No. 12 Saints Explode Early, Topple Trojans 19-5
– The North Georgia baseball team exploded for their largest
offensive output of the season on Tuesday evening, pounding out 18
hits en route to a 19-5 victory over Anderson University in
non-conference action at Bob Stein Stadium.
The Saints are now winners in seven of their last eight games, improving to 23-9 on the year, while the Trojans fall to 12-24 on the season.
North Georgia blew the game wide open in the early going, scoring five first-inning runs, before coming back with two in the second, five more in the fourth, and a seven spot in the fifth inning capped the scoring for the Saints. Anderson tallied two runs in the fourth, a single run in the sixth, and two in the ninth as the Saints picked up the 19-5 victory.
Anders Oster had a career day at the plate for the Saints, going 3-for-5 with a home run, five runs batted, and two runs scored. His three-run blast down the left field line in the fourth inning was part of a five-run frame to give North Georgia a 12-2 advantage.
Chad Sage was 2-for-3 at the dish with a walk, four runs scored, and a run batted in, while Kenny Bellavance stayed on his hot streak with three more hits and three runs scored for the Saints. Troy Snitker scored three times and drove in as many runs, while junior Brad Hall tallied a pair of hits and drove in two runs.
Anderson added a solo run in the sixth on Sawyer’s second home run of the season – a shot to left center. The Trojans pushed two runs across in the ninth when Chance Thomas reached on an error and Saxon hammered his team-leading sixth homer of the season over the left field fence.
Jesse Coxwell (1-2) picked up the win in 3.0 innings of work, allowing a pair of hits and no runs, while Matt Adams, Nick White, Alex Simmons, and Justin Yackee all came on in relief to close out the Trojans.
The Saints return to action over the weekend in a key Peach Belt Conference west division showdown against the Cougars of Columbus State University. The two teams are set to play a single game on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m., before a doubleheader on Saturday will start at 1:00 p.m.