North Georgia starting pitcher Dylan Peppers recorded a school-record 17 strikeouts from the mound as it topped Columbus State 3-1 on Sunday in Columbus.
The top-ranked Nighthawks (32-8, 16-5 Peach Belt Conference) have a two-game lead in the league race with one week left in conference play. Peppers finished the game surrendering three hits and three walks. Peppers struck out the Columbus State side in order three times during his shutout effort.
In the ninth inning, Peppers needed just 10 pitches to strikeout the side.
At the plate, Michael Gouge and Trevor Sams pieced together back-to-back, two-out doubles to give North Georgia a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Catcher Andres Perez had a sacrifice fly for North Georgia in the second inning to make it 2-0.
Steven Tomlinson drew a lead-off walk in the seventh inning and scored on a fielder’s choice.
On Wednesday, North Georgia Auburn-Montgomery with first pitch at 6 p.m. in Dahlonega.