The North Georgia baseball team exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning against University of North Carolina-Pembroke on Sunday afternoon en route to an 8-1 victory at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega.
The Saints (9-3, 2-1 Peach Belt Conference) took the rubber game of the series behind a dominant performance from starter Taylor Keinat, while the Braves (12-3, 3-2 PBC) lost back-to-back games for the first time this year.
The Saints southpaw went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out five while allowing only one earned run.
After surrendering a leadoff bunt single, Keinat retired the next 11 batters he faced. The Braselton native did not allow a base hit out of the infield until the sixth inning. Kenny Bellavance (one RBI, one run scored) and Terrell Jones (two RBIs, two runs scored) each went 3 for 4 at the plate for North Georgia.
Through the first 12 games of the season North Georgia is outscoring their opponents 25-9 in the seventh inning.
The Saints travel to South Carolina to take on another top 10 team, Francis Marion, in Peach Belt Conference action. The weekend series starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.
NORTH GEORGIA SOFTBALL 2, SAINT LEO 1: The Saints finished their Disney weekend with a 2-1 win over Saint Leo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday.
North Georgia (14-3) got another great outing from senor pitcher Jessica Coan, who picked up her ninth win on the season. Coan threw another complete game, allowing just one earned run and six hits. She also struck out 11 Saint Leo batters.
The No. 2-ranked Saints got a solo home run from Tiffanie Burns in the bottom of the 4th inning to give North Georgia a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish. Burns now has three home runs on the season.
Pilar Harden led the way offensively, going 2 for 4 with an RBI double.
North Georgia returns to action next weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to take part in the 2012 Mid-South Classic. The Saints will play a total of five games, with the action starting at 6 p.m. Friday night against Carson-Newman.