Posted: Tuesday, March 11th 2014 at 11:57pm
Nighthawks rally for 10-5 win on the road
By staff reports
CARROLLTON -– After falling behind 5-1, the University of North Georgia baseball team scored nine unanswered runs to rally for a 10-5 non-conference road win at the University of West Georgia at UWG's Cole Field.
The Wolves scored a quick run in the first inning when Shaquille Jackson got things going early with a triple down the right field line. Two batters later, Sumner McWhorter doubled down the right field line scoring Jackson from third and giving UWG a 1-0 lead.
North Georgia answered the one run right back in the top of the second inning, as Kevin Krupp led off the inning with a single up the middle, and eventually came into score off an RBI from Joey Cecere to tie the game at 1-1.
West Georgia added four runs in the third inning and opened the game taking a 5-1 lead.
UNG scored four runs in the top of the fourth off of three hits and one error. Following a West Georgia error, the Nighthawks piled on four unearned runs tying the game at 5-5 courtesy of an RBI walk by Cecere followed by a pair of wild pitches that plated Nighthawks. Tremayne Toorie singled through the right side to score Cecere to cap the inning and even up the score.
Cecere struck again in the top of the sixth when his sacrifice fly scored Ryan Raper, who reached on a single. An inning later, the Nighthawks would score four more to put the game on ice. Andrew Gordon singled in Toorie who led off the frame with a walk. Cameron Crawford then punctuated the scoring with a bases-clearing triple giving UNG the final 10-5 margin.
Chip Fleming evened his overall record at 1-1 after working three and a third innings of scoreless relief. Raper led the offense with a 3-4 day that included three runs scored. Crawford and Toorie each added a pair of hits while Cecere finished with three RBI's and a run scored.
West Georgia (8-15) outhit the Nighthawks 10-9 and was unable to capitalize on UNG's four errors in the field.
North Georgia (11-8, 2-4 PBC) will host Flagler on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at UNG's Bob Stein Stadium. The games precede a formal ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony for the baseball team's Coleman Field House.
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