April 22, 2011

Saints Dethrone King College with Three Home Runs

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team scored runs in each of the first three innings on Friday evening to the lead the Saints to an 11-0 victory over King College at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

The Saints have now won five of their last six games, improving to 27-16 overall and 17-2 in non-conference action. The Tornado see their current losing streak hit seven games, falling to 20-19 on the year.

The Saints scored in the opening inning with a two-out rally, using a walk from Troy Snitker and a double to right center off the bat of Terrell Jones to send Snitker racing home and break the scoreless deadlock.

North Georgia added another run in the second inning as Chad Sage led off the frame with a solo shot off the scoreboard in right center, his third home run of the year to double the Saints' lead at 2-0.

The offense continued to roll in the third inning, recording five hits and four extra base hits on their way to five more runs and a 7-0 lead. Erisman led off the frame with a triple, but Dustin Carpenter had the big blow, blasting a two-run homer down the left field line to cap the five-run inning.

King College put together a rally in the fifth inning when Steven Mueller was hit by a pitch with two outs, and Garrett Cook followed and doubled to the gap in left center, but the Saints' defense put together a perfect relay and Mueller was gunned down at the plate to end the inning and the biggest threat of the night by the Tornado.

North Georgia added a single run in the fifth inning and used the long ball again in the eighth inning to pull away, this time a three-run blast from Troy Snitker to send the Saints racing out to an 11-0 advantage.

Starting pitcher Andrew Wallace did the rest, tossing a complete-game shutout and allowing just three hits, while striking out four. The senior tossed 126 pitches in all 9.0 innings of work, with 85 of them crossing for strikes.

The weekend series continues on Saturday afternoon, as the Saints and King College will play a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.