The University of North Georgia baseball team had the game tying run on second base with two away but could not bring him home as No. 9 Columbus State held on Saturday
night for a 3-2 win at Bob Stein Stadium.
The Cougars struck first in the second inning as Gunar Drinnen singled to plate Robert Brooks and give CSU a 1-0 lead. Columbus State extended its lead to 3-0 on a Drinnen two-run homer in the fourth before the Nighthawks struck back.
With one out in the fourth, Chase Sudduth singled up the middle and moved over to second for Conner Corbitt to double off the wall in left center, plating the Nighthawks’ first run of the night.
From there, both Perez Knowles and Jack Fleming, on in relief, settled in and didn’t allow a single run. The Nighthawks put up a rally in the ninth inning on Cougar closer Payton Phillips, starting with back-to-back one out walks to Andres Perezand Corbitt. After a Cougar error allowed a run to score, the Cougars were able to escape the threat with the win.
– Sudduth, Corbitt and Nick Clarno each had hits for North Georgia in the game. Eight of the nine Cougars in the starting lineup had hits.
– The Nighthawks turned three double plays in the game to keep Columbus State at bay. All three were inning ending.
– North Georgia will either be the fifth or sixth seed in the Peach Belt Conference tournament, depending on the result of tomorrow’s game.
The Nighthawks and Cougars will wrap up the regular season with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Bob Stein Stadium. Fans are asked to get to their seats by 1:40 p.m. for Senior Day festivities as UNG honors Logan Burt, Dallas Deavers, Fleming and Steven Tomlinson prior to first pitch.