Baseball Wins 5th Straight, Blasts Stillman 15-1
DAHLONEGA, GA – The 22nd-ranked North Georgia baseball team continued their perfect run to open the year, breezing by Stillman College 15-1 on Saturday evening at Bob Stein Stadium behind timely hitting and complete-game pitching performance.
The Saints stay unbeaten on the year, improving to 5-0 on the season, while Stillman drops their third straight, falling to 4-3 overall as the two teams will battle again on Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
The game was scoreless until Daniel Warzon led off the third inning and took the first pitch he saw and blasted a solo shot to left field, breaking the scoreless deadlock and giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. For Warzon, it was his seventh hit in 11 trips to the plate this season as the senior transfer's average sits at .636 heading into Sunday's weekend finale.
The rest of the offense followed Warzon's lead over the next three innings, combining to score 12 runs and take a commanding 13-0 lead. Jordan Erisman had the big hit in the fourth, stroking a bases loaded single to left field that cleared the bases, giving North Georgia a 6-0 lead.
Six runs in the fourth was followed by three runs in each of the next two innings, before North Georgia capped their scoring with a two spot in the eighth inning. Erisman paced the offense with three hits, four runs batted in, and two runs scored, while Terrell Jones and Dustin Carpenter continued their good work, each adding a pair of hits in the win.
Blake Hobby returned to midseason form on the mound, picking the up the complete-game win as the junior allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out nine and not walking a single batter.
The Saints will look for their second straight three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon as North Georgia will oppose Stillman for the third time in as many days. First pitch at Bob Stein Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. as the Saints look for their sixth straight victory to start the 2011 season.