March 20, 2013

Baseball Clips Eagles' Wings with 5-2 Victory

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The University of North Georgia baseball team closed out its two-game series with Carson-Newman College with a 2-0 record. The Saints picked up their second win in as many days over the Eagles with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

The Saints improve to 9-15 while the Eagles fall to 13-15 for the year with their 11th straight loss.

Senior Kenny Bellavance gave North Georgia a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he scored off an error as the Carson-Newman catcher tried to catch Tremayne Toorie stealing, but the shortstop misplayed the throw. Bellavance would later score off a single to center field by Toorie giving him four runs scored against Carson-Newman.

Eason Spivey would extend the Saints lead to 2-0 after doubling to left field and scoring when the Eagles' pitcher overthrew the first baseman while trying to throw Jesse Strickland out at first.

Both Spivey and Bellavance collected two hits in the game with each going 2-4 at the plate.

Carson-Newman committed all three of their errors in the first two innings and had two players reach base off walks while two more reached after being hit.

The Eagles were able to get one run back in the bottom of the second frame and another in the ninth before placing the tying run on first with two outs on the board. However, North Georgia's defense stepped up behind relief pitcher Chip Fleming to record the final out of the game and secure the win as Brandon Roberts popped up to Brad Barto at first.

Blake Gaubert (2-1), a freshman right-hander, pitched the first six innings and gave up the lone unearned run in the contest but struck out three of the 28 batters he faced. Fleming came in for the final three innings of work to earn the save.

The Eagles were forced to dig deep into their bullpen as five different pitchers took the mound in the game, but it was Clayton Eames (0-1) who accepted the loss in three and one-third innings of work.

North Georgia will next return home for a three-game, two day Peach Belt Conference series against the eighth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers. The Saints and Pacers will first square off in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 23 before closing out the series with a single game on Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1:00 p.m.