April 3, 2013

Saints Baseball Earns 7-5 Win Over West Georgia in 10 Innings

CARROLLTON, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team earned a 7-5, extra-inning road win over the University of West Georgia Wednesday evening as the two squads combined for 18 hits and nine errors at Cole Field.

The Saints (10-21) never trailed in the game despite the Wolves (19-15) tying things up 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth off a Dylan Coleman single that scored Jake Shirley to send the game to a 10th frame.

But that would not hold the Saints at bay for long as they rallied with two runs in the next inning. Andrew Gordon scored first off a single by Travis Naraine (2-5) before Eason Spivey scored his third run of the game off a single by Devin Gearhart.

Gearhart (2-5) finished the game with three runs batted in as he also scored Derek Hooper and Spivey in the top of the second to start the scoring drive. Both Naraine and Gearhart were the only two Saints to register multiple hits in the game.

The Saints scored their three other runs in the fourth inning off two hits and an error. The scoring included Spivey scoring off a Jesse Strickland single to left field and Naraine scoring off a walk my Jake McCurry with the bases loaded. Gearhart rounded out the scoring in the inning when he crossed off an RBI by Kenny Bellavance.

The Wolves did not make things easy on the Saints as they scored a run in the third and three in the fifth before scoring Shirley scored the tying run with two outs registered.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Agar (5-4) pitched the final 1.2 innings, striking out two, to secure the win on the mound for UNG while Alex Allen (0-2) was saddled with the loss in 1.1 innings of work that saw him give up three hits, two runs and one walk.

North Georgia will next step back into its Peach Belt Conference slate with a three-game road set against Young Harris College. The Saints and Mountain Lions will start their rivalry on Saturday, Apr. 6 with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. The second game will follow at 4:00 p.m. with the two programs closing out their series with a 2:00 p.mm. single game on Sunday, Apr. 7.