March 8, 2012

Burns' Six RBI's Power Saints Past Wolves, No. 1 Ala.-Huntsville Awaits

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The No. 2-ranked Saints softball team got two convincing wins over visiting West Georgia on Thursday night, 9-1 and 5-1.

Game 1 vs West Georgia (NG 9-1)

North Georgia used hot bats and dominant pitching to beat the Wolves of West Georgia in the early game of the doubleheader.

Jessica Coan (12-3) set the tone early, striking out four of the first seven Wolves that came to bat.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Saints (22-3) scored four runs on four hits.  The inning started with a Kayla Minger walk, followed by a Callie Fernandez double.  Tiffanie Burns continued the hitting with a three- run bomb to left center.  After Katie Block doubled to center, Rochelle Shuman doubled to bring in Block and make the score 4-0.

In the third inning, Coan continued to dominate inside the circle, striking out all three batters  she faced.  The bottom half of the inning had the Saints getting back on the scoreboard with another three-run homer from Burns. 

Burns finished the game 2-for-2, as she walked in her final at bat of the game.  She also scored three runs on the day and had six RBI's.

The Wolves (5-12) finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning as Imani Cabell doubled to centerfield, scoring Megan Garcia.

The Saints scored in the bottom of the fifth as Block doubled again, scoring Mackenzie Arlt from second base.  The game ended with a Pilar Harden single, which scored Tiffanie Burns to end the game with a score of 9-1 in five innings.

The Saints hit the ball well all around in game one.  Shuman finished 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, while Fernandez finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

Game 2 vs. West Georgia (NG 5-1)

The Saints used two solo home runs and shut-down pitching from Melissa Dickie and Krysten Connelly to sweep the Wolves.

North Georgia (23-3) put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth, and shut down West Georgia for the final five innings.

Karlie Gillam smacked a solo home run that tied the game at one a piece, the closest the game would be until the final out. Gillam finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The four-run fourth was highlighted by a Sarah Johnson solo home run. Johnson also hit a double and finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Katherine Martin also knocked a run in and finished 1-for-3.

The perfect record of Melissa Dickie (8-0) stayed intact as she threw four quality innings, allowing just one run. Dickie struck out four and only walked one.

Krysten Connelly closed the deal, shutting down the visiting Wolves the final three innings. Connelly struck out two, but more importantly allowed just one hit and picked up her first save of the year.


The Saints now prepare to host the Captain D's Classic this weekend. North Georgia will play No. 1-ranked Alabama-Huntsville twice and the University of Charleston twice as well.

For complete Captain D's Classic information click here.