February 15, 2013

Baseball Falls 4-1 to Millersville in First Game of North Georgia Classic

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team fell behind early Friday evening, and despite sending the go-ahead run to the plate with bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Saints fell 4-1 to Millersville University in the first game of the 2013 North Georgia Classic.

The Marauders (2-2) capitalized on 10 hits and three errors by the Saints (1-6) to secure their second win of the season. Zach Stone started things off for Millersville by plating Evan King off a double to left-center field before Jeremy Musser singled through the right side to score Stone.

The Saints' defense and pitching staff held its own over the next four innings, not giving up another run until the top of the sixth when Musser scored off a Tyler McDonald single, but the Saints were unable to find the answer.

The two programs then swapped single runs in the seventh inning with Devin Gearhart scoring off a ground out by Travis Naraine for the Saints.

In the eighth inning, North Georgia threatened the Marauders' lead as they loaded the bases off three walks, but the Marauders were able to get out of the inning without relinquishing another run.

Junior right-handed pitcher Christian Turnipseed accepted his second loss of the season in four innings of work but not before he struck out three batters and picked a runner off at second base with a beautiful move to close out the first inning.

Tim Mayza claimed his first win of the season as he went seven innings while giving up five hits and striking out five batters. Zipko came in for the final out of the eighth inning and pitched the complete ninth inning to record his second save of the season.

North Georgia will next play the sixth-ranked University of West Florida Argonauts on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:00 p.m. Following the game between the Saints and Argos, Millersville will take on Shorter University at around 4:30 p.m.