March 16, 2012

Flagler Takes Weekend Opener 14-1 in Peach Belt Action

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The pitching and offensive woes continued for the North Georgia baseball team on Friday evening as they fell 14-1 to Flagler College in Peach Belt Conference action at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The North Georgia Saints (11-11, 3-7 PBC) have lost six straight contests and eight of their last nine, while Flagler (15-8, 7-3 PBC) snapped a two-game conference losing streak with the win.

North Georgia has allowed at least seven runs in every game during the losing streak and have had a starter last longer than five innings in just one of those six contests. 

North Georgia skipper Tom Cantrell turned to Preseason All-American Blake Hobby to get them back in the win column, but he would last only four innings allowing a season-high nine hits and six runs. After cruising through the first inning on just nine pitches, Hobby got himself into trouble in the second.

Leadoff hitter John Sgromolo singled through the right side and Kyle Foti followed with a walk. Hobby would then strikeout the next two batters before Flagler strung together four straight hits. When the dust settled at the end of the frame Flagler pushed across four runs on five hits to build an early 4-0 lead. 

North Georgia's first offensive threat came in the bottom of the fourth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Flagler starter Danny Brown got Andrew Gordon to line out to end the inning. After the inning inclement weather moved into the area and the two squads had to wait an hour and 28 minutes before play would resume.

After the delay, Flagler ran away with the contest steadily adding to their lead scoring at least one in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. 

North Georgia would plate a run in the bottom of the seventh when pinch hitter Stephen Neidigh delivered a two-out run scoring double to left field plating Dustin Carpenter.

North Georgia wraps up the weekend series against Flagler with a doubleheader tomorrow, March 17. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon.