February 11, 2012

Saints Smack 15 Hits in Blowout of Davis & Elkins

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu


AIKEN, SC – The North Georgia baseball team won their second straight game in the Carolina Outdoors Classic on Friday evening belting Davis & Elkins 17-2 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. 

The Saints (3-2) whacked a season-high 15 hits despite the cold conditions in South Carolina, while Davis & Elkins (0-2) dropped their second consecutive game by ten-plus runs. 

The Saints trailed going into the third, but a six run outburst in both the third and seventh innings to put the game out of reach for the Senators. 

Jesse Coxwell earned his first win of the season surrendering only two runs over six innings, while Taylor Keinat picked up the save tossing three innings and striking out six. 

North Georgia got things started in the top of the first when Jordan Erisman walked and stole second. Erisman advanced to third on a single to center by junior Derek Hooper and Erisman later scored on a fielder's choice by Terrell Jones

The Senators responded in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of two-out hits by Eric Doyle and Matt Barr to plate two runs giving them the 2-1 lead after the first.

Over the next two innings the two squads would go scoreless before North Georgia exploded for six runs in the top of third. Hooper got things started with an RBI double, followed by an RBI single by Bellevance and Matt Black followed with a double to right that scored two more. Later in the inning, Black would come to score on an error and Brad Barto grounded out to second to plate Dustin Carpenter.

When all was said and done the Saints scored six runs thanks to a pair of errors by Davis & Elkins and three hits.

North Georgia would add three insurance runs in the top of the sixth when Hooper knocked in an RBI single, Bellevance knocked a sac fly to center to score Hooper and Jones came into to score on a passed ball. 

In the seventh frame the Saints would put the game out of reach scoring six runs on five hits. Bellevance came through with another run-scoring hit as he knocked a double to score a pair and Jones would end up scoring on a passed ball two batters later. Carpenter, Barto and Eason Spivey followed with three consecutive RBI singles to wrap up the scoring in their half.

After allowing two runs in the first, Coxwell settled down retiring five of the last seven batters he faced, while Keinat pitched masterfully in relief allowing only a pair of hits and striking out the side in the ninth to seal the victory.

Offensively, Hooper led the charge going 4-5, while Erisman, Bellevance and Carpenter each had multi-hit games.

The Saints wrap up the 2012 Carolina Outdoors Classic Sunday, February 12, when they face Peach Belt Conference foe USC Aiken, first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm.