May 18, 2009

#1 Saints Set to Leave Campus Tuesday at 1:00 PM

National Championship Website

DAHLONEGA, GA – The top-ranked North Georgia softball team is preparing for the NCAA National Championships in Salem, Virginia as they Saints will depart the North Georgia campus at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in front of Memorial Hall gymnasium.

Parents, fans, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community are welcome to “sendoff” the Saints to their first-ever NCAA National Championship appearance. The bus will depart campus at 1:00 p.m.

The Saints captured the 2009 Southeast Super Regional Championship in Dahlonega last weekend, defeating Carson-Newman College 6-3 in game one, and 1-0 in game two to advance to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championships in Salem, Virginia.

North Georgia will take on Dixie State in the opening round of the Championship, opposing the Red Storm on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Moyer Sports Complex. The 19th-ranked Dixie State squad is 41-11, winning six of their last seven coming into the National Tournament.

The Saints enter their first-round matchup as the #1 team in the nation with a record of 48-3 overall, winning 40 of their last 41 games and holding the nation’s best winning percentage at .940. North Georgia is just two wins away from the school record for wins, a mark posted in 2003 with 50 wins and eight losses.

The Saints continue their historic run through the playoffs, winning 25 consecutive game after capturing the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship, the NCAA Southeast Regional, and the NCAA Southeast Super Regional to earn one of eight spots in the Division II College World Series.