AMERICUS, GA – North Georgia College
& State University dropped game one 4-3 in walk-off fashion,
but rallied with 14 runs on as many hits to take the nightcap 14-9
over Georgia Southwestern Saturday evening in Peach Belt Conference
With the doubleheader split, the Saints move to 25-22 overall and 14-12 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Hurricanes move to 16-30 on the season and 7-16 on the league.
In the opener, errors plagued the Saints all game as five miscues, including two in the ninth inning, led to the game-winning runs. North Georgia led 3-1 heading to the ninth, but a pair of runs on two hits and two errors led to the 4-3 walk-off victory.
Tyler Musslewhite tossed a gem in the no-decision, going 8.0 innings and allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out nine and walking just one. Garrett Lussi (1-1) suffered the loss, coming on in the ninth and lasting one-third of an inning, giving up one hit and two runs while hitting a batter.
Jordan Erisman, Daniel Petitti, and Chad Sage each drove in a run in the loss, while Craig Brisson tallied a trio of hits in five attempts.
In game two, the Saints exploded for 14 runs on as many hits, scoring a single run in the first, before plating runs in each of the last five innings for the victory. North Georgia was down a run heading to the seventh, but scored three in the seventh and eighth innings, before adding one more in the ninth for the five-run victory.
Andre Airich and Logan Sharrett drove in three runs apiece, while the infield duo combined for five hits in eight plate appearances. Zach Bennett drove in a pair of runs on two hits, and Lussi came back in the nightcap to pick up the victory and improve to 2-1 on the season.
These same two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Hurricane Field. The series finale will also be the final regular season conference game for the Saints who have eight non-conference games remaining on the schedule.