April 6, 2013

Young Harris Sweeps Doubleheader From Saints in Baseball

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team was unable get much going in the way of offense Saturday afternoon as the Saints dropped both games of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader to the Mountain Lions of Young Harris College at Zell B. Miller Field. The Mountain Lions captured the first game 7-1 before holding on for a 9-6 victory in the second game.

Game 1: Young Harris 7, North Georgia 1

In the day's first game, the Saints (11-23, 3-14 PBC) scored their lone run in the top of the first inning when Young Harris' Andrew Moore hit Andrew Gordon with the bases loaded, driving in Jake McCurry.

The Mountain Lions (17-16, 7-13 PBC) would then go on to score two runs in the bottom half of the inning as well as two more in the fifth and seventh frames. Young Harris concluded its scoring in the eighth with a single run, just barely out-hitting North Georgia 7-6 in the process.

Moore was credited with the win in the game, pitching seven innings that saw him strike out two, walk four and give up just three hits while James Mills came in to record his first save of the season.

Clint Spratlin (1-3) was saddled with the loss in six innings of work. The left-handed junior struck out seven batters compared to three walks while giving up six hits and four earned runs.

Game 2: Young Harris 9, North Georgia 6

The day's second game saw the Saints produce better on the offensive side of the ball as they leaped out to an early 3-1 lead through the first two innings of play. Derek Hooper and Travis Naraine scored first for North Georgia in the first inning off a double to left field by Tremayne Toorie and John LaMay scored in the second off a single by Naraine.

The Mountain Lions did manage to score one run in the first inning, keeping the game manageable before plating three runs in the third to take the lead.

Young Harris would then add the final five runs in the fifth frame, including a grand slam by Zach Bricknell.

North Georgia made a strong late push to avoid the sweep, plating three runs in the top of the ninth, but were unable to overcome the rest of the deficit despite out-hitting Young Harris 14-11.

Jacob Beauchamp (0-5) pitched the first 2.1 innings and struck out four batters while accepting the loss on the mound while Tyler Isbell (1-0) came in to claim the win for the Mountain Lions. Donald Frew came into the game for the final out and was awarded his first save of the season.

The two programs will close out the series with a 2:00 p.m. single game on Sunday, Apr. 7.