April 14, 2012

Saints Drop Opener, Rally for Nightcap Win at Montevallo

Contact: Steve Cunha,

MONTEVALLO, AL – The North Georgia baseball team split a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with Montevallo at Kermit A Johnson Field. 

- Game One – North Georgia 4,  Montevallo 5 (13 innings)

The Saints held late leads in both the eighth and 10th innings but errors did North Georgia in as the Falcons capitalized on the miscues. 

Jacob Beauchamp continued his strong freshman campaign tossing 6.1 innings striking out four and allowing two earned runs. Jordan Erisman was the tough luck loser for the Saints tossing 1.2 innings striking out a pair and allowing one run.

The Falcons took the early 2-0 lead plating a run in the home half of the third and fifth, but the Saints would rally scoring a pair in the top of the seventh when Dustin Carpenter and Tremayne Toorie hit back-to-back RBI singles. 

North Georgia took the lead in the eighth when Travis Naraine shot a two-out single through the left side to plate Derek Hooper.

The lead was short lived as the Falcons rallied in the bottom of the frame when the tying run came around to score on a throwing error. 

Neither team would score again until the top of the 10th when Naraine came up with a big two-out RBI. Once again the Falcons rallied as they scored the game-tying run on a fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the frame.

The Falcons would have the last laugh as designated hitter Chris Ross lined a one-out single up the middle to plate the game-winning run in the 13th inning 

- Game Two – North Georgia 8, Montevallo 4

North Georgia ace Blake Hobby delivered another quality start for head coach Tom Cantrell as he tossed 6.1 innings striking out seven and allowing just two runs to pick up his seventh win of the season. 

The offense came alive early for the Saints as they plated four runs in the third and three runs in the fourth giving Hobby a lead he would not surrender.

North Georgia jumped on the Falcons early scoring the runs first game of a fielding miscue before Derek Hooper laced an RBI single and Matthew Black followed two batters later with a double down the left field line that scored a pair. 

The Saints added to their lead in the fourth when Jordan Erisman and Hooper hit back-to-back home runs.

From there North Georgia was in cruise control as Hobby and the bullpen held Montevallo at bay. 

Offensively, Erisman, Hooper, Black and Tremayne Toorie had multi-hit games for the Saints.

The Saints wrap up the weekend series with Montevallo tomorrow, April 15. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.