Bears Prey on Saints 11-1 to Cap Regular Season
DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team could do little right in their regular season finale on Wednesday evening, allowing 13 hits and falling 11-1 to Truett-McConnell College at Bob Stein Stadium in non-conference action.
North Georgia ends the regular season on a two-game slide, falling to 32-18 on the year, while Truett-McConnell picks up a road victory and improves to 25-25 on the season.
The Bears took the early lead with a pair of hits in the second inning, using a perfectly executed hit and run by Cole Godwin to send Buck Harris racing home and give Truett-McConnell a 1-0 advantage.
TMC continued to produce timely hitting in the third inning, as Brian York sent a single up the middle with a pair of runners aboard and Ross Roberts raced to the plate, sliding in under the tag to double the Bears' lead and make it 2-0.
The North Georgia pitching struggles continued into the fourth inning as the Saints went to the bullpen four different times in the frame and the Bears pushed across four runs on just three hits. Four walks in the inning fueled the rally, while North Georgia handed TMC a pair of runs with a bases loaded walk and hit batter to cap the four-run frame.
The run parade rolled on for Truett-McConnell in the fifth inning as the Bears put their second consecutive four spot on the board and stretched their lead to double digits at 10-0.
North Georgia finally pushed across a run in the sixth inning on a pair of hits, including a Chad Sage liner up the middle to plate Troy Snitker and cut the Bears' lead to nine at 10-1. TMC added a single run in the top of the ninth to cap the scoring and take the 11-1 victory.
Michael Patton (2-2) suffered the loss in 3.1 innings of work, allowing six hits and three runs, while walking one and striking out three. Kyle York picked up the win in 5.0 innings of work, giving up just four hits and no runs, while striking out a pair.
The Saints will now turn their attention to the opening round of the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Sunday evening against Armstrong Atlantic. North Georgia will battle the Pirates at 7:30 p.m. at Golden Park in Columbus, Ga., in game No. 4 of the tournament.