May 6, 2012

Saints Edge Augusta State, Advance to NCAA Super Regionals

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The top-seeded North Georgia softball team advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Southeast Super Regional on Sunday defeating fourth-seeded Augusta State 1-0 in the Dahlonega Regional Championship at The Hill.

Jessica Coan (25-7) capped a perfect 2-0 weekend for the Saints (48-8), tossing her second complete game shutout of the regional, striking out eight and scattering just three hits. In 14 innings of this weekend's regional games, Coan allowed zero runs and just six hits, while striking out 19 batters.

The pitching of Coan and Melissa Dickie led the Saints to victory as their offense mustered just four runs, only one of which were earned.

"It's a tribute to the great pitching we saw this weekend," said North Georgia head coach Mike Davenport. "Emily Headrick kept us off balance all afternoon."

North Georgia capitalized on each of their opponents mistakes and limited their own, committing just three errors to their opponents six.

For the second straight day the Saints capitalized on early miscues, as a throwing error led to the eventual game-winning run crossing the plate.

In the home-half of the first with Rochelle Shuman on first, senior Hilary Cox lined a one-out single to left field. A bobble allowed Shuman to move up to third and an errant throw that missed the cut-off sent her racing home.

Emily Headrick (18-7) picked up the loss tossing a complete game, allowing one unearned run surrendering five hits and striking out three.

After getting the lead, Coan was in shutdown mode retiring the final 14 batters she faced.

North Georgia has now won 12 consecutive NCAA Regional games and will make yet an other appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals this coming weekend.

The 2012 senior class also picked up their 200th career win over the weekend, now holding an incredible win total of 202 wins. Cox, Coan and Pilar Harden will go down as one of the most successful senior classes in school history.

The Saints will take on Peach Belt Conference foe Flagler in the NCAA Southeast Super Regional next Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th.