March 25, 2012

Saints Rally Late, Take Series from Georgia Southwestern

Contact: Steve Cunha,

AMERICUS, GA – The North Georgia baseball team rallied late on Sunday afternoon to take the rubber game 6-5 in a weekend series against Georgia Southwestern at Hurricane Stadium. 

The Saints (14-14, 5-10 PBC) have won back-to-back for the first time since the opening weekend of conference play, while the Hurricanes (5-26, 3-14 PBC) lost their sixth straight conference series.

North Georgia ace Blake Hobby returned to his old form as he tossed eight innings to run his record to 4-2 on the season. Phillip Taylor worked a perfect two thirds of an inning to seal the victory and pick up his first career save. 

The Saints jumped on the Hurricanes early once again as they scored two in the top of the first. Matthew Black and Terrell Jones hit back-to-back RBI singles with one out, but Hurricanes starter Matthew Suggs was able to retire Dustin Carpenter and Andrew Gordon to get out of the jam.

The Hurricanes evened the score in the bottom of the frame thanks in part to two errors by North Georgia. 

The Saints jumped back in front in the top of the fifth when jones smacked a two-out double down the right field line to score Kenny Bellavance.

Again the Hurricanes responded in the bottom of the frame scoring three runs on four hits to take a 5-3 lead. The big blow in the inning came when Beau Parker singled to center to plate a pair. 

North Georgia came back two innings later when Bellavance whacked a double to left center to knot the game at five as Jordan Erisman and Eason Spivey came charging home. Bellavance would come around to score the game winning run a batter later as he raced home on a wild pitch from Hurricanes reliever Justin Lott.

Suggs picked up the loss for the Hurricanes as he tossed 6.1 innings, striking out six and allowing all six of the Saints' runs. 

Offensively, Bellavance led the charge going 3-5 with two RBI's, while Black, Jones and Gordon each had multi-hit games as well.

The Saints return to the Diamond on March 27, when they travel to South Carolina to take on Anderson in non-conference action.