February 17, 2013

Shorter Uses Late-Game Rally to Defeat Saints 4-2 in 10 Innings

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Sunday afternoon. However, the Shorter University Hawks were able to use a late-game rally to extend the game into an extra inning where the Hawks scored two runs to claim a 4-2 win.

Jesse Strickland and Tremayne Toorie scored in the bottom of the first for the Saints (1-8) after starting pitcher Jacob Beauchamp retired the last two batters he faced in the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

That would prove to be the only scoring to occur early as the game then progressed scoreless through the next six innings with both teams' defenses stepping up. The two teams combined to leave 18 runners stranded on the bases.

In the top of the eighth inning, Shorter (1-9) was able to start its rally when Willie Lewis scored off a single to left-center field by Jesse Gavigan. The Hawks then added another run in the next inning when Dustin Evans scored off a single by Lewis, tying the score.

Stuart Charleston pitched all 10 innings for Shorter to claim his first win of the season and, along with his defense, managed to retire the last six batters while the offense scored two final runs in the 10th frame. Charleston struck out 10 batters and didn't surrender a walk while Chris Cobb was saddled with the loss for North Georgia in just one inning of work.

North Georgia will next welcome Pfeiffer University to Bob Stein Stadium for a three-game, weekend series. The Saints and Falcons will start things off on Friday, Feb. 22 with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m. The two will then continue their rivalry on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. first pitch before closing out the series at high noon on Sunday, Feb. 24.