April 29, 2012

Bearcats Break Out the Bats, Sweep Away Saints in Sunday Doubleheader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team dropped both ends of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon to Lander on Vaughn Grizzle Day at Bob Stein Stadium. 

The Saints (23-25, 13-16) were swept in a conference doubleheader for the first time since St. Patrick's Day, while the Bearcats (33-16, 17-12) have now won four straight Peach Belt Conference games.

- Game One – Lander 10, North Georgia 5

The Bearcats pounced on Saints starter Jacob Beauchamp plating seven runs in the first four innings. Beauchamp suffered his first conference loss in nearly a month (5-3) as he tossed 5.1 innings allowing all 10 Lander runs and 12 hits, while striking out four.

Offensively, the bottom third of the North Georgia lineup produced all five of the team's runs. 

After going quietly in the first, the Saints started a rally in the second with a Matthew Black lead off single followed by Terrell Jones double to the gap in left center. Black came racing around third, but a perfect relay throw from Bearcats shortstop AJ Nunziato cut him down at the plate. Two batters later, Tremayne Toorie put North Georgia on the board with an RBI groundout to first base.

Lander starter Todd Hughson settled down after the second and held the Saints scoreless until the sixth when North Georgia exploded for four runs to cut the deficit to five runs. 

In the sixth, the first four batters reached base after a lead off double by Black, Jones, Andrew Gordon and Toorie all followed with walks. Eason Spivey grounded out to bring home Jones and Dustin Carpenter followed with a single to left field that scored a pair.

After the sixth, both bullpens would cool off the bats. Cody Clickner had his best performance of the season out of the bullpen, holding the Lander bats at bay over the final 3.2 innings striking out four and scattering just one hit. 

- Game Two – Lander 17, North Georgia 0

There was little to write home about for the Saints in game two as the Bearcats handed North Georgia their most lopsided loss of the season. The Bearcats bashed five homers and scored in each of the first five innings en route to taking their third straight conference series. 

North Georgia starter Blake Hobby had his worst start of the season surrendering nine earned runs in 3.1 innings, while allowing three home runs. Hobby had not allowed a home run in nearly two years entering the contest.

The biggest blow came in the first when Kevin Childs hit a two-out grand slam to right center. 

The North Georgia offense never mustered a threat being held hitless through the first four innings as Lander starter Chris Thomas kept them off balance all afternoon. Thomas tossed his second complete game shutout of the season.

The lone bright spot for North Georgia was Matthew Black who went 2-for-4 and recorded hits for the Saints. 

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The Saints and Bearcats wrap up the final Peach Belt Conference series of the season tomorrow, April 30. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.  

- Vaughn Grizzle was honored before first pitch for his 27 years of service to the university -