March 16, 2011

No. 11 Saints Soar Past Eagles 6-5 for Series Sweep

JEFFERSON CITY, TN – The 11th-ranked North Georgia baseball team had to rally from a pair of deficits on Wednesday afternoon and used four unanswered runs to come away with a 6-5 victory and series sweep over Carson-Newman College at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex.

The Saints continue to roll, winning their sixth straight game and improving to 17-6 on the year, while running their non-conference record to 13-1 on the season. The Eagles, who entered the two-game series having won four straight, fall to 10-18 after back-to-back defeats.

North Georgia was off to a rough start in the early going as Kyle Burchfield walked the first two batters of the game and the Eagles made him pay with a single off the bat of Jonathan Dalton, sparking a two-run inning and giving Carson-Newman an early lead.

North Georgia knotted the score in the fourth inning when Derek Hooper led off with a single to left field and Troy Snitker followed and belted his second home run of the year, a game-tying two-run blast to make it 2-2.

The Saints handed the lead right back to Carson-Newman in the bottom of the frame as North Georgia committed two errors and the Eagles took advantage with three runs, including a two-run single by Lance Rorex to give C-N a 5-2 edge.

With the North Georgia bats answering every challenge in the series, the Saints responded in the fifth inning as Hooper stepped to the dish with two outs and drilled his first home run of the year, a three-run blast to knot the score once again, this time at 5-5.

The game would be deadlocked until the seventh inning when Erisman was hit by a pitch and later came round to score on the fourth balk of the game, giving North Georgia a 6-5 lead that they would never relinquish.

Alex Simmons (3-1) picked up with the win for the Saints, tossing 3.1 innings and allowing just one hit and no runs, while walking one and striking out four. Daniel Warzon was credited with a two-inning save, giving up one hit and striking out two as North Georgia pitchers held the Eagles to two hits and no runs over the final five innings.

The Saints will now turn their attention to another Peach Belt Conference series over the weekend, traveling to the University of Montevallo for a single game on Friday, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday against the Falcons.