Story by Walker McCrary, firstname.lastname@example.org
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team split the series-opening doubleheader with Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon. The Saints (2-9) won the first game 5-4 before dropping the second 6-2 to the Falcons (2-11).
Game 1: North Georgia 5, Pfeiffer 4
Pfeiffer jumped ahead of the Saints early in the first game as Kyle Hackney singled up the middle, scoring Jon Gray in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The scoring was hard to come by until the bottom of the fourth when Tremayne Toorie hit his first triple of the season to lead off the inning. Eason Spivey followed the triple with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at one.
North Georgia would follow the tying run in the fourth with four runs in the fifth as the Saints sent 10 batters to the plate. Jesse Strickland started the scoring as he knocked in Cameron Crawford on an RBI double. Derek Hooper singled in the next at-bat, scoring Strickland.
After a stolen base by Hooper, Toorie sent a liner down the left field line, plating Hooper in the process. Travis Naraine would get the final RBI of the inning, scoring Toorie on a double to left-center.
The Falcons got one run back in the sixth as Gray scored on a Matt Wade single to left field, making the score 5-2.
Pfeiffer would score again in the top of the seventh on a Kevin Price RBI double to right field, scoring Jacob Yates. The Falcons got one more in the ninth before redshirt freshman pitcher Brandon Agar shut down the Falcons to clinch the 5-4 victory.
Christian Turnipseed picked up his first win of the season, going 6.2 innings and allowing just six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight batters. Agar got his first save of the season, going two innings and allowing two hits and a run while Pfeiffer's Bryan Tuttle picked up his fourth loss of the season.
Game 2: Pfeiffer 6, North Georgia 2
Game two saw the Saints score first on a Spivey double to the right field fence, scoring Toorie and taking an early 1-0 lead.
The Falcons responded with two back-to-back doubles in the second frame to tie the score before taking the lead in the fourth 2-1 on a Dalton Lindley single, scoring Cole McGraw.
North Georgia tied the score at two in the sixth inning after Toorie scored on a wild pitch by Ring.
Pfeiffer would have their best inning at the plate in the eighth when Wade and Hackney homered on back-to-back pitches to right and left field. After the two homers, the Falcons would plate one more run to make the score 6-2.
North Georgia could not plate another run in the game and the Falcons picked up their second win of the season.
Jeff Barkley (1-0) came on in relief for Pfeiffer and picked up the win, while Blake Gaubert (0-1) was tabbed with the loss. Taylor Keinat got a no-decision after pitching seven innings and allowing nine hits and two runs.
Toorie finished the day 5-for-8 at the plate with a triple, an RBI and four runs scored. Brad Barto went 2-for-4 in game two with two doubles.
The Saints will look to win the series in the rubber match against the Falcons tomorrow, February 24, at Bob Stein Stadium. First pitch is slated for high noon.