Flagler Battles Back to Take Finale 13-7 at the Steiner
DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball fell short in a bid for their ninth straight victory, falling in the weekend finale to Flagler College 13-7 on Sunday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
North Georgia's eight-game winning streak comes to an end, as the Saints fall to 32-17 on the year with the loss. Flagler avoids the three-game sweep and improvs to 21-28 on the season.
Starting pitcher Wes Coberly held that two-run lead in check until the fifth inning when Flagler came alive at the plate and erupted for seven runs to take a five-run lead. Evan Grandizio drove in the first run of the inning with a single to right field, and John Sgromolo followed with a two-run double to right center, giving Flagler their first lead of the day at 3-2. FC continued to add to their lead in the inning, coaxing six walks in the frame and plating four more runs.
North Georgia put together a rally of their own in the bottom of the fifth as Jordan Erisman and Hooper put reached on back-to-back singles, and Troy Snitker followed and drilled his team-leading sixth home run of the year to straight away centerfield, a three-run blast to cut the Flagler lead to just a pair at 7-5.
The visiting Saints would answer right back in the sixth inning, as Sgromolo sparked another rally with a solo home run, leading to a four-run frame and an 11-5 advantage for Flagler.
The runs kept coming in the bottom half of the inning for North Georgia as Hooper stayed red hot and connected with his second two-run double of the game, this time a base knock down the right field line to cut into the Flagler lead once again and make it 11-7.
The North Georgia offense would go quiet from there however, as they would not score another run, while Flagler added two more in the seventh inning and held on for the 13-7 victory.
Coberly (3-4) suffered the loss in 4.1 innings of work, allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking a pair. Flagler's Jake Brandenberger (2-4) picked up the win, tossing 5.0 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out six.
The Saints will put a lid on their regular season on Tuesday evening, welcoming Truett-McConnell to town for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch at Bob Stein Stadium.