April 7, 2010

No. 15 Saints Top Southern Wesleyan 12-6

Photos By Luzny Photography

Story by Cody Clickner

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Saints of North Georgia hosted Southern Wesleyan, an NAIA opponent for a non-conference game on Wednesday evening, recording 19 hits on their way to a 12-6 victory over the Warriors at Bob Stein Stadium. 

North Georgia improved to 25-11, 16-7 at home, and 7-2 in night games on the season, while Southern Wesleyan fell to 3-18 overall. 

The North Georgia bats lead the way for the Saints in the early going as Andre Airich hit a monster home run for the Saints in the bottom of the first to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.  Southern Wesleyan rallied for three runs on four hits off starter Matt Adams in the first two innings. 

The resilient Saints came roaring back in the bottom of the second, putting up a two-spot to once again take the lead from Southern Wesleyan.   The bullpen went to work in the top of the 3rd and held the Southern Wesleyan hitters quiet, allowing North Georgia to grab a comfortable four run lead in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Along with Airich, Troy Snitker proved to be a catalyst for the offense going 4-5 while scoring three runs for the Saints.  Justin Yackee picked up his 2nd win of the season giving up one run in two innings of work. Michael Patton pitched a scoreless 9th inning to close out the Warriors.

The 15th ranked Saints will take on the 9th ranked Patriots of Francis Marion in a critical Peach Belt conference matchup.   A double header is slated to start Saturday at 1:00 P.M., and the third game of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:00 P.M.