Following a 3-hour, 24-minute rain delay, the Young Harris baseball team fell victim to a late rally by Armstrong Atlantic State that resulted in a 12-10 win for the Pirates on Saturday in Savannah.
The Mountain Lions (11-15, 2-13 Peach Belt) led 6-3 in the sixth inning when play was suspended, but Armstrong (16-8, 8-6) scored nine times in three innings to steal the win and complete the series sweep.
Down 12-7 in the top of the ninth, Young Harris scored three runs to fight back in contention, led by a two-run double from Adam Moore and an RBI single by Will Thomas. With one out and the tying run at the plate, Armstrong pitcher Chase Butler retired back-to-back batters to seal the win for the Pirates.
The Mountain Lions’ early lead was highlighted by a six-run second inning, which included a three-run triple by Moore. He finished 3 for 3 with six RBIs and was a single shy of the cycle.
Young Harris faces Lincoln Memorial at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
USC-AIKEN 9, NORTH GEORGIA 4: Brad Barto, Eason Spivey and Jesse Strickland all recorded two hits for North Georgia while Bryce Baur and Bill Gerstenslager each went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in a loss to the eighth-ranked Pacers in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Dahlonega.
Baur led all players with three runs in the game for the Saints (9-18, 3-9 Peach Belt). Spivey added a home run in the fourth inning, his first long ball of the season.
Clint Spratlin (1-1) pitched the first six innings for North Georgia, striking out three batters and walking one while giving up the first five runs to accept the loss.
USC-AIKEN 14, NORTH GEORGIA 10: Bill Gerstenslager, Kenny Bellavance and Devin Gearhart all recorded four hits in the game as the Saints out-hit the Pacers 20-19 despite the loss in the second game of the doubleheader.
USC-Aiken jumped out to a 11-3 lead through six innings, but North Georgia tallied seven runs in three innings to trail by just one through eight. Eason Spivey scored twice and Derek Hooper connected for a two-run double in the seventh to lead the Saints’ surge. The Pacers added three more runs in the eighth and ninth to secure the victory.
North Georgia visits Anderson University at 6 p.m. Wednesday.