Baseball Jumps Back into the National Poll at #27
– Coming off a week that saw the North Georgia baseball claim
three wins in four games, the Saints have jumped back into the
national picture, coming in at #27 in this week’s Collegiate
Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll released on Tuesday
North Georgia debuted in the first poll of the year at #24, but quickly dropped from the ranking after losing two of three at home to Pfeiffer on opening weekend. The Saints have now won four of their last five and six of their last eight dating back to February 19.
Head Coach Tom Cantrell’s squad has picked up victories in every season opener this season, but continue to struggle in doubleheaders, not sweeping a double dip in four attempts this season.
North Georgia is one of five teams ranked in the poll, as Francis Marion moved up one spot to #2 in the country, while Columbus State moved into the top 10 at #8, and GCSU is fourth in the league at #23 nationally. The Saints follow at #27, while UNC Pembroke dropped three spots and round out the poll at #30.
Last week, North Georgia traveled to Anderson University and dominated the Trojans 16-7 behind 21 hits and runs in seven of the nine innings. Chad Sage had a day at the plate, going 5-6 with five runs batted in and four runs scored, while Craig Brisson added a four-hit performance.
The Saints then open Peach Belt Conference play and took two out of three from UNC Pembroke over the weekend, including a 12-10 victory in the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints return to the diamond on Tuesday evening, traveling south to West Florida for a two-game set with the Argonauts. The series opener is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., while the finale is set to take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. as the Peach Belt and Gulf Coast Conference clash in mid-week action.