DAHLONEGA | A pair of Andrew Gordon home runs, including a towering three-run shot down the left field line in the sixth, helped lift the University of North Georgia baseball team to a 9-5 victory over Southern Wesleyan Tuesday evening at Bob Stein Stadium. The Nighthawks advance to 15-7 on the year with the win and even this year’s series with the Warriors.
Aggressive base running and clutch hitting earned Southern Wesleyan (5-19) the first run of the game in the top of the first. Michael Hyman hit a leadoff single and proceeded to steal second and third, and he came home on a two-out single to right by Daniel Williams.
Gordon’s first home run of the day, a two-run wall scraper to left center, put UNG on top for the first time, 2-1 in the third. Southern Wesleyan answered with four runs – one unearned – in the top of the fourth on two hits and a Nighthawk throwing error on an attempted double play.
The second of Gordon’s homers would come at the perfect time as his booming shot over the left field foul pole plated himself, Hoover and Sam Tidaback, putting the Nighthawks back up, 6-5.
UNG pushed across three more runs in the seventh, two of which came off of a Hoover RBI single to center aided by a throwing error by the centerfielder trying to retire Cecere at third, who was awarded home after the throw bounced into the SWU dugout. Hoover, who was given third on the same error, came home to score on a Steven Tomlinson RBI single to right, giving North Georgia the 9-5 lead that proved final.