out to second.

The Bearcats doubled their lead to 4-0 in the third. Erik Lunde singled, Jordan Owens walked, McElhaney reached on an error to drive in one run, and May's ground out to short scored the other run.

Lander scored twice more in the sixth with Lunde once again starting the rally with a single and scoring on McElhaney's double into the left-field corner. May singled up the middle, scoring McElhaney for the final run of the game.

Brent Nelson broke up Farquhar's no-hitter with a single to lead off the sixth, and Derek Hooper added a two-out single, but Farquhar got out of the inning with his shutout intact.

The Saints return to action on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming Anderson University to town for a midweek non-conference game against the Trojans. First pitch at Bob Stein Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m.