No. 3 Nighthawks Race Past No. 1 Mount Olive, 13-6, In NCAA Southeast Regional
May 22, 2017
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C.
– The No. 6 University of North Georgia baseball team scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 13-6 win over host and top-seeded Mount Olive, in third round action of the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Saturday
evening at Mount Olive’s Scarborough Field.
North Georgia (45-10) advances to Monday’s championship game at 12:00.
The Nighthawks belted 18 hits on the night as first inning homeruns by Connor Hoover and Andres Perez kickstarted the hit parade.
All nine players in the lineup recorded a hit with Devin Gearhart leading the way with a 4-for-5 game. Perez, Conner Corbitt and Steven Tomlinson each added three-hit performances from the plate.
Logan Burt earned his third victory of the season with a solid five and one third innings of relief work in which the left hander allowed just a single run while striking out four Trojans.
Mount Olive’s Austin Hutchison (12-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season after allowing the first seven runs of the game on six hits in just two thirds of an inning of work.
– Mount Olive (48-9) had won 18 of their last 19 contests and was 26-1 at Scarborough Field prior to tonight’s game.
– The win marks the third time this season that the Nighthawks have knocked off the top-ranked team in the country.
– The game was delayed due to lightning in the bottom of the sixth with Trojans on first and second with no outs. Following a 30 minute delay, Burt returned to the hill to sit down the next three batters to avoid any damage.
– Corbitt’s three knocks marked the tenth time this season that the sophomore has recorded three hits in a game.
– Hoover’s first inning homerun was his team-best 18th of the season.
– The second-seeded Nighthawks advance to the championship game on Monday at 12:00 p.m. The opponent will either be Mount Olive, fourth-seeded Catawba or seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial and that team will have to defeat UNG twice.
– UNG Athletic Communications –
CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS
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