DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team's bat were hot Saturday afternoon, giving the Saints a shot at the upset over the No. 6 Argonauts of the University of West Florida, but West Florida was able to escape Bob Stein Stadium with a 4-3 win when it was all said and done.
The Saints (1-8) out-hit the Argos (8-0) 11-9 in the game and had the tying run on third base in the form of Jake McCurry who walked before Tremayne Toorie stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs registered on the board, Toorie chopped the ball to the shortstop and came within a half step of beating the throw out at first while McCurry raced home, but the throw barely beat Toorie to the bag and ended the game.
The Argos took the early 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning off two hits and an error, but Taylor Keinat and the Saints' defense silenced the Argos' bats from there and gave North Georgia's offense a chance to work back into the game.
In the bottom of the fourth frame, Travis Naraine put the Saints on the scoreboard before Hooper and McCurry tied things up in the bottom of the fifth at 3-3.
Jeremy Bajdaun gave the Argos what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth inning when Dustin Saulmon singled with a well-placed bunt.
Eason Spivey went 3-3 at the plate while McCurry finished the game 2-3 with a run scored. Andrew Rodriguez had the most productive outing at the plate for the Argos with a 2-3 performance including one run scored.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Agar pitched the final two innings and secured three strikeouts while giving up just the one run, but accepted the loss to fall to 0-2 for the season. Matt Vollenweider came in for the final inning and two thirds to earn his first decision of the year.
The Saints will close out their time in the 2013 North Georgia Classic with a 3:30 p.m. match against Shorter University on Sunday, Feb. 17. Prior to North Georgia's game, Millersville University and West Florida will square off on the diamond at 12:00 p.m.