March 27, 2012

Carpenter's Four Hits Pace Saints Past Anderson Trojans

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ANDERSON, SC – The North Georgia baseball team ran their winning streak to three games on Tuesday evening as they topped Anderson 10-6 in non-conference action at Memorial Stadium.

The Saints (15-14) jumped above the .500 mark with the win, while Anderson (10-26) dropped their second straight non-conference matchup.

Wes Coberly won for the second straight start as he tossed five innings, surrendering eight hits and allowing two earned runs, while Kyle Francis was on the hook for the loss, lasting five innings and allowing five runs. 

The Saints scored early and often as they jumped on the Trojans plating three runs in the top of the second thanks to a triple from Dustin Carpenter that plated Travis Naraine and Terrell Jones. One batter later Eason Spivey made the lead 3-0 when he ripped a double to left center to score Carpenter.

North Georgia added to their lead with a run in both the third and fourth innings as Jones hit a sac-fly and Spivey knocked an RBI single. 

The Saints were at it again in the top of the sixth when Naraine hit a one out triple to left field and Carpenter followed with his second home run of the season to make it 7-1.

In the bottom half of the frame the Trojans cut into the lead when Brett Scarberry hit a three run shot to left field. 

North Georgia would respond adding insurance runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Jones and Andrew Gordon had RBI hits to bring the Saints lead to 9-4. The following inning Jordan Erisman put the game out of reach when he hit a sac fly to left field.

The Trojans started a mini rally in the bottom of the eighth plating two runs on four hits, but Reese Patten was able to get himself out of the jam. In the ninth Phillip Taylor came on to seal the victory for the Saints. 

Offensively, Carpenter led the way going 4-4 with four RBI's and four runs scored, while Spivey, Naraine and Derek Hooper each had multi hit games for the Saints.

North Georgia returns to the diamond later this week when they travel to Milledgeville, Georgia, to take on Georgia College for a weekend series in Peach Belt Conference action.