March 21, 2012

Saints Get Back on Track, Take Down Toccoa Falls 5-3

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball broke out the bats early on Wednesday evening, plating five runs in the first inning en route to 5-3 victory over Toccoa Falls at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The loss snaps an eight game losing streak for the Saints (12-13), while the loss snaps a three game road winning streak for Toccoa Falls (15-10-1).

Wes Coberly picked up his second win of the season as he tossed five innings allowing seven hits and three runs, while striking out four. 

The Eagles wasted no time getting on the board as they scored in the top of the first thanks to a two-out run scoring double by Corey Warner.

The Saints picked Coberly up as the first four hitters all reached safely in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Jordan Erisman got things started with a single right up the middle and Derek Hooper followed with a bunt base hit down the third base line. Kenny Bellavance followed with single to right field plating Erisman and Matthew Black followed suit with a double to deep right field plating Hooper. 

Two batters later, Travis Naraine hit a frozen rope to left center scoring Bellavance and Black. Eason Spivey would cap the scoring two batters later when he hit a liner to left that Eagles left fielder Andrew Thorne couldn't come up with to score Dustin Carpenter.

The early outburst would be all the runs North Georgia would need as Phillip Taylor, Jacob Beauchamp and Taylor Keinat tossed four innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory. Keinat worked a scoreless ninth picked up his second save of the season.  

Spivey, Naraine, Black and Bellavance all had multi-hit games for the Saints.

The Saints return to the diamond on March 24, when they travel to Americus, Georgia, for a weekend series against Peach Belt Conference foe Georgia Southwestern.  First pitch for game one of the Saturday doubleheader is at 1:00 pm.