April 6, 2012

Beauchamp Tosses North Georgia Past Columbus State in Series Opener

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak on Friday evening as they defeated No. 23 Columbus State 4-2 in Peach Belt Conference action at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The Saints (17-17, 7-12 PBC) won their first conference home game in a month and a half despite leaving 13 runners on base, while the Cougars (23-14, 10-9 PBC) dropped their second straight contest.

Freshman Jacob Beauchamp picked up his fourth win of the season going 8.2 innings allowing just two runs on two hits and striking out five, while Levi Puto picked up the loss tossing 6.1 innings and allowing all four North Georgia runs. 

Reese Patten picked up his second save of the season coming on with two runners on in the ninth and retiring a pinch hitter to seal the victory for the Saints.

Beauchamp continues to impress in his first season in Dahlonega as he has gone at least six innings in each of his last four starts. Since entering the starting the rotation Beauchamp has gone 2-1 with 21 strikeouts and allowing just 20 hits in 30 innings. 

After not scoring a run in a 12-inning loss to Anderson on Wednesday, the Saints wasted no time getting on the board as they scored in the home half of the first. Derek Hooper got things started with a one out single up the middle and Kenny Bellavance followed with an infield single.

Matthew Black stepped to the plate and delivered a clutch single through the left side to plate Hooper. Black would not be done as he would later add a two run single in the bottom of the fourth. 

Black continues to sizzle at the dish as he went 4-for-4 with three RBI's. Black has had multi-hit games in each of the last three conference games.

The Saints would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Hooper smacked an RBI single to center to plate Andrew Gordon

Hooper, Kenny Bellavance and Travis Naraine each joined Black and had multi-hit games. The Saints finally got big contributions from the heart of their order as the 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 8-11 with three RBI's and two runs scored.

The Saints wrap up the weekend series against the Cougars with a doubleheader tomorrow, April 7. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.