DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked University of North Georgia baseball squad swept a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader from visiting Armstrong State University on Saturday at Bob Stein Field in Dahlonega, Ga. The Nighthawks won game one, 16-3, and took the nightcap, 14-5.
The Nighthawks improved to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in the PBC with the wins, while Armstrong State fell to 13-8 overall and 0-5 in the league. The two teams will wrap up their three-game PBC series on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. contest.
In game one, the Nighthawks built a 4-0 lead over the first three innings, getting an Andres Perez RBI single in the second and a Michael Gouge RBI double, a Michael Bell RBI triple and a Conner Corbit RBI single in the third inning.
Will Hodges brought the Pirates back to within one with a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, in the fourth inning to make the score 4-3.
North Georgia's Gouge drove in a run with a single in the fourth, then the Nighthawks broke the game open with four runs in the fifth, three coming on a bases-clearing three-RBI double from Connor Hoover.
Steven Bower (4-1) notched the win for the Nighthawks in game one, hurling seven innings of five-hit ball, giving up three unearned runs, walking four while striking out eight. Matt Meeks (2-2) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up 11 hits and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out five.
Hodges' three RBI and Chandler Corley's 2-for-4 game led the Pirates at the plate, while Corbitt went 4-for-5 for North Georgia and Hoover went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
In the second game, North Georgia used a five-run inning in the bottom of the fifth to break open a 2-2 contest, then got five more runs in the sixth to eventually come away with the 14-5 win.
Derrick Pickvet (3-0) picked up the win in relief for North Georgia, giving up five hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings of work, walking three while striking out two. Nick Andress (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Pirates, giving up four hits and four runs in one-third of an inning of work, walking two.
Ryan Patterson went 3-for-4 to lead the Pirates at the plate in game two, while Mike Warren and Corley each had two hits and Zach Goble had two RBI. Devin Gearhart's two hits and three RBI, including a double, led the Nighthawks in the second game.