FLORENCE, SC – North Georgia's Daniel McCrary pitched a complete-game two-hitter as the Nighthawks beat Georgia Southwestern 4-1 in an elimination game of the PBC Baseball Tournament in Florence, S.C. With the win, the Nighthawks (42-9) advance to the semifinal round and will play again on Friday at 8:30 pm against Georgia College. Georgia Southwestern (20-29) sees their season come to a close.
McCrary finished the game in 130 pitches, collecting five strikeouts and walking two. The junior lefty retired 15 in a row at one point, with the only GSW run unearned. He improved to 10-1 with the win.
North Georgia got on the board early with two runs in the first. With the bases loaded, Bill Leroy drew a walk to bring in the first run. Conner Corbitt then lifted a pop up that was ruled an infield fly, bringing home Michael Gouge on the sacrifice fly.
Georgia Southwestern got their lone run in the top of the second. With a runner at second, Dakota Long lifted a long fly ball to left that was misplayed, allowing the run to score.
GSW got a single in the third, but would not collect another base hit until the eighth.
North Georgia added two runs in the eighth as Corbitt led off with a double and later scored on Andres Perez's sacrifice fly. Steven Tomlinson later scored on a squeeze bunt from Devin Gearhart.
Jarrod Crum (L, 2-4) took the loss for the Hurricanes despite going the distance himself, allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Kal Dempsey was the only Nighthawk to collect more than one hit as he went 2-for-3. Gouge and Corbitt had the only extra-base hits in the game.
Josh Logan had both hits for the Hurricanes, going 2-for-3 on the day.