March 17, 2012

Saints Drop Doubleheader, Flagler Sweeps Weekend Series

Contact: Steve Cunha, 

DAHLONEGA, GA – The struggles continued for the North Georgia baseball team on Saturday afternoon as they dropped both games of doubleheader to Flagler College in Peach Belt Conference action at Bob Stein Stadium. 

Flagler took the opening game 5-4 and rallied with a four run outburst in the top of the ninth to take game two 8-6 to run North Georgia's losing streak to eight games.

This marks the second straight series that a conference opponent has swept North Georgia (11-13, 3-9 PBC), while Flagler (17-8, 9-3) bounced back nicely sweeping their second conference series of the season. 

North Georgia jumped on Flagler early, scoring in the first inning of game one, but Flagler responded  by scoring two runs in the top of the third. North Georgia took the lead back in the bottom of fifth when Kenny Bellavance delivered a single to right center to score a pair and Matthew Black followed with a sac fly to deep right field.

The North Georgia bullpen would surrender the lead as Flagler would score a run in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to take the lead and escape with the 5-4 victory in game one. 

Reese Patten was the tough luck loser tossing 2.1 innings in relief allowing one run on three hits, while Max Kreuter picked up his second win of the season.

In game two, Flagler would rally once again as every time North Georgia took a lead they answered back. The biggest blow came in the top of the ninth when they plated four runs to erase a two-run deficit. 

North Georgia jumped on Flagler early once again scoring a pair of runs in the first on a Bellavance sac fly and Black RBI groundout.

The two squads traded runs over the next few innings, and Flagler took a late lead when they added a run in the eighth on a Cade Smith single up the middle. 

In the bottom of the frame, North Georgia responded scoring three runs on a bases clearing triple by freshman Andrew Gordon.

In the top of ninth, Flagler would have their first five hitters reach base as they quickly erased the two-run deficit and took the 8-6 lead. 

Matt Smith got the loss for North Georgia tossing just a third of an inning allowing four runs and two hits, while Jack Charleston got his first win of the season and Tyler Ward worked a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

North Georgia looks to bounce back and end their eight game skid on Wednesday, March 21, when they take on Toccoa Falls in a non-conference matchup at Bob Stein Stadium.