GREENWOOD, S.C. – The University of North Georgia baseball team opened its 2013 Peach Belt Conference schedule Saturday afternoon with a tough doubleheader at fifth-ranked Lander University. The Saints claimed the first game 7-2 before falling 11-0 in the day's second game.
Game One: North Georgia 7, #5 Lander 2
In the first game of the twinbill, the Saints (4-10, 1-1 PBC) out-hit the Bearcats 12-8 led by Devin Gearhart, Travis Naraine and Derek Hooper each with two hits. Gearhart went 2-3 at the plate while Naraine went 2-4. Both scored twice while Tremayne Toorie batted in three runs.
The Saints started things off with the first run scored in the top of the second before Lander answered with their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the same frame.
From there, North Georgia tacked on two runs in the third and fifth innings before plating single runs in the sixth and seventh to secure the five-run win.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Keinat pitched the first seven innings for the Saints, striking out seven batters, to improve to 1-2 for the year while Chris Cobb came in for the final two innings, giving up just two hits compared to three strikeouts.
Dylan Wolchick, a junior right-hander, went the first five innings for the Bearcats, but gave up five runs, four earned, to suffer his first loss of the season (3-1)
Game Two: #5 Lander 11, North Georgia 0
The second game was a different story as the Bearcats bounced back with an 11-0 win. The Bearcats were able to get four runs in the second, one in both the third and fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Jacob Beauchamp pitched the first two innings, giving up five runs, to accept the loss while Chess Malone pitched eight innings and struck out five batters to accept the win.
The Saints and Bearcats will close out the three-game series with the rubber game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.