DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team erased a five run first-inning deficit on Tuesday evening and rallied back to take down West Georgia 10-9 on a walk off infield single at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
The Saints win their sixth straight game, improving to 30-16 on the year with the series sweep of the Wolves, while West Georgia falls to 18-27 on the season.
The Wolves could do little wrong in the first inning as they put six hits on the board and pushed across five runs to take the early lead. Michael Hollis provided a pair of the runs with a two-run double to center field, and Nick Sperounis capped the scoring in the top half of the opening inning with a single up the middle to plate Hollis.
The Saints answered with an offensive surge of their own in the bottom of the first frame, as Jordan Erisman led off and doubled to center field and Derek Hooper and Troy Snitker followed with back-to-back singles to put North Georgia on the board. Kenny Bellavance then notched an RBI single, and Chad Sage capped the three-run inning with a ground out to pull the Saints to within a pair at 5-3.
West Georgia was at it again in the second inning when Andy Marinelli tripled home a run, and later scored on a two-out single to right field by David Buchanan to give the Wolves a 7-3 advantage.
North Georgia erased the West Georgia lead in the third inning, as Terrell Jones and Sage provided RBI singles to pull the Saints to within two runs, before Brad Hall connected with two outs and belted a three-run blast over the fence in left center to give North Georgia their first lead of the day at 8-7.
The Saints held that one-run lead until the seventh inning when Hollis reached on an infield single, and Garrett May stepped to the plate and drilled a home run down the left field line to give West Georgia the lead right back at 9-8.
North Georgia used some two-out magic in the bottom half of the inning to even up the score when Jones singled up the middle to send Erisman diving in just under the tag at home to make it 9-9.
The Saints would be deadlocked with the Wolves headed to the last of the ninth inning and Alan Fredriksson led off and drilled a double to left center to put North Georgia in business. After a fly out moved the winning run to third, a pair of intentional walks set up an infield single by Jones to plate Fredriksson and give the Saints a 10-9 walk off victory.
Daniel Warzon (4-1) was the winner in relief, tossing 2.2 innings and giving up just one hit, while walking one and striking out two. Brandon Crumbley (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits, including the game-winning double to lead off the ninth inning.
The Saints return to action over the weekend, welcoming PBC member Flagler College to town for a three-game non-conference set. The series opener is set for Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.