April 14, 2012

Saints Break out the Bats, Sweep Away USC Aiken

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Saints pushed their winning streak up to nine games this afternoon, as they swept USC Aiken 7-0 and 8-5 at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.

Game 1: North Georgia 7 USC Aiken 0

Melissa Dickie maintained her recent dominance, and got some key run support along the way in giving North Georgia (39-7, 13-3 PBC) the early game victory. 

Dickie (15-0) threw her fifth shutout victory of the season against the visiting Pacers (24-15, 9-9 PBC) and kept her perfect record going along the way. The freshman struck out six batters and only surrendered four hits.

In a scoreless battle heading into the fourth inning, North Georgia proceeded to score a run in the fourth and three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings on their way to earning their 13th shutout victory of the season. 

Kayla Minger kept her "Minger Magic" season alive with three more RBI's in the game. Minger finished 2-for-3, including her team-leading 11th double of the season.

Senior centerfielder Pilar Harden stayed hot as well, going 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI and a run scored, including a solo home run. Harden's average continues to climb, as it continues to rise well over the .300 mark. 

Also contributing to the offensive attack was Katherine Martin, who finished with two RBI's and a run scored. Martin finished 1-for-2 with a double.

Game 2: North Georgia 8 USC Aiken 5 

The bats came alive in the fourth inning of game two, as the Saints pushed seven runners across. That total is tied for the highest single-inning run total this season, the last coming against Kentucky State at Disney.

Sarah Johnson hit a towering three-run home run over the centerfield wall, accounting for three of the seven runs they scored in the fouth. Johnson finished 1-for-3 with the three RBI's. 

Also adding three RBI's was senior catcher Hilary Cox. Cox was 2-for-3 with a two-run in single to help spark the fourth inning.

Harden stayed hot in game two, as she finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 

Picking up the win was Krysten Connelly (3-1) who went four and a third innings, allowing four earned runs on five Pacer hits. Connelly also struck out four batters. Dickie picked up her first save of the season.

Tiffanie Burns, Gillam and Martin each finished with multi-hit games, while combining to score three runs.


The No. 13-ranked Saints have now won nine straight games, including four straight Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweeps. 

Holding strong as the number one team in the NCAA Southeast Region Poll, the Saints bolstered their regional hopes by sweeping USC Aiken.

North Georgia will now travel to Greenwood, South Carolina, to take on Lander tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:30 PM.