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Pair of local pitchers lead Bears to sweep

POSTED: February 12, 2011 9:37 p.m.

Just three days after earning his first college win, North Hall’s Jacob Brewster earned his first college save Saturday in a 4-3 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Virginia Intermount. The Bears won Game 2, 6-5.

In Game 2, the Bears (7-3) used a four-run rally in their last at bat to make a winner out of East Hall’s Desmon Gardner, who picked up his first college win.

The Bears battle Virginia Intermount in the series’ finale at 1 p.m. today.

NORTH GEORGIA 15, STILLMAN COLLEGE 1: Behind timely hitting and complete-game pitching performance, the No. 22 Saints continued their perfect run to open the year on Saturday evening at Bob Stein Stadium.

The Saints stay unbeaten on the year, improving to 5-0 on the season, while Stillman drops their third straight, falling to 4-3 overall as the two teams will battle again today in the series finale.

The game was scoreless until Daniel Warzon led off the third inning and took the first pitch he saw and blasted a solo shot to left field, breaking the scoreless deadlock and giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. For Warzon, it was his seventh hit in 11 trips to the plate this season as the senior transfer’s average sits at .636 heading into today’s finale.

The rest of the offense followed Warzon’s lead over the next three innings, combining to score 12 runs and take a commanding 13-0 lead. Jordan Erisman had the big hit in the fourth, stroking a bases loaded single to left field that cleared the bases, giving North Georgia a 6-0 lead.

Six runs in the fourth were followed by three runs in each of the next two innings before North Georgia capped their scoring with a two spot in the eighth inning. Erisman paced the offense with three hits, four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Saints will look for their second straight three-game sweep at 1 p.m. today.

Basketball

NORTH GEORGIA MEN 72, UNC PEMBROKE 70: Keldrick Coleman, a Gainesville native, came up with a defensive steal and a made free throw in the final seconds Saturday evening, sending North Georgia to a victory over UNC Pembroke in Memorial Hall in Dahlonega.

The win gives the Saints some momentum heading into the final stretch of the season as North Georgia improves to 9-13 overall and 6-7 in the Peach Belt Conference.

The Saints visit the University of Montevallo at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

UNC PEMBROKE WOMEN 77, NORTH GEORGIA 68: The North Georgia women’s basketball fought back in the second half to take the lead, but UNC Pembroke pulled away late to take a victory over the Lady Saints on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall in Dahlonega.

North Georgia’s Janyce Ealey led all scorers with 26 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds for the game’s only double-double.The sophomore was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line and added two steals for the Lady Saints (14-10, 5-8 Peach Belt Conference).

The Lady Saints visit the University of Montevallo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

KING COLLEGE WOMEN 60, YOUNG HARRIS 40: LaDondra Johnson scored a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds — her third double-double of the season — while Towns County High graduate Nikki Winn had seven points for Young Harris (8-13) in a loss Saturday.

The Lady Mountain Lions visit Reinhardt University at 6 p.m. Monday.



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