April 1, 2012

Saints Split Sunday Afternoon Doubleheader at Georgia College

Contact: Steve Cunha,

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – After dropping the open game of the series on Saturday, the North Georgia baseball team split a doubleheader with Georgia College on Sunday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference action at John Kurtz Field.

The Saints (16-16, 6-12 PBC) took game one 10-5, but the dropped the rubber game, falling 14-10 in game two.

Game 1: North Georgia 10, Georgia College 5

The Saints scored in all of the odd numbered innings en route to the victory. Blake Hobby picked up the win, improving his record to 5-2 on the year as he tossed eight innings, while allowing four earned runs and striking out five. Reese Patten sealed the victory pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Saints jumped on the Bobcats early scoring in the first when Kenny Bellavance knocked a run scoring groundout to shortstop to plate Jordan Erisman who led off the inning with a double to right field.

In the third the Saints were at it again when Matthew Black hit an RBI single to right, scoring Bellavance.

After allowing four runs over the first two innings Hobby would settle down and retire the Bobcats in order in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Trailing 4-2 in the top of fifth the Saints would rally to score three and take a lead that Hobby would not surrender. Bellavance hit a triple down the right field line that sent both Erisman and Eason Spivey racing home and Black followed with an RBI single to center.

North Georgia added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Erisman led off the inning with a solo shot to left field and three batters later Black hit an sac fly to right.

In the ninth Black would put the game out of reach when knocked a three-run homer to dead center.

Offensively Black led the charge going 4-4 with six RBI's, while Erisman and Bellavance each had multi-hit games.

Game 2: Georgia College 14, North Georgia 10

Play was sloppy in game two as the teams combined to score 24 runs, pound out 32 hits and commit seven errors.

Taylor Keinat started for the Saints and got chased after just 2.2 innings of work, allowing a season-high eight runs and 10 hits. Phillip Taylor suffered the loss in 1.2 innings of relief work, allowing one run and one hit.

In total six pitchers saw action for North Georgia and five of the six allowed a run.

The defensive woes continued for North Georgia as they committed an error for the seventh straight game.

Black stayed hot in game two as he added two more hits and four more RBI's, while Tremayne Toorie had the first multi-game of his collegiate career. Erisman continued his successful senior campaign going 3-6 with three runs scored.

The Saints return to the friendly confines of Bob Stein Stadium on Wednesday, April 4, when they faceoff against Anderson in non-conference action.