April 16, 2011

Saints and Jags Split Doubleheader in Peach Belt Play

DAHLONEGA, GA – In a strong offensive showing in game one of a doubleheader, the North Georgia Saints coasted to a 15-0 win over Augusta State in a battle for conference tournament spots.  On the flip side of the coin, the bats went silent in game two, falling 3-1 to the Jaguars.

Junior Blake Hobby allowed only five hits over eight innings of shutout ball to earn the game one win.  Hobby mowed down the Jags with 11 strikeouts and allowing only one walk.

At the plate, Kenny Bellavance (4-5) and Jordan Erisman (3-6) led a myriad of Saints with good offensive performances.  Bellavance had 3 RBIs, including a solo home run in the fifth inning.  Erisman pounded a pair of doubles and a 3-run homerun for 4 RBIs on the night.

After jumping our to a 1-0 lead in the first off a Terrell Jones (3-5)  RBI single, the Saints rolled four runs across the plate, two coming off a Bellavance 2-out single in the frame.  North Georgia extended the lead to 8-0 with a three run frame in the fifth.

Leading 9-0 going to the bottom of the eighth, the runs kept rolling for North Georgia, putting a cap on the game with six runs.

In game two, Senior Daniel Warzon took the loss of the Saints as a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fifth were the eventual deciding factor in the game.  Wazon pitched 4.2 innings, allowing no earned runs and only one hit, while striking out three.

Augusta State took their first lead of the game in the top of the second after Jeff Rice scored on a Kevin Dodson fielder's choice.  The Saints tied the game in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of three Jaguar errors.

Warzon entered the game in the top of the fourth for Saints starter Wes Coberly.  With runners on first and third with one-out, Warzon pitched Augusta State into an inning-ending double play.

In the top of the fifth, a walk and hit batsman set up the game winning scores.  A throwing error on an Augusta State bunt allowed the two runs to score. 

North Georgia threatened in the bottom of the sixth with bases loaded and no outs, but could not push any runs across.

The two teams will match up in the series finale on Sunday at 1:00PM at North Georgia's Bob Stein Stadium.