North Georgia downs Montevallo

Published 11:55 am Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tenth-ranked North Georgia rallied late to down the visiting University of Montevallo Thursday, 16-9, ending a four game win streak.

UM freshman Duston Daugherty led off in the game with a double to left center he then scored two batters later as Andy Revell doubled to the same location. Chris Sosebee scored in the very next inning as freshman Joe Handley drove him in on an RBI single.

Three more runs were scored in the third as Sosebee hit a long ball over the left field fence to score himself, Revell and Daugherty.

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the third the Saints put together three hits and scored four runs as the Falcons committed an error. The Falcons responded in the fourth as Norman drove in Daugherty to extend Montevallo’s lead to 6-4.

The Saints took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the fourth as they scored three runs off of four hits. The Falcons did not let that lead last long as they scored a pair of runs in the very next inning as Rhodes hit a two-run home run over the right field fence to score Kevin Garcia.

The Falcons scored their final run in the sixth as Dustin Rhodes drove in Ryan Norman.

The Saints went on to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-9 and then added five more runs in the seventh before finishing with a run in the eighth.

Senior Brandon Aldridge got the start on the mound and went 3.1 innings while striking out one. Junior Taylor Edwards came in next and pitched 1.2 innings while picking up the loss. Edwards’ record dropped to 1-2 on the season while he struck out three. The other two pitchers who contributed to the effort were junior John Michael Caraway and freshman Wes Rich of Pelham. Caraway went 2.0 innings while Rich went the final inning striking out one.

UM (11-4-1) will be back in action Friday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. as it hosts Bluefield State University.