COLUMBUS, Ga. — Mike McClellan’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning brought Jackson Oliver scurrying home with the game-winning run as Columbus State rallied back from a late deficit to beat No. 17 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader.
It was the first loss of the season for the Braves (7-1, 1-1 PBC), who beat the the Cougars (4-5, 1-1) in the day’s first game..
UNCP got at least one base hit from eight different players. Dalton Knight drove in a run on a 2-for-5 outing and All-American Jordan Edgerton singled and doubled on a 2-for-5 outing as well. Jimmy Obermark (2-for-5), Jackson Oliver (2-for-4, 2 R) and Dustin Averett (2-for-4, 2 RBI) each turned in a pair of hits for Columbus State.
UNCP’s Brandon Estrain (0-1) struck out one batter and allowed just two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief, but took the loss when the final run scored. Trey Watson (1-0) surrendered just two hits over the final three innings from the mound to grab the win in relief for Columbus State.
The squads will play the rubber game of the series this afternoon. UNCP righty Connor Pratt (2-0, 6.00 ERA) is slated to take the hill against CSU right-hander Bryan Headley (1-1, 0.90).
Softball doubleheader moved to Monday
PEMBROKE — Due to melting snow that left LRA Field saturated on Saturday, the already postponed doubleheader between the UNCP softball team and Mount Olive has been delayed to Monday.
First pitch with Mount Olive (2-4) is set for 1 p.m. with the second game of the twinbill slated for 3 p.m. in Pembroke.
Horne’s career night not enough for UNCP women
DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Junior guard Kamille Horne logged 18 points on a career-high six 3-pointers, but it was not enough as the UNCP womens basketball team lost 87-69 to North Georgia.
Horne led a quartet of Braves who finished with double-figures points, including 16 points from Jazmine Kemp and 10 points from Kierra Haney. Backup Jasmine Huntley also tallied 10 points for UNCP.
“I thought we struggled to stop them all game, but they’re a very good offensive team who is averaging 81.5 points per game,” said UNCP coach John Haskins. “We played pretty well offensively in the first half with only four turnovers, and then early in the second half we gave up some offensive rebounds and that was the difference in the game. When you make mistakes they make you pay for it because they’re a very good team.”
The match was close coming out of the intermission, the Nighthawks leading by just three points, 40-37, but a 15-7 opening-run quickly gave North Georgia a double-digit advantage.
UNCP men can’t finish late comeback
DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The UNCP mens basketball team attempted to fight an uphill battle after entering into the half down by 20 points, but despite out-scoring North Georgia by five in the final stanza, it was not enough to give the Braves the victory as the Night Hawks got an 87-72 win on Saturday.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak in the series for the Braves (14-12, 5-11 PBC).
Brandon Winford had a team-best 16 points and was one board shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Junior Griffin Pittman and sophomore Quamain Rose chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, as both dished out four assists.
UNCP never led during the 40 minutes of regulation, but tied the score twice in the first half, and collected 22 points on the 18 turnovers committed by North Georgia.