April 23, 2008

24th-ranked Saints rally to down Crusaders 10-4

North Georgia to host senior day saturday at 8:00 p.m.

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University found themselves down by four runs in the fourth inning, but rallied to score ten unanswered runs and pull out a 10-4 victory over North Greenville University Wednesday night under the lights in non-conference action.

The 24th-ranked Saints improve to 33-18 on the year, while the Crusaders fall to 8-37-1 on the season.

North Greenville got the offense started in the fourth inning with a Curt Marshall two-run blast to left field to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. After Mark Bordeaux drove in a run on a ground out, Chris Harbit added another run courtesy of a single through the right side, plating Jacob Hardin for a 4-0 fourth inning lead.

The Saints came right back in the bottom of the inning and got on the board with a Daniel Petitti double to left field, scoring Chad Sage and making it a 4-1 game. North Georgia would add two more runs in the fifth inning on a Andre Airich single to right field to plate Logan Sharrett. Sage followed and sent a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring another run and pulling the Saints to within a run at 4-3.

Rob Flanigan would tie the game up in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Craig Brisson home from third and knotting the game at 4-4. After a quiet seventh inning, North Georgia came out grabbed the lead in the eighth on a Josh Tate bases loaded walk for a 5-4 lead. Sage would have the biggest blow of the night however, following with a grand slam to left field and giving North Georgia a 9-4 advantage. Petitti added another run later in the inning with an RBI single to cap a sixth run eighth inning and 10 unanswered runs by the Saints for a 10-4 win.

Michael Patton (6-2) picked up the win in relief, tossing four innings of one hit ball while striking out four in relief of Jesse Coxwell.

Daniel Goodnight (1-8) suffered the loss, lasting two innings and allowing four hits and four earned runs while walking three.

North Georgia (33-18) will return to action at home on Saturday, April 26, hosting Emory University at 8:00 p.m. as the Saints recognize Chris Curtis and Neil Krock on senior night.