February 17, 2013

No. 12 Saints Finish Charger Chillout with 5-0 Record Following Pair of Sunday Wins

DECATUR, Ala. – The 12th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team completed the weekend sweep with a 5-0 record in the 2013 UAH Charger Chillout Sunday afternoon. The Saints (11-2) wrapped up their time in Decatur with an 11-3 win in six innings over Quincy University before completing the season sweep over the University of Alabama-Huntsville with a 7-1 victory in the day's second game.

Game 1: #12 North Georgia 11, Quincy 3 (6 Innings)

In the first game, North Georgia led things off with three runs in the bottom of the opening stanza as Kim McMillan, Katherine Martin and Kayla Minger all scored. McMillan, the Saints' lead-off hitter, scored first off a single by Martin with Martin then scoring when Callie Fernandez singled through the right side. Minger would finish off North Georgia's scoring in the inning as she raced home on a wild pitch.

The Hawks (0-4) were able to avoid the shutout with a single run in the third inning with Emma Topps crossing the plate off an Ashleigh Roscetti single to right field. Quincy would then tack on another two runs in the top of the sixth, but it was not enough to avoid being run-ruled by the Saints as North Georgia scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away early.

Martin ended the game having gone 2-3 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in and another scored while Fernandez recorded a pair of RBI as well. McMillan scored three runs and Taylor Anne Merritt scored two while Martin, Rochelle Shuman, Minger, Victoria St. Clair, Sarah Johnson and Katie Block all crossed the plate to score in the game.

Krysten Connelly recorded her second win of the season with four innings of work that saw her give up just one earned run while striking out three batters. Lauren Francis suffered her second loss of the season for Quincy in five innings of work that saw her give up 10 runs, seven being earned.

Game 2: #12 North Georgia 7, Alabama-Huntsville 1

In the Saints' final game of the weekend, North Georgia lit up Alabama-Huntsville's Kimberly Jack with three home runs, two by Tiffanie Burns and the other by Katie Block. Both Burns and Johnson ended the game 3-3 at the plate with Burns knocking in three runs as North Georgia put 12 hits on the board.

In the three games this season against the Chargers, North Georgia has out-scored Alabama-Huntsville 22-9 and off 31 hits.

The Saints took the early lead off three runs in the second inning, including Burns' first homer and Block's two-run shot, before plating two more runs in both the third and fifth innings. Burns' second home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field, also scored Victoria St. Clair in the bottom of the third inning.

The Chargers' lone run of the game came in the sixth when Kathryn Whitlock doubled down the left field line to score Meagan Billingsley.

Freshman Courtney Poole continued to work hard in the circle for the Saints as she gave up just four hits and the one earned run compared to five strikeouts to improve to 8-0 for the season while Jack was saddled with her second loss of the year. On the weekend, Poole recorded a 0.95 earned run average in 22 innings of work, finishing with a 3-0 record and one save while striking out 21 batters.

The Saints will return home after the three-day tournament for a Wednesday doubleheader against North Greenville University. First pitch in the first game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 before the squad heads to Salisbury, N.C. for the Catawba Invitational Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24.