April 13, 2011

Patton's Shutout Lifts Saints Past Anderson 8-0

ANDERSON, SC – The North Georgia baseball team continued their dominance of non-conference teams on Wednesday evening, scoring early and often and running by Anderson University 8-0 at Memorial Stadium.

The Saints improve to 23-15 on the year and move to 15-2 on the season in non-conference play, while the Trojans fall to 10 games under the .500 at 18-28 on the year.

North Georgia took advantage of two errors in the second inning and strung together a trio of hits to put a six spot on the board and take an early lead. Dustin Carpenter and Alan Fredriksson tallied back-to-back RBI hits in the frame, while Troy Snitker capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Jordan Erisman and give the Saints a 6-0 lead.

The Saints' bats came to life again in the sixth inning when Fredriksson tripled to left center to send Carpenter racing home, and Erisman followed with a double down the left field line to give North Georgia all the runs they would need in an 8-0 victory.

Michael Patton (1-1) did the rest, tossing a complete-game shutout for his first victory of the season. The senior went the distance, allowing just three hits and striking out five in all 9.0 innings of work.

The Saints return to action over the weekend, welcoming Augusta State to town for a crucial three-game series with a trip to the Peach Belt Conference tournament on the line. The two squads will play a single game on Friday evening, followed a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium.