March 19, 2011

Falcons Soar Past Saints for Weekend Series Sweep

MONTEVALLO, AL – The University of Montevallo baseball team completed a three-game weekend sweep of 11th-ranked North Georgia on Saturday afternoon, taking both ends of a doubleheader 10-1 and 2-0 to send the Saints packing in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia falls to 17-9 overall and 4-8 in Peach Belt Conference action, while the Falcons find new life, improving to 14-12 overall and 4-5 in league play.

Game one was all about Montevallo's offense, as the Falcons recorded 13 hits with six of those coming in a six-run fifth inning to propel Montevallo to a 10-1 victory. Josh Dabbs and Heath Peterson combined for six hits, seven runs batted in, and three runs scored to pace the Falcons.

North Georgia scored their only run of the game in the third inning when Cameron Crawford and Jordan Erisman recorded back-to-back base knocks, and Derek Hooper flied out to right field, sending Crawford home to knot the score at the time at a run apiece. Montevallo would answer with three runs in the bottom of the third, before exploding for six more runs in the fifth inning for the 10-1 win.

Kyle Butler (3-2) was the winning pitcher, lasting 6.0 innings and surrendering six hits, while Bretty Roney tossed the final 3.0 innings and earned his first save of the season. Wes Coberly (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits, while striking out two in 4.0 innings of work.

The series finale proved to be a pitcher's duel, as the Falcons scored the game's only runs in the third inning, stringing together a trio of hits to score two runs and escape with a 2-0 win.

Erisman tallied three of the Saints' seven hits, but North Georgia left seven runners on base and were shutout for the first time on the 2011 season. Andrew Wallace (2-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing 10 hits, but giving up just the two runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Alex Guilford (4-2) allowed all seven North Georgia hits in 6.1 innings of work, but did not allow a run and recorded three strikeouts. Wes Rich notched his third save of the year in 2.2 innings of no-hit ball.

The Saints will look to get back on track next Wednesday, welcoming Valdosta State University to town for a non-conference showdown. First pitch at Bob Stein Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m.