March 16, 2013

Baseball Drops PBC Road Doubleheader to Flagler 8-4, 16-10

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The University of North Georgia baseball team opened up its three-game Peach Belt Conference series with Flagler College by dropping a pair of games by 8-4 and 16-10 despite leaping out to early leads in both contests.

North Georgia falls to 7-14 overall and 3-5 in PBC action while Flagler improves to 11-14 overall and 4-10 in the league.

The two teams registered 45 hits between the two games with Kenny Bellavance and Tremayne Toorie each recording five hits.

Game-one: Flagler 8, North Georgia 4

In the day's first game, Toorie started the scoring drive for the Saints with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. By the end of the day, he would have gone 5-8 with two home runs, five runs batted in and three runs scored.

The Saints from Dahlonega then added another run in the top of the third when Devin Gearhart scored off a single by Bellavance before North Georgia was able to add another two runs in the fifth.

Unfortunately, that was all the scoring for North Georgia as Flagler would go on to score its first two runs in the fifth followed by three runs in the sixth and seventh frames to win the game 8-4 despite North Georgia out-hitting Flagler 9-7.

Toorie, Bellavance, Gearhart and Jake McCurry all registered two hits in the contest while Jake Hanson and Andrew Brodbeck also went 2-4 in the game.

Taylor Keinat pitched the first five innings of the game, striking out four batters while relinquishing four runs but earned a no-decision as Chris Cobb (1-2) came in for one and one-third innings, giving up the final four earned runs. Danny Brown pitched all nine innings for Flagler as he fanned six batters en route to improving to 2-3 for the year.

Game-two: Flagler 16, North Georgia 10

Similarly to the first game, North Georgia jumped out to another early lead in the day's second game with a single run in the first inning before scoring six more in the second off seven hits. In the second frame, Toorie knocked his second homer of the day, a three-run shot that also scored Strickland and John LaMay.

But Flagler was able to answer in the bottom of the frame with five runs off three hits and two North Georgia errors. The Flagler Saints then tied things up in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo run before North Georgia edged back out front with one run in the fifth.

Flagler then blew the score back open in the next three innings with one run in the fifth, seven more in the sixth and another two runs in the seventh inning off seven combined hits and three more errors by the North Georgia Saints.

North Georgia was able to score single runs in the eighth and nine innings, but could not generate enough offense to close the gap any further.

Once again, Toorie led the way at the plate for North Georgia with a 3-5 performance that included four RBI and two runs scored while Bellavance went 3-6 with an RBI and two runs.

Jake Jacob went 3-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in the second game to lead Flagler at the plate.

Redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Brandon Agar (2-3) was saddled with the loss for North Georgia in one-third of an inning pitched after Clint Spratlin pitched the first five innings. Tyler Ward pitched the first four and one-third innings to improve to 2-0 for the season while Mike O'Reilly came in for the final three innings to earn his first save of the year.

North Georgia and Flagler will renew their rivalry on Sunday, Mar. 17 with a single game at 1:00 p.m. Following the final game of the three-game set, North Georgia will travel to Carson-Newman for a pair of games on Tuesday, Mar. 19 and Wednesday, Mar. 20.