DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University used a pair of grand slams and 13 unanswered runs to defeat Armstrong Atlantic State University 13-1 Saturday evening under the lights at Bob Stein Stadium in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints improve to 21-20 overall and 12-10 in the Peach Belt Conference with the victory, while Armstrong Atlantic falls to 27-15 overall and 6-10 in the league
The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the second inning with a two-out rally to make it 1-0. Michael Price and Josh Wilson notched back-to-back singles and Price raced home later in the frame on a wild pitch to give AASU the one-run lead.
The Saints answered right back in the fourth inning with a two-out bloop single off the bat of Adam Baker. Juan Dorado made a diving attempt on the play, but came up short as Jordan Erisman came home from second base to tie the game at 1-1.
North Georgia came back two innings later in the sixth frame and Baker came to plate again with runners on, this time with the bases jammed as Armstrong Atlantic elected to walk Andre Airich to load the bases for the Saints’ designated hitter. Baker made the Pirates pay, launching 3-2 fastball to left center, just clearing the fence for a grand slam to give North Georgia a 5-1 advantage.
In seventh inning, the Saints brought two more runs to plate as Craig Brisson doubled down the left field line to plate Daniel Petitti, and Airich singled to right field later in the inning to bring Brisson home and make it 7-1.
The Saints continued to add runs in the eighth as Nick Fryman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to send the freshman down to first base and force Baker to the plate and give North Georgia a seven-run lead at 8-1. The Saints would then pour on the runs, as Petitti stepped to the plate and blasted North Georgia’s second grand slam of the day to clear the bases and make it 12-1. Erisman would keep with the long ball theme two batters later, sending a liner over the left center field fence to cap the scoring and give the Saints a 13-1 victory.
Tyler Musslewhite (3-1) picked up the victory for the Saints, going 7.0 strong innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out five and walking six.
Thomas Gray (6-3) is tagged with the loss for Armstrong Atlantic, allowing six runs on six hits while striking out five in 6.2 innings for work.
These same two teams will play an Easter Sunday doubleheader special tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.