March 16, 2010

Cantrell Grabs 600th Win in 17-2 Defeat of Eagles

Photos by Luzny Photography

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The 17th-ranked North Georgia baseball team continued their domination in mid-week games on Tuesday afternoon, pounding Carson-Newman 17-2 at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

The Saints improve to 16-7 overall, having won eight of their last 10 games, while Carson-Newman falls to 13-8 on the season.

The win for the Saints is another milestone for head coach Tom Cantrell who picked up his 600th career victory. Cantrell is in his 11th season as the skipper at North Georgia and 15th season overall, after starting his career with four seasons at Dekalb College/Georgia Perimeter.

North Georgia’s bats were out in full force on Tuesday, recording 17 runs on 19 hits led by sophomore Jordan Erisman who had a day, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and seven runs batted in, including a grand slam as part of a four-run fourth inning.

The Saints would follow a four-run fourth frame with their biggest offensive output of the season with eight runs in the fifth inning, including another blast for Erisman, this time a three-run long ball to give North Georgia a 14-1 lead.

North Georgia kept swinging the bats in the seventh with three more runs on as many hits to take a 17-1 advantage. Lance Pope and Adam Baker came off the bench to bring home a pair of runs as the Saints ran away with the 15-run victory.

Kenny Bellavance had a career day at the plate with four hits and three runs scored, while Troy Snitker added three hits and a run batted in.

Jeff Lockwood was the bright spot for Carson-Newman offensively, going one-for-four with a run batted in, while Zack Long tallied a pair of hits in three attempts.

North Georgia’s James Wiley (3-0) was the winning pitcher, notching the first complete-game of the year for the program. The junior from Atlanta, Ga., allowed eight hits and two runs, both earned, while walking one and striking out two.

Robby Thigpen (1-3) suffered the loss for the Eagles, lasting 3.1 innings and giving up six hits and five earned runs while walking three.

North Georgia and Carson-Newman will play the final game of the two-game series Wednesday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.