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.
MORROW, Ga. – Trailing by 13 early, the No. 21 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team fought all the way back and hung on late for a 70-65 win over Clayton State Monday night at The Loch. The Nighthawks have won 11 straight games and are two wins away from clinching a spot in the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
The Lakers jumped out to 12-3 lead in the first four minutes and extended that lead to 20-7 before the Nighthawks started chipping away. UNG cut the lead to just one at the half for a 34-33 score after two quarters.
North Georgia took its first lead of the night with 6:06 to play in the third period, 37-36, but the Lakers stretched their lead back out to six through the third. The Nighthawks went on to outscore Clayton State, 25-14, in the final period to claim the road win.
Amber Skidgel came alive in the fourth quarter to lead the Nighthawks in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three baskets from distance.
– Julie McKie scored 12 points, all of which came from the free throw line. For the Lakers, Abreylin Rackley led the way with 18 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc.
– Only three other times has North Georgia had a winning streak go 11 games or longer since the 2001-02 season, including two 15-game winning streaks.
– UNG went 30-of-36 from the free throw line in the game. The 30 made free throws ties the fifth-most made free throws in a single game in the NCAA era.
The Nighthawks will finish a three games in five days stretch with a home game against Columbus State on Wednesday. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and will also serve as Faculty Appreciation Night.