March 13, 2013

Saints Baseball Defeats Anderson 3-1 in Non-Conference Action

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia baseball team took a break from its Peach Belt Conference slate Wednesday night as the Saints defeated the Trojans of South Atlantic Conference foe Anderson University (S.C.) 3-1 in a single game at Bob Stein Stadium.

The Saints (7-12, 3-3 PBC) now find themselves in the midst of a three-game winning streak while the Trojans (5-20, 1-11 SAC) have now lost their last eight games.

North Georgia started the scoring off in the bottom of the second inning when freshman Devin Gearhart scored off a double to center field by freshman Jake McCurry.

The Saints would then get another run in the bottom of the next inning when Derek Hooper scored North Georgia's only earned run off a single RBI by Travis Naraine.

Freshman Jesse Strickland would round out the scoring for North Georgia in the bottom of the fifth as the Anderson second baseman fielded a ground ball from Naraine, but threw the ball over the first baseman's head.

Anderson was able to avoid the shutout in the top of the eighth inning when Shawn Delmontagne, pinch hitting for Evan Small in an attempt to generate some offense, crossed home on a wild pitch.

Strickland was the only Saint to record multiple hits in the contest as he went 2-4 at the plate with one run scored.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Blake Gaubert (1-1) pitched the first seven innings of the game and stuck out three batters to secure his first positive decision of the season while redshirt-freshman Brandon Agar came in for the final inning to secure his second save of the year. Spencer Earle (0-4) pitched six and one-third innings with six strikeouts while accepting the loss for Anderson.

North Georgia will next hit the road for five-straight games, including traveling down to St. Augustine, Fla. for a three-game PBC series against Flagler College this weekend. The Saints from Dahlonega and Saints of St. Augustine will face off in a Saturday double-header starting at 1:00 p.m. before closing out the series with a single, 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday, Mar. 17.