March 10, 2013

McCurry's Ninth-Inning Double Leads Saints to 4-3 Win Over Jaguars

Story by Walker McCrary

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team trailed early to Augusta State on Sunday in the rubber game of the series but never stopped fighting and pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Jaguars.

North Georgia (6-13) would take the lead in the top of the ninth inning as freshman Jake McCurry hit a game-winning RBI double to right center field, scoring Devin Gearhart and Cameron Crawford.

Augusta State (9-13) opened up the scoring in the bottom half of the third as Justin Appel hit an RBI single through the left side to score two runs and take the early 2-0 lead.  Two batters later, Hunter Boose reached on a fielder's choice to score JD Sabo and stretch the lead to three.

That would be all the Saints would give up as Chris Cobb (1-1) came in and pitched the final 6.1 innings and allowed just three hits.

North Georgia would get their first runs in the top half of the fifth inning.  Travis Naraine would lead off with a double to left field. He would score two batters later on a Brad Barto sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-1.

Three batters later, Jesse Strickland would single to left field to score McCurry and make it a one-run game.

After McCurry's ninth inning double, Cobb would take over, sitting the Jaguars down in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win for the Saints.

McCurry led the way at the plate for the Saints, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.  Naraine went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Jacob Beauchamp got a no-decision for North Georgia after going 2.2 innings and allowing three runs and three walks.  David Bermudez (2-1) was tabbed with the loss for the Jaguars after coming in to the game in the ninth and allowing the double by McCurry.

North Georgia will now return back to the confines of Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega, Ga. to take on Anderson University in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, March 13.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.