DAHLONEGA, GA- North Georgia College and State University used a three hit game from senior Brian Lauderdale with two runs scored to lead the Saints over North Greenville University 9-4 on Wednesday night.
North Georgia (29-26) jumped out quickly in the first inning over the Crusaders (11-37) when Lauderdale led off with a hustle infield single. The senior then stole his 39th base of the year before Ryan Gurley rolled a ball by the first baseman to score Lauderdale and give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Erik Good then followed with a groundout, but Jake Barrow raced home to extend the lead to 2-0. Josh Tate came to the plate with the bases jammed and one out as he singled up the middle to plate Gurley and help the Saints put a three spot on the board in the first frame.
In the second inning, Barrow walked and Gurley came to the plate with one out and hit a liner over the head of the centerfielder that scored Barrow and gave the Saints a 4-0 lead after two innings.
The third inning saw Matt Britt ground into a fielder's choice, but Kyle Baron raced home from third to score the Crusaders first run of the game. In the bottom of the fourth, Lauderdale scored to make the score 5-1.
North Georgia added to the run column in the seventh inning with a single by Davy Wallach to score both Creston Warner and Josh Tate and give the Saints a 7-1 lead heading to the eighth inning.
The Crusader offense broke out in the eighth as Chris Tate singled to the right side to score Britt and Eric Loy and pull to within four runs at 7-3. In the bottom of the inning, Gurley hit a home run, and Tate plated Anders Oster to extend the lead to 9-3. North Greenville added a run in the ninth inning.
Zach Black picks up the win for the Saints, while Dylan Davidson was tagged for the loss.