March 13, 2012

Carson-Newman Jumps on top Early, Take Down Saints 8-2

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball dropped their fourth straight contest on Tuesday evening, falling 8-2 to Carson-Newman at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The win snaps a three-game winning streak for the Saints (11-9) against the Eagles (12-13) who avenged a 7-2 loss to North Georgia earlier in the season at the Carolina Outdoors classic.

North Georgia had chances all day, but they failed to capitalize on them as they stranded nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.

For the fourth straight game, the Saints allowed a run in the first inning, digging themselves an early hole as starter Wes Coberly gave up a two-out solo homer to Kyle Koeneman.

The Eagles increased their lead in the top of the fifth when they added four runs on four hits. The big blow came when cleanup hitter Lance Reed stepped into the box with the bases loaded and hit bases clearing triple to deep left center. Lance Rorex followed with a single to right center to give Carson-Newman the 5-0 lead. 

The Saints rallied in bottom of the six when Matthew Black hit a two-out, two-run double to left center cutting the deficit to just three, but they would be all the offense North Georgia would muster.

The Eagles put the game out of reach in the top of eighth when they scored three runs on three hits with the big blow coming off the bat of Troy Zawadzki who delivered a two run double down the left field line. Three batters later, Koeneman hit a sac fly center to cap the score in the inning and the contest. 

The Saints threatened in the bottom of the frame as they loaded the bases without getting a hit, but Eagles reliever Ryan Fillers got Andrew Gordon to pop out and Tremayne Toorie to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Wes Coberly got the loss tossing five innings allowing five runs on eight hits, while Brandon Timmerman earned his second win of the season for the Eagles. 

Black was the lone bright spot for the Saints as he accounted for three of the teams seven hits and both RBI's.

The Saints wrap-up the midweek series tomorrow, March 14, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm at Bob Stein Stadium.