March 10, 2012

Pirates Score 23 Runs in Doubleheader Sweep Over Saints

Contact: Steve Cunha,

SAVANNAH, GA – The North Georgia baseball team struggled to put hits together and their pitchers got roughed up on Saturday afternoon as they were swept by Armstrong in Peach Belt Conference action at Pirate Field. 

For the first time since last March, the Saints (11-7 3-5 PBC) dropped both games of a conference doubleheader, while Armstrong (13-5, 4-4 PBC) won their third straight conference game after starting 1-4.

The Pirates jumped on the Saints early in both games, taking the opener 7-0 and game two 16-7. 

- GAME 1 –

North Georgia ace Blake Hobby suffered his first loss of the season as he surrendered five runs, while giving up eight hits and lasting just 2.2 innings. It was the first time this season Hobby failed to throw at least six innings for the Saints. 

The Pirates jumped on Hobby in the bottom of the first as leadoff hitter Casey Maloney singled to center and stole second to move into scoring position. Maloney would later come around to score on a single by shortstop Alex Frederick.

Armstrong would add another run later in the inning when Hobby hit Cody Powell with the bases loaded to give the Pirates an early 2-0 lead. 

Armstrong was back at it again in the bottom of the third when they strung together three straight base hits with two outs to score three more runs and chase Hobby from the contest.

The Pirates would later add insurance runs in both the fourth and seventh innings. 

Chandler Hall picked up his second win of the season going the distance and scattering five hits, while striking out four.

Offensively, the Saints were baffled by Hall all afternoon as he retired them in order in five of the nine innings and they recorded more than one hit in an inning just once. 

Jordan Erisman was the lone bright spot for North Georgia going 3-4 with a stolen base.

- GAME 2 –

There was once again little to write home about in game two for the Saints as the Pirates exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the third to blow open a one run contest.

Armstrong got on the board early again touching North Georgia starter Jesse Coxwell for two runs in the bottom of the first. 

North Georgia cut the deficit in half in the top of the third when Brad Barto led off the inning with an infield single and moved into scoring position after a Derek Hooper sac bunt.  Barto later came around to score on an error by the shortstop.

The Pirates responded by scoring seven runs on four hits in the bottom of the frame chasing Coxwell and later reliever Jacob Beauchamp from the contest. 

Armstrong wasn't done at the dish as they scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game seemingly out of reach.

North Georgia plated two in the top of the fifth when Kenny Bellavance and Tremayne Toorie hit back-to-back two out singles for the Saints. North Georgia continued their rally in the top of the seventh when they scored four runs on four hits. 

In the seventh, Toorie and Brian McGrath each got an RBI on back-to-back fielder's choices and Hooper added a two out two run scoring double to right center.

Coxwell got the loss tossing just two innings an allowing five runs (only three of which were earned), while Ethan Bader got the win for the Pirates. 

Offensively, Bellvance was 4-5, while Toorie and Hooper each added a pair of RBI's.

The Saints look to avoid the three game sweep tomorrow as they close out the weekend series with the Pirates. First pitch is at 1:00 pm.