DAHLONEGA – Steven Bower struck out 12 Bearcats as the No. 17 University of North Georgia baseball team shut out Lander Friday night, 7-0, at Bob Stein Stadium.
UNG struck first on a Brady Eeles RBI single in the bottom half of the first to take a 1-0 lead. The Nighthawks scored twice in the third, the first coming off a Nik Levensteins RBI single before a squeeze bunt by Conner Corbitt brought home the third run of the game.
North Georgia scored the final four runs in the sixth inning, starting on a Crews Taylor RBI double down the line in right field. After a Bearcat wild pitch scored Jake Arnold, Taylor came home on a Bearcat error to make the score 6-0. Bill LeRoy brought home the game’s final run on a sacrifice fly.
This is the third time Bower (8-2) has had double digit strikeouts in a single game. He struck out 10 in a game twice in his career, including once this year.
Taylor led the Nighthawks at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI.
North Georgia and Lander will battle again in game two of the conference series at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. FYN attracts 300,000+ page views per month, 3.5 million impressions per month and approximately 15,000 viewers per week on FYNTV.com and up to 60,000 Facebook page reach. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com