DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The University of North Georgia (UNG) baseball team dropped its midweek contest at Bob Stein Stadium Wednesday night 11-3 in seven innings to Valdosta State University after the Blazers scored eight runs in the top of the seventh innings. The game was cut short following the seventh due to lightning around the area.
Valdosta State (23-14) claimed the season-sweep over the Saints (15-25) after winning the first meeting between the two 6-2 on February 3.
North Georgia committed four errors in the seventh inning, part of seven total in the game, while giving up the eight runs, three earned. The Blazers tallied four hits in the inning as part of 11 hits and just one error in the game.
Valdosta State scored three single runs scattered through the second, fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead, holding the Saints scoreless and hitless into the sixth when North Georgia broke through with three runs and three hits to tie the game. Jesse Strickland, Derek Hooper and Tremayne Toorie scored the trio of runs for UNG.
However, things fell apart in the top of the next frame as the Blazers came storming back into the lead with their eight runs. The Saints were unable to cut the deficit in the bottom of the inning and the game was cut short following the Saints' half of the frame due to the declining weather conditions.
Jacob Beauchamp (0-5) pitched into the seventh inning, but was credited with just 6.0 innings of work in accepting the loss. Beauchamp struck out five but gave up eight hits and four runs while Dom Demasi (1-1) came in for the final two outs of the sixth to record the win after Josh Mann started the game and struck out six compared to three walks and just one hit.
North Georgia will continue its homestand with a three-game Peach Belt Conference series against the University of Montevallo. The Saints and Falcons (26-15, 13-11 PBC) will start things off with a single, 7:00 p.m. game on Friday, Apr. 19 and will then close things out for the series with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 20.