February 6, 2009

#17 Saints Thrill Crowd with Late-Innning Blast

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DAHLONEGA, GA – 17th-ranked North Georgia went down to the wire with Pfeiffer University in their first game of the season and used a two-out three-run blast from Anders Oster in the eighth inning to send the Saints home 4-1 winners at the brand new Bob Stein Stadium.

Pfeiffer jumped on the board in the third inning when Eric Shoemaker walked, stole second, and Will Davis singled to centerfield to score the game’s first run.

The Saints responded in the fourth inning as Brad Hall sent a line drive down the left field line that cleared the fence and tied the game at 1-1.

A pitchers duel dominted the middle to late innings as Ben Beard struckout 12 in six innings of work for Pfeiffer, and James Wiley held the Falcons at bay over seven innings of work.

With both teams putting up single runs early in the game, North Georgia capitalized on an infield single and a walk in the eighth inning to send Oster to the plate for the late-inning heroics.

Justin Yackee (1-0) picks up the win for North Georgia in relief, tossing a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts, while Jacob Rickett came on in the ninth and slammed the door for his first save of the year.

With the brand new Bob Stein Stadium open to the public for the first time, 274 spectators piled into the facility, while nearly 100 fans watched from the trail behind the left field fence.

#17 North Georgia (1-0) returns to action tomorrow afternoon, hosting #12 Delta State University at 3:00 p.m., while Pfeiffer University (2-2) will take on the Statesmen in the early game at 12-noon.