May 2, 2010

Flagler Takes Finale with Walk-off Homer in 10th

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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Flagler College used a walk-off home run off the bat of Dagmar Pena on Sunday afternoon to salvage the series finale as North Georgia took two of three in the battle of the Saints at Flagler Stadium.

In a weekend series that featured a trio of one-run games, North Georgia moves to 33-16 on the year, while Flagler is now 28-22 on the season.

A pair of stellar pitching performances was the story on Sunday afternoon as Flagler’s Johnny Gaines (8-5) and North Georgia’s Matt Adams both tossed complete games, but it was Gaines who came out on top with the 10-inning victory. Adams (0-3) was the tough-luck loser as the freshman tossed nine plus innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, while walking just two and striking out seven.

Craig Brisson now sits alone as North Georgia's all-time hit leader as the senior took the fourth pitch of the game and lined a double to center field, giving the Lawrenceville, Ga., 325 career base knocks.

Chad Sage gave North Georgia the lead in the second inning, blasting a solo home run to field, the first long ball of the three-game series. Sage's team-leading 13the home run of the season put the Saints on top 1-0.

Flagler wasted little time knotting the score at a run apiece as the home Saints rallied with a run in the bottom half of the second frame to make it a 1-1 game. Payne Maddox did the damage with a single through the left side, sending Travis Coverston home who reached on a walk, but it was Pena who provided the game-winner with the solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 10th innings.

North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday evening, playing host to Truett-McConnell College in what will be the Saints final home game of the 2010 season. The event will serve as senior day for the 10 North Georgia seniors playing in their final games at Bob Stein Stadium.