April 19, 2011

Saints Use 18 Hits to Soar Past Emory University 11-7

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team scored in five different innings on Tuesday evening on their way to an 11-7 victory over Emory University at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

Having won four of their last five games, the Saints improve to 26-16 overall on the year and 16-2 in non-conference games, while the Eagles see their current skid hit three games, falling to 25-15 on the season.

Patrick Riebsame put the Eagles on top in the first inning with a two-out two-run blast down for the left field line to give Emory a 2-0 lead. For Riebsame, the senior belted his eighth home run of the year on the play, and drove in his team-leading 39th and 40th runs of the season.

The Saints had an answer in the bottom half of the opening inning however, using a ground out from Kenny Bellavance to plate a run, before Chad Sage singled down the right field line knot the score at 2-2.

North Georgia continued to swing the bats over the next two innings, as Troy Snitker singled home a run in the second, and Sage was at it again in the third inning, sending a fly ball down the right field that clanked off the foul pole for the senior's second long ball of the year.

The Saints held a 4-2 lead until the fifth inning when the Eagles came alive again, this time sending four runs to plate and taking a 6-4 lead. Andrew Cohn doubled down the left field line to send the second run of the frame racing home, and Daniel Iturrey reached on an error with two outs to plate a pair and put the Eagles right back out in front.

North Georgia would knot the score the bottom half of the inning, using a bases loaded walk by Brad Hall and a wild pitch to plate two runs and make it 6-6. The hit parade continued in the sixth inning as the Saints pounded out eight base knocks and plated five runs, capped by a two-run single from Alan Fredriksson to put North Georgia back on top 11-6. Emory would add a single run in the eighth inning, but the North Georgia bullpen held off the Eagles for the 11-7 victory.

Alex Simmons (4-2) picks up the win in relief, lasting 3.0 innings and allowing a run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three.

Connor McGuiness (0-1) suffered the loss in just 0.1 innings of work, allowing five runs on six hits, while recording just one out.

The Saints return to action over the weekend, welcoming King College to town for a three-game series. The two teams will play Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., before wrapping up the weekend set with doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.