March 19, 2009

Softball Up Two Spots to #3 in Latest NFCA Poll

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team has moved up two spots to #3 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll released Wednesday afternoon.

The Saints moved up a pair of spots after a 15-game winning streak pushed North Georgia’s record to 23-3 overall and 3-1 in the Peach Belt Conference.

Last week, the Saints went went 7-1, opening up with a pair of home wins in conference play against Augusta State, before traveling to Florida and sweeping four games with Eckerd College and Flagler College. North Georgia then split with USC Aiken as the Pacers put a lid on the Saints' 15-game winning streak.

North Georgia has claimed victory in run-rule fashion six different times this season, while going a perfect 3-0 in extra-inning contests.

While North Georgia continues to move up the rankings, individuals make headlines in the Peach Belt Conference as Courtney McGuire earned Player of the week honors last week, while Sarah Phillips garnered the Pitcher of the week award in the PBC.

The Saints currently lead the Peach Belt Conference in pitching and hitting, with the lowest earned run average in the league at 1.56, while leading all teams at the plate with a .316 batting average.

Leslee Smith leads all hitters in the PBC with a .436 batting average, while Smith and McGuire are tied for the league lead in runs batted in with 28. McGuire also finds herself at the top of the conference in home runs with 8, and runs scored with 34.

The Saints will travel to West Georgia for a doubleheader with the Wolves on Thursday afternoon in non-conference action, before returning home to face Armstrong Atlantic over the weekend at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.