March 31, 2009

Walks Plague Saints in 10-5 Loss to West Florida

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University managed nine hits, but the Argonauts of West Florida were not to be denied, outlasting the Saints 10-5 Tuesday evening under the light at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.

The Saints fall to 19-17 overall, while West Florida carries their record to 24-15 on the season.

In the last of the first inning, Andre Airich provided a spark with a solo blast down the right field line, his fifth home run of the year to give North Georgia a 1-0 lead.

West Florida would not be down for long however, plating six runs in the second innings before adding single runs in the fourth and fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 10-1 lead. Kyle Brown delivered a bases loaded triple in the second frame, clearing the bases as part of the six-run inning.

West Florida added runs on singles by Zach Cates and Greg Pron in the second inning, before Brandon Brewer singled to center field in the fifth inning to bring Tyler Hastings Racing home and extend the Argonauts lead to seven runs at 8-1.

After West Florida added two more runs in the sixth frame on a throwing error, the Saints got back in the scoring column with a double off the bat of Adam Baker, bringing Airich all the way around to score and make it 10-2.

North Georgia added a single run in the seventh before plating two more in the eighth to bring the Saints to within five runs at 10-5. Airich singled home the run in the seventh, while Craig Brisson sent a liner to right field to plate Logan Sharrett for the final run of the game.

Brandon Garcia (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season in the defeat, allowing five earned runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Ryan Sorce (3-2) picked up the win for West Florida, lasting 6.0 innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three.

These same two teams will go at it again tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium.