UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

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According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

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Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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Morrison, Perez Earn D2CCA Second Team All-Region Honors

University of North Georgia
5/18/2018 | Baseball
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – After being named to the NCBWA All-Region Second Team earlier this week, University of North Georgia baseball players Parker Morrison and Andres Perez earned D2CCA All-Region honors as announced by the association Friday evening.

A redshirt freshman from Cumming, Georgia, Morrison is the second team All-Region reliever after recording 10 saves and a 4-2 record and posting a 2.01 ERA in 53.2 innings of work on the mound for UNG. He had 62 strikeouts against just 27 walks, with opponents hitting just .164 against him this season.

A sophomore from Duluth, Georgia, Perez earned second team All-Region honors as a catcher, hitting .330 with a Peach Belt best 23 homers to go along with 68 RBI and a .699 slugging percentage. He also caught 20 of the 28 base runners that tried to steal a base against him this season.

Both Nighthawks are on the D2CCA All-Region list for the first time in their careers.

Three Baseball Players Named All-Conference

University of North Georgia
5/10/2018 | Baseball
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Three University of North Georgia baseball players were named to the Peach Belt’s All-Conference teams Thursday night at a banquet prior to the start of the PBC Baseball Tournament at Flagler College. Andres Perez was named to the first team, while Cade Heil and Parker Morrison were named to the second team.

Perez, a sophomore out of Duluth, Georgia, leads the PBC in homers with 20 headed into the conference tournament. His 20 bombs is also tied for the UNG single season record. He has caught all 50 games for the Nighthawks as well.

Heil, a freshman from Suwanee, Georgia, has been the Friday starter for the Nighthawks this season, going 6-7 this season with 55 strikeouts across over 93 innings on the mound. Morrison, a redshirt freshman from Cumming, Georgia, leads North Georgia in appearances with 30, garnering a 4-1 record with 10 saves.

The Nighthawks will take on UNC Pembroke tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the PBC Tournament. UNG will also take on Lander and Georgia College in pool play on Saturday with the winner of the pool advancing to the championship game Sunday.

Late Rally Falls Short as No. 9 Cougars Hold On To Beat Baseball, 3-2

University of North Georgia
5/5/2018 | Baseball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – 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 BurtDallas Deavers, Fleming and Steven Tomlinson prior to first pitch.

Baseball Falls at Lander, 14-6

University of North Georgia
4/27/2018 | Baseball | Box Score
GREENWOOD, S.C. – After scoring the first six runs of the game in the first two innings, Lander scored the final 14 runs, defeating the University of North Georgia baseball team, 14-6, Friday night at Dolny Stadium.

Andres Perez got things started in the first inning, blasting a three-run shot over the wall in left to put UNG up, 3-0. The sophomore homered again in the next inning, another three-run bomb to left to double the Nighthawk lead.

Lander started their response in the third with a two-run homer by Brice Kirven in the third inning to cut the lead to four. After two RBI singles in the fourth, a three-run blast by Carson Jones in the fifth gave the Bearcats a 7-6 lead. The next batter, Alex Conaway, hit a solo homer to extend the Bearcat lead to 8-6.

The night was capped off by yet another homerun by LU, this one coming in the eighth inning. A three-run homer by Conner Davis gave the Bearcats the eight-run victory.

– Perez finished the game going 3-for-5 with six RBI. Tonight was his third multi-homer game of the season.

– The Nighthawks are now 19-21 all-time against Lander as the two teams have split the last six meetings.

North Georgia and Lander will play the second game of the three-game conference series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

Baseball Snaps WSSU’s Winning Streak With 4-2 Win

University of North Georgia
4/20/2018 | Baseball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – Despite a ninth-inning threat from the Rams of Winston-Salem State, the University of North Georgia baseball team was able to hang on to a two-run lead as Parker Morrison struck out the side with runners on the corners to win game one of the series, 4-2, Friday night at Bob Stein Stadium.

Winston-Salem jumped on the Nighthawks in the third to get a lead. A lead off single from Wellington Guzman followed by a sacrifice bunt from Nick Williams, then a homer over left center from Randy Norris put the Rams up 2-0.

Behind in the score, North Georgia fought back in the bottom of the frame. William Mapes led off with a bunt to the first baseman, diving safely into the bag to board a runner for UNG. Chase Sudduth drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Andres Perez, whose RBI single to left scored Mapes and cut the lead in half, 2-1. A wild pitch would allow Sudduth to score and tie it up.

A RBI double from Nick Clarno to score Jake Arnold, who reached on a double to left, clinched the lead for the Nighthawks in the fourth frame. Then in the sixth, Arnold’s hot bat sent a shot over left to add an insurance run and extend the lead, 4-2.

