YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team out-hit the Mountain Lions of Young Harris College 13-8 Sunday afternoon as the Saints won 8-4 in the two teams' Peach Belt Conference series finale.
The Saints (12-23, 4-14 PBC) were led by Derek Hooper who went 5-6 at the plate with two runs batted in and another run scored as three other Saints registered multiple hits in the win over the Mountain Lions (17-17, 7-14 PBC).
North Georgia started the scoring early with four runs in the top of the opening inning off back-to-back home runs by Tremayne Toorie and Kevin Krupp. Toorie's homer, his team-leading fifth of the season, also scored Travis Naraine and Hooper in the process while Krupp's came on the first pitch he saw.
Young Harris managed to break the shutout with a single run in the bottom of the second frame. It was a run that North Georgia matched that run in the top of the next inning when Toorie scored his second run of the game off a Brad Barto sacrifice fly to left-center field.
The Saints capped off their scoring drive in the fifth with three more runs spurred by an Eason Spivey homer to right field. Four batters later, Hooper ripped a double to center field that drove in Jake McCurry and Barto.
The Mountain Lions were able to cut the deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth with two outs registered, but that was as close as they would come as they stranded four runners between the last two innings.
Taylor Keinat (2-5) pitched the first 7.2 innings that saw him strike out two batters while giving up one walk, five hits and two earned runs while recording the win on the mound. James Mills (2-3) pitched the first two innings, striking out five, but gave up eight hits and five earned runs to accept the loss.
North Georgia will now return home for nine games, including three non-conference games, starting with a 7:00 p.m. single out of conference contest against Georgia Gwinnett College. The game against the Grizzlies will also serve as the Saints' "Military Appreciation Night" at Bob Stein Stadium.