DAHLONEGA — The North Georgia College & State University baseball team completed its first Peach Belt Conference series sweep of the season on Sunday afternoon downing Augusta State 16-3 at Bob Stein Stadium.
With the win, the Saints (23-22, 13-14) have now won four of their last five conference series, while the Jaguars (13-36, 4-26) have lost all 10 of their conference series this season.
For the third straight game, the Saints scored early and often, plating six runs in the first and chasing Jaguars starter Kip Custer after just 2/3 of an inning.
Derek Hooper started the rally in the first with a one-out single and moved into scoring position with his seventh stolen base of the season. Kenny Bellavance followed suit and knocked him in flaring a double to right field.
After a Matthew Black groundout, North Georgia started a two-out rally with four straight runners reaching base.
Tremayne Toorie then stepped to the dish with the bases loaded and knocked his first collegiate home run well over the fence in left field for the Saints’ first grand slam of the season.
The Saints were back at it in the second as Black launched his third home run of the year, a solo shot to left field giving North Georgia the 7-0 lead.
North Georgia kept pouring it on adding three runs in third, one in the fifth and five in the sixth.
After getting spotted the early lead, freshman Taylor Keinat went into cruise control until the sixth when a fielding miscue allowed two runs to score. Keinat settled down after the sixth working efficiently, scattering seven hits and striking out one over eight innings en route his third win of the season. Nick Bader worked a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for the Saints.
After being shutout in a midweek contest against Florida State, the North Georgia bats came alive against the Jaguars pounding 37 hits and scoring 27 runs in the series.
The Saints got aggressive on the basepaths in game three as Toorie and Hooper each swiped a pair of bases and Dustin Carpenter also picked up his fifth steal of the season. The five stolen bases is the most the Saints have had in a single game all season.
The offensive explosion was led by Toorie who had his best game in a North Georgia uniform going 4-for-5 with five RBIs, just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Hooper, Black and Andrew Gordon each had multi-hit games as well for the Saints.
The Saints return to the diamond on Wednesday when they host West Georgia in a non-conference matchup at Bob Stein Stadium.