March 11, 2009

#7 Saints Fall Short, Split with Catawba College

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia jumped out to a first-inning lead, but the Indians of Catawba College rallied to defeat the Saints 7-3 Wednesday afternoon at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

The Saints fall to 15-8 overall as they split a two-game series with the Indians, while Catawba improves to 10-6 on the season.

The Saints jumped on the board first in the opening inning as Brad Hall guided a ball through the left side to bring Jordan Erisman for a 1-0 advantage.

Catawba would come right back and take the lead over the next two innings, scoring a run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly, and pulling ahead in the third frame on a Josh Hohn solo home run and a two-out single to make it 4-1 after five innings.

In the sixth, the Saints pulled to within a run as Andre Airich singled home Erisman, and Zach Bennett launched a solo home run two batters later as North Georgia made it a 4-3 Indian lead.

Catawba answered right back with two runs of their own in the seventh inning as Kevin McMillan doubled to left center with two outs to make the lead three runs again at 6-3. The Indians would add one more run to take game two 7-3 and earn a series split with the Saints.

Blake Ketner (4-0) picks up the win for Catawba, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. Mark Thomas (0-1) suffered the loss in relief, lasting 5.0 innings and giving up three runs on as many hits while striking out two.

North Georgia returns to action over the weekend, traveling to Georgia College & State University to take on the Bobcats for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series.