The University of North Georgia baseball team scored its first run on a first-inning double, and Dylan Peppers pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-3 win against defending Division II national champion Nova Southeastern on Friday in Dahlonega.
Michael Gouge doubled in a run for the Nighthawks (5-0) in the eighth inning. In the third inning, Andres Perez had a solo home run for North Georgia.
Trevor Sams finished the game 3 for 4 for the Nighthawks.
North Georgia faces Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega.