No. 3 Nighthawks Race Past No. 1 Mount Olive, 13-6, In NCAA Southeast Regional

No. 3 Nighthawks Race Past No. 1 Mount Olive, 13-6, In NCAA Southeast Regional

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The No. 6 University of North Georgia baseball team scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 13-6 win over host and top-seeded Mount Olive, in third round action of the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Saturday evening at Mount Olive's Scarborough Field.
North Georgia (45-10) advances to Monday's championship game at 12:00.

The Nighthawks belted 18 hits on the night as first inning homeruns by Connor Hoover and Andres Perez kickstarted the hit parade. 

All nine players in the lineup recorded a hit with Devin Gearhart leading the way with a 4-for-5 game.  Perez, Conner Corbitt and Steven Tomlinson each added three-hit performances from the plate.

Logan Burt earned his third victory of the season with a solid five and one third innings of relief work in which the left hander allowed just a single run while striking out four Trojans.

Mount Olive's Austin Hutchison (12-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season after allowing the first seven runs of the game on six hits in just two thirds of an inning of work.

- Mount Olive (48-9) had won 18 of their last 19 contests and was 26-1 at Scarborough Field prior to tonight's game.
- The win marks the third time this season that the Nighthawks have knocked off the top-ranked team in the country.

- The game was delayed due to lightning in the bottom of the sixth with Trojans on first and second with no outs. Following a 30 minute delay, Burt returned to the hill to sit down the next three batters to avoid any damage.

- Corbitt's three knocks marked the tenth time this season that the sophomore has recorded three hits in a game.

- Hoover's first inning homerun was his team-best 18th of the season.

- The second-seeded Nighthawks advance to the championship game on Monday at 12:00 p.m.  The opponent will either be Mount Olive, fourth-seeded Catawba or seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial and that team will have to defeat UNG twice.