February 10, 2013

Saints Drop Rubber Game to Tornado 5-4 in Baseball

Story by Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team rallied late but fell short, dropping the deciding game of the series to King College (Tenn.) 5-4 on Sunday at Bob Stein Stadium.

The Saints (1-5) fell in an early hole as King's Jose Sola got on base via an error and made it around to score in the first inning.

North Georgia would tie it up in the fourth inning as Derek Hooper hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Devin Gearhart, making the score 1-1.

After loading the bases in the sixth, King would bring Landon Weitekamp to the plate. Weitekamp doubled to the fence in left-center field, plating three Tornado runners to increase their lead to 4-1.

King College would add one more run in the seventh, as Sola came across the plate again on a Corey Snyder single, making the score 5-1.

North Georgia put together a ninth inning rally, sparked by Tremayne Toorie's two run homer to left-center. Gearhart would come across the plate to bring the lead to within one but could not pull out the win as Sola came in for his first save of the season.

Taylor Keinat was credited with the loss and drops to 0-2. Wes Houser (1-1) was credited with the win for the Tornado.

Toorie went 1-3 at the plate with his home run.  Edwin Arias and Gearhart each went 2-4 in the loss.

North Georgia will return to action in the North Georgia Classic next Friday, Feb. 15, at Bob Stein Stadium. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m. against Millersville University. The University of West Florida and Shorter University will follow in a 7:30 p.m. game.