March 18, 2011

Falcons Hold off Saints for 6-5 Series Opening Victory

MONTEVALLO, AL – The 11th-ranked North Georgia baseball team scored four unanswered runs on Friday evening, but the University of Montevallo held on for a 6-5 victory at Kermit A. Johnson Field in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Saints see their six-game winning halted, falling to 17-7 overall on the year, and 4-6 in Peach Belt Conference, while the Falcons get back to the .500 mark at 12-12 overall and 2-5 in league action.

Jordan Erisman was the bright spot for North Georgia offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate and driving in three runs, including an infield RBI single in the fourth inning to send Alan Fredriksson home and cut the Falcons' lead in half at 2-1.

Montevallo answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, with the dagger coming off the bat of Austin Dubberly who doubled to left center, plating three runs and giving the Falcons a 6-1 lead.

The Saints rallied back in the seventh inning, using four runs of their own to cut Montevallo's lead to just a run at 6-5. Erisman was at it again, capping the rally with a two-run single up the middle, but North Georgia was unable to pull even as the Falcons held on for the series opening victory.

Blake Hobby (2-2) suffered the loss for North Georgia, lasting just 3.2 innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits, while walking one and striking out two. Michael Patton came on in relief and was nearly untouchable, allowing a single hit and striking out seven in 4.1 innings of work.

Will Dismukes (3-3) was the winner in 5.1 innings of work, allowing a run on seven hits, while walking three and striking out six. Wes Rich earned his second save of the season, tossing the ninth inning with all zeros.

The Saints and Falcons will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon to wrap-up the weekend series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Kermit A. Johnson Field on the campus of Montevallo.