February 1, 2014

Saint Leo Takes Pair From North Georgia Baseball 16-6 & 7-3 On Opening Day

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Visiting Saint Leo University spoiled the University of North Georgia baseball team's 2014 opener downing the Nighthawks 16-6 and 7-3 in a doubleheader at UNG's Bob Stein Stadium.  The third and final game of the series is slated for a 1:00 first pitch Sunday afternoon.

In the opener, SLU exploded for six runs in the top of the third fueled by three consecutive hits and capped by a three-run homerun by Fran Whitten. 

North Georgia cut the lead in half with three runs in the bottom of the fourth all courtesy of a three-run bomb by Andrew Gordon

The visiting Lions would tack on four more runs in the top of the next frame highlighted by a homerun by Dylan Harris. 

North Georgia was able to score one run in the bottom of the sixth and two in the eighth inning by virtue of a two-run homerun from Eason Spivey.

Gordon finished the game 3-4 from the plate with five RBI's while Spivey added a 3-5 performance from the plate with three runs scored.

Christian Turnipseed took the loss on the mound allowing nine runs, all earned, in four innings of work. 

In the nightcap, it was the Nighthawks who scored first in the game, putting two runs on the board in the third inning to take their first lead of the day.  Tremayne Toorie doubled scoring Joey Cecere and would later score on a single by Travis Naraine

The Lions retaliated in the fifth inning to tie the score. In the top of the sixth, Saint Leo tacked on another two, though North Georgia answered back in the bottom of the inning to score one.

Heading into the seventh with a 4-3 score, neither team plated a run in the inning, but Saint Leo returned in the eighth with another run, and sealed the victory in the ninth with two more, capping the 7-3 victory.

Toorie finished the second game going 4-5 from the plate with a pair of RBI's.