Saints Earn 7-4 Road Victory Over Anderson
ANDERSON, S.C. – Wednesday night, the University of North Georgia baseball team stepped out of its Peach Belt Conference schedule and went on the road to earn a 7-4 victory over Anderson University (S.C.) at Anderson Memorial Stadium.
The win, coupled with a 3-1 victory in Dahlonega on March 13, gave the Saints (10-18) the season sweep over the Trojans (10-26).
Both teams recorded 10 hits in the game with the Trojans committing three errors to the Saints' one. Two of the Trojan's hits were home runs while Eason Spivey (2-4) knocked his second home run of the season for the Saints in the second inning.
Anderson scored single runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth frames led by Paulk Como's 3-3 effort at the dish while North Georgia scored single runs in the second, fifth and eighth frames and two runs in the seventh and ninth.
Both Kenny Bellavance and Spivey collected two hits in the game; both of Spivey's resulted in runs crossing the plate.
With the Trojans up 4-2 heading into the seventh, Derek Hooper and Tremayne Toorie both scored unearned runs to knot the score. Hooper took advantage of an error by the shortstop on a failed pickoff attempt to catch Toorie at second and Toorie would scored off a single by Spivey on the next play.
In the eighth, Devin Gearhart scored an earned run off a single up the middle by Jeremy McCurry and Bellavance and Travis Naraine put the finishing touches on the win for North Georgia by scoring in the ninth. Bellavance capitalized on a passed ball while Naraine was driven in by a sacrifice fly by Brad Barto.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Agar (4-3) collected his fourth victory of the season on the mound in two and one-third innings of work that included recording five strikeouts. Jordan Evan (0-1) accepted the loss for the Trojans in just two-thirds of an inning pitched.
North Georgia will return home this weekend for a three-game, PBC series with the 15th-ranked University of North Carolina Pembroke Braves. The Saints and nationally-ranked Braves will start things off on Friday, Mar. 29 with a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader before closing out the series a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.