Agar Fans 12 To Lead UNG Baseball Team To First Victory Of 2014
DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Pitcher Brandon Agar fanned 12 batters to lead the University of North Georgia baseball team to a 3-0 shutout victory over Salem International on Friday evening at UNG's Bob Stein Stadium. The sophomore right-hander threw eight and one-third innings allowing just three hits in 29 Tiger plate appearances.
The shutout victory was the first for North Georgia since a 6-0 victory over Columbus State on April 7, 2012.
"Brandon Agar tonight was top notch," said UNG head coach Tom Cantrell. "He provided us a chance to win by shutting them down all night. It was good to give him something to work with as we hit the ball hard all night with 10 hits. That is the strength of our team (pitching) but it was good to see us put a complete game together."
The game was scoreless through the first five and a half innings with neither team able to advance a runner past second base. The Nighthawks were able to break through in the bottom of the sixth inning when a double to right center by Trevor Sams scored Andrew Gordon who earned a two-out walk. Sams would cross the plate two batters later on a single up the middle by Travis Naraine giving North Georgia a 2-0 lead.
SIU threatened in the top of the seventh when Emmanuel Dominguez reached third following a double and a throwing error but Agar would put out the fire by striking out the next two Tigers to keep the shutout in place.
UNG's Cameron Crawford added another Nighthawk insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when he doubled to left field plating Naraine.
Christian Turnipseed would take the ball from Agar immediately following his 12th strikeout of the night and would earn the save recording the final two outs.
North Georgia (1-3) tallied seven hits led by Eason Spivey's 3-4 performance from the plate. Sams, Crawford and Tremayne Toorie also posted multiple-hit evenings.
Salem International's Tyler Beck took the loss despite allowing just two runs on seven hits in six innings pitched.
The two teams will play the second game of the three-game series tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon with first pitch slated for 1:00 PM.