JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The University of North Georgia baseball team leapt out to an early lead Tuesday afternoon, with the Saints keeping the foot on the accelerator as they cruised to a 14-10 victory over Carson-Newman College.
The Saints (8-15) out-hit the Eagles (13-14) 20-13 in the game and also capitalized on six errors by Carson-Newman. Tuesday's loss was the 10th-straight for the Eagles.
North Georgia started things off quickly with five runs in the top of the first inning off six hits. They would then score three more in the second frame while the Eagles scored one run in the first and two in the second.
Carson-Newman would fight back, closing to within one run as the Eagles scored four runs in the fourth inning before tying things up with another run in the fifth, but North Georgia would go on from there to retake the lead for good with three runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and two final runs in the eighth inning. The Eagles did manage one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
Senior Derek Hooper and freshman Tanner Scroggins led the way for North Georgia at the plate on Tuesday as both were perfect. Hooper went 4-4 with five runs batted in and three runs scored while Scroggins went 3-3 with two runs scored and another batted in.
Seniors Brett Wright and Kenny Bellavance as well as junior Brad Barto each recorded three hits with Wright scoring three runs and knocking another two in while Bellavance scored two runs. Barto logged a pair of doubles and five RBIs on the day.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Chris Cobb pitched the first 3.1 innings, but earned a no-decision as redshirt freshman Brandon Agar (3-3) came in for the final 5.2 innings to record the win. Agar struck out seven batters and gave up just three runs, all earned.
Senior Evan Faithful pitched the first 1.1 innings and gave up seven earned runs and eight hits but did not earn a decision as junior right-handed hurler Brandon Timmerman was saddled with the loss after 4.1 innings that saw him give up four earned runs.
The Saints and Eagles will renew their rivalry in one final game, tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.