The Rams were not through as they fought back in the ninth. A leadoff single from Emilio Abreu brought the tying run to plate for WSSU, Cole Parks. Parks blasted a ground single through the right side to board the go-ahead for the Rams, as Abreu advanced to third on the play. But despite the effort, Morrison sat the following three batters down in order to close it out for the Nighthawks.

– Arnold went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and one run scored. Clarno went 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI as well.

– With this win, Cade Heil improved to 6-5 on the season, WSSU’s Seth Reeves (3-3) drew the loss, and Morrison earned his 10th save of the year. Heil also had three pickoffs in the contest.

– UNG disrupted WSSU’s eight-game winning streak, and improved their streak to five.

North Georgia will be back at The Steiner tomorrow for game two of the three-game series against Winston-Salem State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Baseball Players Continue Success on the Field in Summer Leagues

UNG Baseball
DAHLONEGA – Fresh off a run to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, many University of North Georgia baseball players continued their seasons in summer leagues throughout the southeast. Today, we take a look throughout the summer leagues and the professionals to check in on how the summer has been going for these players.

North Georgia has four players playing professionally, while nine returning players and three incoming players are competing in summer leagues.

Brandon Agar – Great Falls Voyagers
Agar has had a great start to the 2017 season, posting a 2-1 record in seven starts. He has struck out 19 batters to just six walks with a 4.31 ERA in 39.2 innings of work on the mound.

Connor Hoover – Arizona League Mariners
After getting drafted in the 21st round by Seattle, Hoover immediately jumped into play and has made a huge impact. In addition to his .297 batting average, he has three doubles, a triple, a homerun and eight runs batted in. He has also posted a .545 on-base percentage.

Chris Rearick – Tulsa Drillers
Rearick has been in the pros since he was drafted by Tampa Bay back in 2010. This year, Rearick is 0-1 in five starts for Tulsa. He has 19 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work.

Sam Tidaback – Boise Hawks
Tidaback has had a great start to 2017 behind and at the plate. He is currently hitting .314 with eight runs scored. He also had a double, three homers and eight RBI.

Kyler Allen – Florida Collegiate Baseball League – DeLand Suns
Playing in half of the Suns’ games, Allen is currently hitting .152 with three runs scored. He has recorded two doubles and five RBI at the plate as well.

Logan Burt – Sunbelt Baseball League – Norcross Astros
In four relief appearances, Burt has been a strikeout machine, recording 14 strikeouts in 9.2 innings of work to just two walks. He has recorded a save and a 4.65 ERA.

Connor Corbitt – Valley Baseball League – New Market Rebels
Corbitt has continued his success from the 2017 season by hitting .322 in VBL action this year. He has eight doubles, two homers, 22 runs scored and 21 RBI.

Jake Howard – Coastal Plain League – Savannah Bananas
Howard is another Nighthawk that is hitting over .300 in summer league play. Hitting .320 at the plate, he has also notched two doubles and six RBI.

Kyle Luigs – Valley Baseball League – New Market Rebels
In six appearances, five of which were starts, Luigs is 1-2 with a 2.05 ERA. Luigs has struck out 19 batters over 29.1 innings on the mound.

William Mapes – Sunbelt Baseball League – Alpharetta Braves
Mapes has found his way onto the base paths quite a lot this summer. Currently, he is hitting .265 with 10 runs scored, two doubles, a triple and three RBI.

Parker Morrison – Sunbelt Baseball League – Alpharetta Braves
Morrison has been used mostly in relief appearances for Alpharetta, but he does have two starts in his seven appearances this summer. He has 20 strikeouts to just seven walks in 15.2 innings pitched.

Andres Perez – Coastal Plain League – Lexington County Blowfish
In 17 games, Perez is hitting .154 with four runs scored, a homer and six RBI. He has committed just one error in 120 chances behind the plate this summer for the Blowfish.

Joshua Profit – Sunbelt Baseball League – Norcross Astros
Profit is using his quickness on the bases to help the Astros this summer, legging out two triples so far. He his hitting .235 with three runs scored, six RBI and is 1-for-2 in stolen bases.

Cade Heil – Sunbelt Baseball League – Atlanta Crackers
Heil has been used both to pitch and hit for Atlanta this summer. In his one appearance on the mound, he recorded a save for the Crackers. The incoming freshman is currently hitting .190 with two runs scored, a double and three RBI.

Chase Sudduth – Valley Baseball League – New Market Rebels
Playing alongside teammates Corbitt and Luigs, Sudduth is giving Nighthawk fans a lot to be excited about next season when he takes the field for UNG. He is currently hitting .326 with 29 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 25 RBI.

Crews Taylor – Sunbelt Baseball League – Gwinnett Tide
The incoming freshman has been huge at the plate for Gwinnett, hitting .250 with five doubles. He also has five RBI and eight runs scored.

– UNG Athletic Communications 
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