March 30, 2013

Saints Drop Series Closer 5-3 to 18th-Ranked Braves

Story by Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team drop game three of the three-game series against the 18th-ranked University of North Carolina-Pembroke Braves 5-3 on Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium.

The Saints (10-21, 3-12 PBC) struck first in the opening frame as Jake McCurry hit a leadoff triple down the right field line and scored on a Kenny Bellavance infield single to take the early 1-0 lead.

The Braves tied the contest at one in the top of the third as Jordan Edgerton got his first RBI of the day on a single, scoring Zade Denton.

North Georgia retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as the Saints sent eight batters to the plate. Tremayne Toorie hit an RBI double to left center, which scored Jesse Strickland. Toorie scored on the next at-bat as Bellavance hit his second RBI single to stretch the lead to 3-1.

The Braves' Edgerton would get his second RBI in the top of the fifth, knocking in Denton again on an RBI double to right center to cut the lead to one.

UNC Pembroke scored again in the sixth inning on a Max Gagnon single to left field, which scored Drew Cole to tie the game at six.

The Braves scored single runs in the seventh and the eighth innings on RBI singles from Ben Schumucker and Gagnon to get to the 5-3 final score. The runs from the sixth, seventh and eighth innings were all unearned.

Dale Innes (4-1) took credit for the win, coming in relief of Logan Cook in the third inning. Innes pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out six.

Brandon Agar (4-4) was tabbed with the loss for the Saints after going 2.1 innings and allowing three runs, none earned, and seven hits. Starter Jacob Beauchamp went five innings and allowed two runs and struck out four.

Andrew Gordon and Bellavance went 2-4 at the plate for the Saints. Bellavance had two RBIs and Gordon had a double in the loss.

The Saints will go out of conference for a single game against the West Georgia Wolves on Wednesday, April 3. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Cole Field in Carrollton, Ga.