GREENWOOD, SC – The North Georgia baseball team picked up a pair of wins on Friday evening, taking both ends of a doubleheader 14-5 and 6-2 at Lander University in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Saints take the doubleheader sweep, improving to 19-10 overall and 6-8 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Bearcats continue their slide of five losses in the last six games, falling to 16-14 overall and 5-5 in league action.
The North Georgia offense exploded in the opener, using 18 hits and scoring in six of the nine innings to run away with a 14-5 victory. The Saints pulled away for good with six runs in the seventh inning, using just a pair of hits, but benefiting from two Bearcat errors to take a 13-5 lead. North Georgia capped the inning with back-to-back bases loaded walks by Jordan Erisman and Derek Hooper to plate the final two runs of the frame.
Dustin Carpenter showed off some power in the fifth inning with a leadoff home run, a solo shot to left field for his third blast of the year, sparking a three-run frame as Hooper singled later in the inning to send two more runs racing home.
Daniel Warzon (2-0) came on in relief and was lights out, tossing 4.2 innings and giving up four hits and no runs, while striking out eight and walking one. Cory Hopper (5-1) suffered the loss, lasting just 4.1 innings and allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits.
The Saints used a four-run seventh inning in the nightcap to pull away and snag a 6-2 victory and the doubleheader sweep. The four-run seventh frame featured back-to-back hits by Kenny Bellavance and Troy Snitker to plate all four runs put North Georgia in front for good.
North Georgia jumped on top in the second inning when Chad Sage lined a two-out double down the left field line, sending Carpenter racing home to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. After Lander knotted the score in the fifth inning, both teams traded runs in the sixth inning to set up North Georgia's fourth-run seventh inning to seal the win.
Blake Hobby (3-2) earned the win in 6.0 innings of work, allowing five hits and two earned runs, while walking two and striking out 11. Jacob Rickett picked up his ninth save of the year in 3.0 inning of work, striking out five batters and not allowing a run.
The Saints will go for the three-game sweep on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Legion Field in Greenwood, South Carolina.