DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Despite out-hitting North Georgia 9-8 for the afternoon, Anderson University baseball dropped to Peach Belt Conference foe UNG in the opening game of a three-game set, 6-2, Friday evening at Bob Stein Stadium.
With the setback, the Trojans drop their third straight game after taking 2-of-3 from South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman last weekend. North Georgia improves to 6-4 for the year.
Headlining the AU lineup was sophomore middle infielder Kyle Bailey who finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. Bailey is now 5-for-8 in his last two games and hitting .360 with a .418 on-base percentage as Anderson’s leadoff batter.
Classmates Steven Cooper and Garrett Bernardo each posted two hits for the evening, as the duo posted AU’s only extra-base hits for the game. Cooper added on to his hitting streak with a 2-for-4 night with two doubles, as the first baseman now has a hit in nine straight ballgames. Bernardo tallied the Trojans’ first triple of the season in the seventh inning, as the transfer from the University of Maine is now hitting .316 with a .447 slugging percent for the year.
Left fielder Nathan Galliford and shortstop Brett Cash each notched a hit, as Galliford has now recorded a hit in his last four contests. During the stretch, Galliford is hitting .417 with a .500 slugging percentage.
North Georgia’s Andrew Gordon paced the Nighthawks with a 3-for-4 performance, adding two RBI. Leadoff hitter Tremayne Toorie finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while shortstop Joey Cecere knocked an RBI double in the fourth inning en route to two UNG runs.
After Anderson took a 1-0 lead after a Cash single, scoring Bailey, North Georgia scored three runs in the third, two runs in the fifth and an extra insurance run in the fifth to put the game out of reach. The Trojans would try to make a comeback in the seventh when Bernardo scored on an LJ Newman sacrifice fly. After the run, AU was unable to cross the plate against for the rest of the evening.
Nighthawk starter Brandon Agar tossed seven complete innings and struck out 10 Trojans, giving up just one walk en route to his third win of the season. Agar is now a perfect 3-0 for the season and carries a 1.32 ERA for the young season.
Anderson looks to even the series on Saturday when the teams lock up for the second day of a three-day set. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.