UNG baseball earns PBC Regular Season Championship

For the third time in five years, the Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Championship calls Dahlonega home as the No. 24 University of North Georgia baseball team beat Columbus State, 4-2, Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars struck first, scoring both of their runs on a first inning RBI single, but North Georgia got the momentum back in the fourth, starting with a Jake Arnold solo blast that cut the lead in half.

Three batters later, Bill LeRoy tied the game with a RBI single to plate Crews Taylor before the Nighthawks took the lead on a Cougar error, 3-2. 

UNG scored the final run in the sixth inning as Taylor came home on a double play.

After finishing the season tied with Flagler in the standings for the top spot, the Nighthawks will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming PBC tournament due to UNG taking two of three from the Saints earlier in the year.

Cade Heil (4-2) earned the win for North Georgia after going 8.2 innings and striking out 10 along the way. Parker Morrison earned his eighth save of the year.

Arnold, Chase Sudduth, Brady Eeles and Nik Levensteins each had two hits in the game with Levensteins going 2-for-2 after entering the game as a pinch hitter.

Next up, the Nighthawks will head to St. Augustine, Florida, for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament this weekend. 

UNG is in Pool A with No. 4 Young Harris, No. 5 Georgia College and No. 8 Georgia Southwestern. 

North Georgia will begin by taking on Georgia Southwestern State on May 10.

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