February 24, 2013

Baseball Wins Rubber Game Over Falcons 5-4 in 10 to Take Series

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – It took some late-game heroics and a key error by Pfeiffer University, but the University of North Georgia baseball team claimed its first series of the season with a 5-4, 10-inning win over the Falcons Sunday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium.

The win in the rubber game of the weekend series improved the Saints to 3-9 heading into Peach Belt Conference play next weekend while the Falcons fell to 2-12 after being out-hit by the Saints 10-7.

The two teams swapped nearly identical two-run home runs to left field in the first inning with Tremayne Toorie knocking his second homer of the season in the bottom of the frame to score Derek Hooper. Both Toorie and Hooper went 3-5 on the day with Toorie registering three runs batted in while Hooper scored two runs.

Pfeiffer would then find the advantage in the top of the fourth inning with Cole McGraw scoring. The Falcons followed that up by adding another run in the next frame when Jon Gray scored off a sacrifice fly by McGraw.

Down 4-2, North Georgia continued to work hard at the plate and it paid off in the bottom of the sixth when first baseman Brad Barto singled through the left side to score Eason Spivey and pull the Saints within one.

It wouldn't be until the very end of the ninth inning before North Georgia could find the game-tying run. With two outs and Hooper standing on second, Toorie once again came up big for North Georgia with a single RBI up the middle that gave the speedy Hooper more than enough time to cruise home and push the game into extra innings.

Following a three-up, three-down inning in the top of the 10th by redshirt freshman Brandon Agar and the Saints' defense, Travis Naraine was walked giving the Saints the winning run on with one out when Barto once again stepped to the plate. This time, he singled to left field where the left fielder overshot the ball on the ground. Naraine wasted no time as he rounded second and third and slid into home to capture the win for the Saints.

Agar (1-2) pitched the final 2.2 innings for North Georgia to record his first win on the mound, relinquishing a hit and two walks, one intentional, but no runs. Jeff Barkley pitched just 1.1 innings, but was responsible for the game-winning run to fall to 1-1 on the season.

North Georgia will now hit the road, traveling to Greenwood, S.C. where the Saints will open PBC play against the eighth-ranked Lander University Bearcats. The two programs will play a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 2 before closing their series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.