February 15, 2012

Saints Use Coan No-Hitter and Seven Home Runs to Sweep Mars Hill

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

MARS HILL, NC – The No. 3-ranked Saints softball team used a no-hitter from Jessica Coan and seven home runs to sweep Mars Hill on Wednesday afternoon, 6-0 and 10-2 at Ponder Field.

North Georgia (6-0) has now started off the season with six straight wins for the third consecutive  season.

Game 1 (NG 6-0)

Jessica Coan threw seven perfect innings on her way to throwing her first collegiate no-hitter, while only allowing two base-runners all game. She struck out 10 batters and was virtually untouchable all afternoon.

The Saints gave Coan an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Pilar Harden hit a two-run line-drive home run over the center field wall. Rochelle Shuman scored on the play after she reached on a slap single to left field.

North Georgia would add another in the third when Shuman scored again on a ground ball from Harden. Shuman was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored.

Katherine Martin hit the first of her three home runs on the day in the top of the sixth inning to give Coan an even bigger lead she would be sure not to relinquish. Martin crushed the 2-run bomb to dead center field, after Harden reached on a single up the middle.

Kaitlyn Seabolt hit her first career home run in the top of the fourth inning, giving the Saints a 4-0 lead. Seabolt was 2-for-3 in the game.

Harden led the bats going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI's.

Coan improved her record to 4-0 on the season and dropped her ERA even lower to an astonishing .28. The senior has pitched 25.1 innings and has struck out 38 batters.

Game 2 (NG 10-2)

North Georgia brought the sticks to game two, knocking out 12 hits and scoring 10 runs. The Saints smacked four home runs, more than their combined total from their previous four games this past weekend.

Melissa Dickie also pitched a great game, surrendering only one earned run. Dickie struck out three batters and only gave up four hits. The freshman dropped her ERA down to 1.66 and now holds a 2-0 record this the season.

After Mars Hill was called for using an illegal bat and a Lions' player was ejected, the Saints decided to make quick work of the hosts from the SAC.

The game was tied at one apiece until the Saints put up a crooked five on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning.

Martin led off the inning with another home run, her second on the day, crushing one over the left field fence.

After Karlie Gillam reached on an error by Mars Hill, Sarah Johnson blew the game wide open with a three-run home run.

Johnson finished the game going 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI's, including the three-run bomb that essentially put the Lions away.

Tiffanie Burns played a great game defensively in the field, recording six assists in the two games, while being as solid as they get at the shortstop position. Burns was also 1-for-2 in the second game of the doubleheader.

The eight-run rule was in place when senior leader Hilary Cox hit a three-run shot to right-center, clearing the fence by an easy 20 feet. Cox finished with three RBI's while also putting up a wall behind the plate, keeping the few Mars Hill base runners in check.

Mars Hill (5-5) was led by Natalie Haithcox, who finished with two hits and two RBI's on the day.

The Saints get right back at it this weekend, when they travel to Decatur, Alabama, to take part in the 2012 Ringor UAH Charger Chillout. While there, North Georgia will play six games in three days, including three against teams ranked in the NFCA Top 25 poll.

The first game of the weekend event is scheduled on Friday at 3:30 PM when the Saints play No. 11 Rollins College. The games will be played at the Wilson Morgan Sports Park.

Be sure to follow all of the action live on SaintsSports.com.