No. 3 Braves Top No. 26 North Georgia In Series Opener
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Kyle Adair's go-ahead pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game-winning hit as third-ranked UNCP edged 26th-ranked North Georgia, 6-5, in the front end of a series-opening doubleheader on Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium.
The triumph helped the Braves (12-1, 3-0 PBC) stay unbeaten in league play and extended the winning streak for the club out to four games. The setback snapped a six-game winning streak for North Georgia (7-3, 0-1).
Tyler Potter drove in a pair of runs on a 3-for-4 outing to spearhead the 10th double-digit hit attack of the season for the Braves, who also got a 3-for-5 hitting line from Aaron Parnell and a 2-for-4 outing from Max Gagnon. The Saints got multiple hits from four different players, including Terrell Jones' 3-for-4 exhibition with a pair of RBI.
Brantley Hattrich (3-0) came on in relief of starter Brad Isom in the sixth and picked up the win for the Black & Gold after striking out two and yielding three hits in 2-2/3 innings of scoreless work. All-American Braxton Lewis tallied his fourth save in as many opportunities by striking out one and walking one in a scoreless ninth. Matt Smith (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season after surrendering one hit and an earned run despite recording just one out in the seventh.
The Braves grabbed a 5-3 lead on Eitan Maoz's two-run single with two outs in the sixth, but North Georgia answered with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to knot things back up. The Braves would have the last say in the game, however, as freshman Ben Schmucker put himself into scoring position on a pinch-hit double with one out in the seventh and, after a groundout by J.J. Williams with the next at-bat, Adair trotted into the batter's box and delivered the final blow.