April 21, 2013

Saints Defeat Falcons 6-5 with 12th-Inning Walk-Off

Story by: Walker McCrary, wtmccr5279@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The University of North Georgia (UNG) baseball team came from behind to beat the University of Montevallo Falcons in extra innings 6-5 in the pair's Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series finale at Bob Stein Stadium on Sunday.

The Saints (16-27, 7-17 PBC) were down to their final out in the ninth inning before Kevin Krupp got the rally started with a walk and came around to score the first run of the ninth inning on a Brett Wright single. Wright scored the tying run on an error by the Falcons (29-16, 15-12) to send the game into extra innings.

In extra innings, UNG had chances to score in the 10th and 11th innings before coming through in the 12th.

In the 10th, John LaMay led the Saints off with a double down the left field line but could not advance any further. The 11th inning saw the Saints load the bases with one out before the Falcons' defense stepped up and retired the Saints to send the game to the 12th.

In the 12th, Tremayne Toorie led off the inning for North Georgia with a triple down the line in right field.  After an out and an intentional walk to try to set up a double play, Krupp hit the game-winning single over the head of the Falcons' center fielder to win the game for the Saints.

Krupp finished the contest 3-5 at the plate with an RBI and two walks to lead the Saints.

The Falcons opened the scoring in the first inning after Will Fulmer hit a lead off single and came around to score on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to make the score 1-0.

Montevallo put two more runs on the board in the second. The first came on a Thomas Bradey single to right field, which scored Andrew Hill. The second came after Jeremy Hyde reached on a fielder's choice that scored Brandon Marshall to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Saints got two runs back in the third after Derek Hooper doubled to right center.  After a Toorie single and stolen base, Travis Naraine hit a single to center that scored both runners to cut the lead to 3-2.

Both teams went scoreless until the sixth when Jackson Slaid hit a home run down the left field line to take a two-run lead to the bottom half of the inning.

The Saints got the run back in the bottom half as Hooper walked with the bases full, allowing Devin Gearhart to score from third.

In the eighth, Slaid got another RBI for the Falcons as he singled into left field, scoring Austin Dubberly to make the score 5-3 before the Saints tied it in the ninth and went on to win in the 12th by a score of 6-5.

Chip Fleming got a no-decision after his start that lasted 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs off eight hits and struck out two. Brandon Agar (7-4) came on in relief and got the win for North Georgia after going 6.1 innings and allowed just one run off four hits while striking out three.

Devon Davis (3-1) was tabbed with the loss for the Falcons after coming in to the game in the 12th and giving up the game-winning run.

North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, April 24, in Dahlonega to wrap up the nine-game home stand against the University of West Georgia Wolves. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega.