February 23, 2014

North Georgia Scores Four Unanswered To Complete Sweep Of Anderson 4-3

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – A pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings made the difference in the University of North Georgia baseball team's 4-3 victory over visiting Anderson University on Sunday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium.  The win is the Nighthawks' eighth in their last nine games and moves the team to 8-4 on the season following the three-game sweep of the Trojans.

Anderson (3-12) scored a single run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead over the Nighthawks. 

AU's Landon Beck pitched five scoreless innings before the UNG offense was able to crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth.  Joey Cecere started the two-out rally with a single before a blast over the left field fence by Eason Spivey cut the AU lead to 3-2. 

An inning later the Nighthawks took advantage of a pair of throwing errors by the Trojans to tack on two more runs.  Travis Naraine and Beau Welborn each crossed the plate after Anderson threw a pair of balls into right field. 

Trace McDaniel earned the win on the mound in his first action of the season pitching an inning and a third of no-hit baseball.  The senior right-hander relieved starter Blake Gaubert who pitched five and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts against seven hits. 

The UNG bullpen threw three and one third innings of clean work allowing just a single base runner.  Chip Fleming followed McDaniel and retired all four batters he faced before Christian Turnipseed came in to record his sixth save in six tries collecting the final two outs of the game on just three pitches. 

Offensively, Cecere extended his on-base streak to 12 games with a 2-4 performance from the plate.

With the loss, Beck moves to 1-1 on the season despite posing 11 strikeouts.  The two teams traded seven hits on the day.

"Anderson's Beck pitched great.  He is the best guy we have seen this year," said head coach Tom Cantrell.  "Cecere got us started with the two-out single and Eason's (Spivey) blast really got us going.  This team has really grown up a lot after the last four weekends. Our schedule is about to really toughen up with a senior-laden Lander team coming in for our Peach Belt opener next weekend."

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, March 1 when the team hosts 13th-ranked Lander in the Nighthawks' Peach Belt Conference opener.  The doubleheader is set for a 2:00 first pitch.