Posted: Monday, April 14th 2014 at 9:12am
Cecere's five RBI lift Nighthawks to PBC series win over Young Harris
By staff reports
DAHLONEGA -– Joey Cecere's five RBI fueled the University of North Georgia baseball team's 10-8 Peach Belt Conference victory over Young Harris College on Sunday afternoon at UNG's Bob Stein Stadium. The rubber game victory gives the Nighthawks their first PBC series win of the season.
"The guys did a great job of battling back and putting themselves in position with some big hits when it counted," stated UNG head coach Tom Cantrell. "It is good to win a Peach Belt series and I am proud of the guys on how they came back out today."
The Nighthawks tied the game at three apiece with three runs in their half of the fifth. Cecere had a two-run single and Tremayne Toorie added an RBI double. North Georgia took the lead for good as they took advantage of two Young Harris errors to score three unearned runs in the sixth and open a 6-3 lead.
Young Harris pulled to within a run at 6-5 in the seventh with a two-run homer, but North Georgia responded with four runs – including a bases-clearing double by Cecere - in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-5 lead.
The Mountain Lions added three runs in the eighth to pull within two runs at 10-8. Zach Wall homered to lead off the inning before adding an RBI fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly.
Young Harris outhit the Nighthawks 15-9 behind Cecere's 2-4 day with five RBI's and a run scored. Kevin Krupp added a pair of hits in three plate appearances and Travis Naraine extended his on-base string to 33 games with an eighth inning double.
Trey Rogers led Young Harris with three hits.
Christian Turnipseed earned his second victory of the season after throwing three and a third innings of relief work in which the right-hander tallied six strikeouts. Starter Jacob Beauchamp threw a solid five and two-thirds innings scattering nine hits while striking out six.
Travis Donahoo (1-3) was saddled with the loss for YHC.
The victory also gives North Georgia an institutional win in the first annual Battle of Blood Mountain with Young Harris. The Battle of Blood Mountain is a comprehensive competition between the two schools with points awarded in each sport the two schools sponsor. North Georgia now holds a 5.5 to 3.5 lead with just the women's golf point remaining.
"I am glad Mrs. Reeves (UNG Athletic Director) does not have to wear purple," added Cantrell.
North Georgia returns to action on April 15 with a non-conference game with West Georgia beginning at 5 p.m.
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