The University of North Georgia baseball team slugged its way to a 8-4 win over Young Harris College on Sunday afternoon in the two teams’ Peach Belt Conference series finale in Young Harris.
The Saints (12-23, 4-14 PBC) were led by Derek Hooper who went 5 for 6 at the plate with two RBIs and another run scored as three other Saints registered multiple hits in the win over the Mountain Lions (17-17, 7-14 PBC).
North Georgia’s Taylor Keinat (2-5) pitched the first 7 2/3 innings, striking out two batters while giving up one walk, five hits and two earned runs while recording the win on the mound. James Mills (2-3) pitched the first two innings, striking out five, but gave up eight hits and five earned runs to take the loss.
North Georgia will now return home for nine games, starting with a game Wednesday against Georgia Gwinnett College in Dahlonega. Young Harris continues its home stand with a 5 p.m. contest Tuesday against the University of West Georgia in Young Harris.
The sixth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team swept its home Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Georgia Southwestern State University on Sunday afternoon with an 11-3 win in six innings in the first game and a 4-0 win in Game 2 at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.
The sweep coupled with Columbus State University splitting its PBC twinbill at the University of South Carolina Aiken handed the Saints (33-10, 13-5 PBC) sole possession of third in the conference standings heading into Friday’s key top-20 showdown between the Cougars and Saints. The Hurricanes fell to eighth in the standings with a record of 27-25 overall and 9-13 in PBC action.
Melissa Dickie (11-4) and Courtney Poole (19-6) earned the wins in the circle for the Saints, with Poole striking out 12 batters with just three hits and two walks allowed in the shutout.
A day after dropping an extremely close decision on the road, the University of North Georgia women’s tennis team bounced back by winning a similarly close Peach Belt Conference match 5-4 over the University of Montevallo.
The Saints (8-11, 3-9 PBC) travel to Aiken, S.C. along with the men’s team, where they will take on the nationally-ranked men and the women’s squad of the University of South Carolina Aiken at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.