February 22, 2014

Huge Fifth Inning Rally Propels Nighthawks Past Anderson 16-12

DAHLONEGA, Georgia - (UNGAthletics.com) - The University of North Georgia baseball team took game two of a three-game series against Anderson University by a score of 16-12 on Saturday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium. A huge fifth inning from Eason Spivey would help propel the Nighthawks in the high-scoring affair.

After a Tremayne Toorie walk to start the bottom of the first inning, Joey Cecere and Eason Spivey both followed with singles loading the bases. Trevor Sams then hit into a double-play but Toorie was able to score on the play. UNG would go on to score one more run on an Anderson error.

The Nighthawks would tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth, extending the lead to 3-0, as Toorie knocked in Travis Naraine, who walked earlier in the inning.

Clint Spratlin worked efficiently through the first four innings, giving up only one hit and striking out four. However, Spratlin hit Anderson shortstop Brett Cash to start the inning. The next six batters would all reach base. Anderson's Steven Cooper then belted a two-RBI double down the right field line before Nathan Galliford would follow with a three run homer completing the nine-run fifth inning.

North Georgia would then respond with a monster bottom of the fifth inning. Spivey led the inning off with a bomb to left field followed by base hits from Naraine and Corey Crawford.

After batting around in the inning, Spivey would come up to the plate again with two runners on -- he would deliver again. Spivey ripped a two-run double off the new Trojan pitcher, Will Walls, giving UNG a 10-9 lead.

Spivey finished the day 3-4 with four RBI's and a walk.

Some much needed insurance would follow in the bottom of the sixth inning highlighted by a Ryan Raper RBI single to left field and a two-run sac fly from Toorie. The Nighthawks would post four runs on only two hits in the inning, giving them a 14-9 lead.

Over the next three innings, Jacob Beauchamp, Josh Bryan, and Christian Turnipseed would collaborate to close the door on the Trojans rally. After tallying three runs against Beauchamp, AU was unable to notch a hit against Turnipseed. The junior collected his fifth save on the season.

Josh Wolfe was credited with the victory in the game, moving him to 2-0 on the season for UNG.

From the plate, Cecere, Naraine and Raper each added multiple-hit afternoons for the Nighthawks. 

The win improves North Georgia to 7-4 on the season and game three against Anderson will be played February 23rd with first pitch at 1:00 PM.

Story By: Chris Natsch, UNG Athletic Communications Student Assistant