April 21, 2012

Hobby Tops the Record Books as Saints Sweep Away Augusta State

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DAHLONEGA, GA – Quality pitching and timely hitting helped the North Georgia baseball team take both ends of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader against Augusta State on Saturday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium.

With the sweep, the Saints (22-22, 12-14 PBC) have now won three conference series in a row, while the Jaguars (13-35, 4-25 PBC) have lost four straight contests. 

- Game One – North Georgia 9, Augusta State 5

The North Georgia offense broke out early and often against the Jaguars, plating three runs in the first thanks to back-to-back-to-back two-out RBI hits by Matthew Black, Terrell Jones, and Travis Naraine

The Saints pounded 13 hits, and every starter reached base safely en route to their 11th conference victory of the season.

Jacob Beauchamp continued to stymie Peach Belt Conference batters as he picked up his fifth win of the season as he tossed six innings scattering seven hits and allowing just one run. The Snellville, Georgia, native delivered his sixth straight quality conference start striking out three batters along way. 

After spotting Beauchamp three runs in the first, the Saints put the game out of reach plating five in the fifth. Kenny Bellavance opened the scoring with a double down the left field line, plating Derek Hooper and Black followed suit with another RBI single.

Three batters later, Andrew Gordon laced a double down the left field line, bringing Black racing home and two batters later, Dustin Carpenter capped the scoring with a double to left plating Gordon and Jones. 

North Georgia added an insurance run in the sixth when Bellavance lifted a sac fly to left bringing Hooper racing home for his 36th run of the season.

The Jaguars mounted a rally in the eighth scoring four runs, but Phillip Taylor got himself out of the jam. Reese Patten came on and worked a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for the Saints. 

Offensively, five of North Georgia's nine starters had multi-hit games, and three had multi-RBI games as well. The Saints one through five hitters combined to go 9-22 with five RBI's and eight runs scored.

- Game Two – North Georgia 2, Augusta State 1

It was a historic win for senior Blake Hobby as he tossed seven shutout innings and striking out six to earn his eighth victory of the season and the 27th of his career. The victory gives the Macon, Georgia, native the school's all-time record for wins, passing former Saints great Stephen Flake.

Hobby has now won his last five starts, tossing at least six innings in each start, and surrendering no more than four runs. Reese Patten worked the final two frames to pick up his third save of the season. 

The Saints pounced on the Jaguars early once again plating a run in the top of the first when Travis Naraine roped a liner to left field to bring Derek Hooper racing home.

After getting the early lead, Hobby was in cruise control retiring the Jaguars in order in the second and the fifth. During his seven innings of work, Hobby allowed only one runner to advance into scoring position as he showed the dominance that earned him pre-season All-American honors. 

Both offensives were relatively quiet until the bottom of the eighth when North Georgia added an insurance run via a Tremayne Toorie sacrifice fly.

In the top of the ninth, the Jaguars mounted a late rally thanks to back-to-back fielding miscues by the Saints middle infielders. With runners on first and second with no outs, Patten buckled down and retired the next three hitters to seal the victory. 


The Saints look for their first conference series sweep of the season tomorrow, April 22.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.