May 2, 2012

Erisman's Walk-Off Single Sends North Georgia Past Emory on Senior Night

Contact Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team would end the regular season with a walk-off single against the Emory Eagles to win 5-4 on Wednesday evening at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The Eagles struck first, scoring two with two outs in the top of the third.  The Eagles mounted a two-out rally by hitting four straight singles to score Wes Peacock and Kevin O'Connor.

The Saints would respond in the bottom of the fourth when Terrell Jones singled and took second on a wild pitch.  Two batters later, Travis Naraine would single to score Jones from second and bring North Georgia within one. 

North Georgia would knot the game at two in the seventh.  Eason Spivey lined a double into the left-center gap.  Two batters later, Spivey would score via a Jordan Erisman sacrifice fly.

Emory would waste no time taking the lead back as Matt Kohn hit a no-doubter over the left field wall to make the score 3-2. 

Things would get interesting in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Kenny Bellavance would lead off the inning with a single through the right side.  Two batters later, Jones would reach on an error by Eagle shortstop Kevin O'Connor.  After pitcher Dylan Finer threw a pitch past the Eagle catcher, he would balk to bring in Bellavance and tie the game at three.

The Eagles would score again in the top of the ninth.  After a leadoff walk on four straight pitches, Peacock stole second base and moved to third on a balk.  He would score on a Jared Welch double to make the score 4-3. 

In the bottom of the ninth, the Saints would mount another rally that started with a Spivey single through the right side.  Dustin Carpenter would step to the plate and attempt a sacrifice bunt, which was overthrown to first.  Spivey was able to score on the error from first and Carpenter moved over to third.  Erisman would then lined a base knock to right-center to end the game in walk-off fashion.

Starter Cody Clickner had a good outing, getting a no-decision and pitching five innings.  He gave up the two runs in the third and allowed 10 hits.  Phillip Taylor and Reese Patten combined to pitch three innings of one hit baseball while striking out five.  Patten would give up one run.  Jesse Coxwell faced one batter before being relieved by Taylor Keinat (4-4) to finish off the ninth inning and get the win. 

North Georgia honored their eight seniors before the game that played their final home game for the Saints.

The Saints will now travel to Columbus to participate in the Peach Belt Conference tournament.  They will play on Wednesday, May 9, against the No. 1 seed Armstrong Pirates.  First pitch is slated for 12:30 pm at Golden Park.