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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team lost its fourth straight game in a shootout to Lander 16-10 in Monday's regular season Peach Belt finale.
With the loss, the Saints (23-26, 13-17 PBC) dropped their fifth PBC series, while Lander (34-16, 18-12 PBC) won their fifth straight contest.
In this weekend's sweep, Lander outscored North Georgia by a combined score of 43-15. The Bearcat batters brought the hot bats to Dahlonega, hitting nine home runs in three games.
The bats were hot early for the Saints, knocking in four runs in the first inning. The inning started with four straight singles by Jordan Erisman, Derek Hooper, Kenny Bellavance and Matt Black. After Erisman and Hooper scored on the Black single, Andrew Gordon doubled, scoring Bellavance. The scoring was capped by a Travis Naraine sacrifice fly, which scored Black.
After the first inning, both teams brought out the bats, scoring a combined 21 runs over the next five and a half innings. The Saints ran the Bearcats starter Cory Hopper out of the game after just two innings, while North Georgia's starter Taylor Keinat exited the game after 3.1 innings of work as Lander's bats began to heat up.
After Lander took the lead 14-10 in the sixth inning, the North Georgia bats went cold as the Saints batters combined to go 2-14 through the final four innings. The Bearcats would add two insurance runs in the top of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Philip Taylor (0-2) took the loss for the Saints, going 1.2 innings and allowing four earned runs. Bearcats pitcher Scott Elitzky (4-1) got the win after pitching three innings of relief and allowing two earned runs.
The Saints will return to action in the regular season finale and Senior Night on Wednesday, May 2, as they take on the Emory Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Bob Stein Stadium.