UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

UNG Baseball

 

LUMPKIN, GA

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. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


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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UNG men’s basketball team took eighth in PCB Preseason Poll

University of North Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG men’s basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for eighth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

University of North Carolina Pembroke earned nine first place votes to take the top spot in the poll, followed by Clayton State, who took three first place votes. Augusta, University of South Carolina Aiken and Georgia Southwestern rounded out the top five.

The Nighthawks are tied with Georgia College at 49 points in the poll. UNG finished last year in sixth in the Peach Belt after a 12-17 season. The Nighthawks will take to the floor for the first time Sunday night at the UNG Convocation Center in an exhibition against Emory. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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Bryson Worley Named Director of Golf/Head Men’s Coach at North Georgia

University of North Georgia
6/7/2018 | Men’s Golf
DAHLONEGA – University of North Georgia Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves has announced the hiring of Bryson Worley as the school’s new Director of Golf at UNG. He will officially begin his duties in Dahlonega on Monday, July 2.

Worley’s primary responsibility will be serving as the head coach of the men’s team, but he will also provide strategic planning and be a unifying presence of both the men’s and women’s teams. He will be responsible for the overall successful development, planning, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of the programs.

“Bryson is extremely well-respected in the golf community,” Reeves stated. “The position had a very strong pool of candidates and we are very excited that he and his family have decided to join the Nighthawk team. Bryson’s understanding of the college golf landscape, along with his passion and vision for North Georgia is a great fit for both our university, as well as our golf programs.”

Worley comes to North Georgia from nearby Gainesville High School where he has coached the men’s golf team since 2002. He also served the Red Elephants as the Assistant Principal and Assistant Athletic Director fof Facilities. During his time with the Red Elephants, he was named the 2012 and 2013 GACA State Coach of the Year as well as a 13-time GACA Region Coach of the Year and a 10-time Gainesville Times Area Coach of the Year.

In his coaching career of 21 years, Worley has collected a pair of GHSA state championships, 10 region championships, 67 tournament victories and 131 top five finishes. He has coached 51 All-State honorees, 97 All-Area players and 26 collegiate players, including four that have played professionally. Worley’s players have played in three USGA Junior Championships and two USGA Amateur Championships.

His players have also been successful in the classroom, compiling a cumulative grade point average of 3.87 over his 21 years in the profession.

“I am so grateful to Lindsay Reeves and the rest of the UNG Department of Athletics for this amazing opportunity and for their belief and trust in me,” stated Worley. “The potential of the program is so exciting, and I could not be more enthusiastic about our ability to play for championships and contribute to the amazing athletic success of the UNG Nighthawk brand. I want our student-athletes to leave Dahlonega having had become better men and women. High expectations in the classroom, in the community and on the golf course will help realize the potential of our golf programs. I can’t wait to get started.”

Outside of the GHS walls, Worley is the current chairman of the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Golf Committee and is a member of the Chattahoochee Golf Club and City of Gainesville’s Golf Course Advisory Committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the Georgia High School Golf Coaches’ Association Executive Board and was named to the GHSA Golf Advisory Board to the Executive Director.

He has also instructed at the Chris Haack Bulldog Golf Camp at the University of Georgia since 2005 and at the Dr. Morris Pickens’ Sea Island Elite Camp.

He also created “The Herd” junior golf program which produced over 80 junior golfers from ages 8-14. Having played golf for over 30 years, Worley competes regularly in regional amateur events and has competed in the Georgia State Amateur Tournament.

Worley holds a Level 1 certification at the Titleist Performance Institute and is a certified Impact Zone instructor. He graduated from Wofford College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science before receiving his Master of Education from Piedmont College in 2001. Most recently, he acquired his Ed.S. from UNG in 2007 in Educational Leadership.

What They Are Saying About Coach Worley

“Great hire by UNG! Bryson will do a phenomenal job with North Georgia just as he has done at Gainesville High School. He knows what it takes to not only build teams, but to win championships.”
– Chris Haack, Director of Golf/Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Georgia

“I am very excited to have Bryson take over our men’s program. He has had a long tradition of success at Gainesville and I am positive he will start that tradition here at North Georgia. I am looking forward to working with him in this new role.”
– Leigh Anne Hunter, Head Women’s Golf Coach, University of North Georgia

“Bryson is going to be a great fit at the University of North Georgia. He is the type of coach that will create a phenomenal culture with high expectations throughout the program which will lead to them being successful.”
– Ryan Hybl, Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Oklahoma

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.

NOTES
– 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.

NEXT UP
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.

NOTES
– 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.

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

Logan Archer Selected As Individual For 2018 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Regional

University of North Georgia
4/27/2018 | Men’s Golf
INDIANAPOLIS – University of North Georgia junior Logan Archer was selected to participate as an individual in the 2018 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional Men’s Golf Championship as announced by the NCAA office on Fridayafternoon.

The three-day event will be held from May 7-9 at Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C.

In order to be selected to play as an individual, a student-athlete must be from a team that did not qualify for the tournament and be one of the top four golfers in their region.

In 12 events this season, Archer is the Nighthawks’ top scorer with a 72.7 scoring average. He claimed medalist honors at the Montevallo Full Moon BBQ Invitational in the fall and shared the title at the Southern Tide Classic in the spring.

Archer, ranked No. 102 in GolfStat’s individual rankings, is the second golfer from UNG to be earn a spot in NCAA play after Matt Elliott became the first just last season.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 21-15, at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGIONAL 
Rock Barn Golf Club, Conover, N.C.
Host: Lenoir-Rhyne University

South Region Teams
West Florida [Gulf South Conference]
Florida Southern
Nova Southeastern
Florida Tech [Sunshine State Conference]
Barry
Lynn
Rollins
Saint Leo
Delta State
Albany State [Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]

South Region Individuals
Matt Anderson, Valdosta State
Davis Roche, Valdosta State
Samuel Jones, West Georgia
Scott Odell, Lee

Southeast Region Teams
South Carolina Aiken [Peach Belt Conference]
Newberry
Columbus State
Limestone
Carson-Newman [South Atlantic Conference]
Lincoln Memorial
Lander
Young Harris
North Greenville [Conference Carolinas]
Georgia Southwestern

Southeast Region Individuals
Nick Stafford, Belmont Abbey
Levi Kettelhut, Belmont Abbey
Logan Archer, North Georgia
Wanjoo Lee, Coker

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.

NOTES
– 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.

NEXT UP
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.

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