February 6, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 20 – Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Busy Weekend on Tap for North Georgia Athletics

The University of North Georgia Athletics Department will be quite busy this weekend with a combined 14 events on campus between Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10.

Things will start on Friday at 2:00 p.m. when the women's tennis team hosts Erskine College at the North Georgia Tennis Complex. The baseball team will then host King College (TN) in a 5:00 p.m. game at Bob Stein Stadium. 

On Saturday, the real fun begins with 7 events on campus. The softball team will host three other schools (the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Lincoln Memorial University and fellow Peach Belt Conference school Lander University) in the 2013 North Georgia – Captain D's Classic at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium with games at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The baseball team will also continue its weekend series with King in a 1:00 p.m. game at Bob Stein on Saturday while the women's and men's basketball teams host Columbus State University in a pair of PBC games at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The women's basketball game will be the Saints' annual Pink Game and the whole day at Memorial Hall Gymnasium will be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold to the basketball games going to the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department's donations dollar-for-dollar.

Finally, the action will wrap up on Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. baseball game and another set of four games in the Captain D's Classic at "the Hill."

Be sure to check www.SaintsSports.com for the full schedule of events. 

Tennis

This week: Men & Women host Shorter (Wed., Feb. 6 – 2:00 PM)
           Women host Erskine (Fri., Feb. 8 – 2:00 PM)
           Men at Erskine (Sat., Feb. 9 – 1:00 PM) 

Last week Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the opening of the University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis. The women's season-opener against Clark Atlanta University was cut short during the doubles portion of the match due to snow. Leading up to the postponement, Natalia Escobar and Mathilde Baartvedt had claimed an 8-1 decision over Vanessa Jean-Baptiste and Brionne Bachus at No. 1 doubles.

The Saints' No. 2 doubles tandem of Cameron Williams and Adalyn Hazelman were leading V. Baysguena and Ivory Conley 5-1 while Mallory Kolts and Audrey Marlette were leading Kasey Dawson and A. Boyd 5-2 at No. 3 doubles when play was suspended.

On Sunday, the two teams were scheduled to play host to Lenoir-Rhyne University, but due to the threat of continued inclement weather, that match was also postponed and will be made up at a later date. 

This week, the two squads will finally start their Spring 2013 schedule with a combined match against Shorter University on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Tennis Complex. The women will then host Erskine College on Friday at 2:00 p.m. while the men will travel to Erskine on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. match. 

Directions to the North Georgia Tennis Complex can be found HERE.

Baseball (0-3) 

Last week (0-3): vs. #28 Lynn (Fri., Feb. 1 – L, 9-8 (10)); vs. Palm Beach Atl. (Sat., Feb. 2 – L, 7-2); vs. Valdosta State (Sun., Feb. 3 – L, 6-2)
This week: Home vs. King (3-game series – Fri., Feb. 8 – Sun., Feb. 10 – 5:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 12:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia baseball team started its 2013 season off last weekend with three games in the Comfort Suites Classic hosted by Valdosta State University. The Saints took #28 Lynn University to extra innings and forced their opponents to commit nine errors on the weekend, but were unable to come away from Valdosta with a win.

Freshman Jesse Strickland had the best weekend at the plate for the Saints as he batted .300 (3-10).

The Saints will remain at home for the next three weekends. North Georgia opens its stretch of nine home games with a three-game series against King College this weekend starting Friday, Feb. 8 at 5:00 p.m. The Saints and Tornado will then play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. 

Softball (3-1)

Last week: Sat., Feb. 2 vs. Florida Southern (W, 5-0); vs. Saint Leo (W, 5-2) – PBC-SSC Challenge
           Sun., Feb. 3 vs. Lynn (L, 4-3); vs. Florida Tech (W, 5-3) – PBC-SSC Challenge
This week: Captain D's Classic (Sat., Feb. 9 – Sun., Feb. 10) 

The 12th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team started its 2013 season off with a 3-1 record in the first-ever Peach Belt Conference – Sunshine State Conference Softball Challenge. The Saints helped the PBC claim the challenge 12-4 over the SSC.

North Georgia opened the weekend up on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a 5-0 win over Florida Southern College before picking up a 5-2 victory over Saint Leo University a few hours later. The next day, Lynn University pulled off the 4-3 upset over the nationally-ranked Saints but North Georgia bounced back with a 5-3 victory over Florida Institute of Technology.

Senior Katherine Martin, a 2013 PBC Preseason All-Conference selection, led the way at the plate for the Saints on the weekend with a .385 batting average. The Saints' starting first baseman went 5-13 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles while sophomore transfer Kim McMillan went 4-12 with five runs scored and two home runs.

In the circle, freshman Courtney Poole went 2-0 in three appearances and strike out 23 batters in 15 innings of work. In her collegiate debut, Poole fanned 14 batters in a 5-2 victory over Saint Leo.

The Saints will next host Lander University, Lincoln Memorial University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the North Georgia – Captain D's Classic. The classic will feature eight games covering Saturday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 10 with games at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on both days.

North Georgia will get things started with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday before Lander takes on the Railsplitters at 1:00 pm.  North Georgia will then play Alabama-Huntsville at 3:00 p.m. with the Bearcats and Chargers facing off at 5:00 p.m. 

The next day, Lander will renew its rivalry with Alabama-Huntsville at 11:00 a.m. before taking on Lincoln Memorial at 1:00 p.m. The Saints will then close out the 2013 Captain D's Classic with back-to-back games against Alabama-Huntsville at 3:00 p.m. and Lincoln Memorial at 5:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball (11-8, 6-6 PBC)

Last week (0-2): Away vs. Columbus State (L, 75-61); Away vs. Montevallo (L, 83-79)
This week: Away vs. Young Harris – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 7 – 7:30 PM)
           Home vs. Columbus State – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 9 – 3:30 PM) – Lumpkin County Educators Day

The University of North Georgia men's basketball team dropped two road games last week to Columbus State University (75-61) and the University of Montevallo (83-79) but remain third in the Peach Belt Conference West Division standings heading into the final stretch of the season. 

In Thursday's game at Columbus State, North Georgia ended the game shooting 36.5% (23-62) from the field but the Cougars were able to hold the Saints to their second-lowest three-point shooting performance of the season, 9.5% (2-21). The Saints narrowly beat out the Cougars under the basket, 48-45, but 15 turnovers compared to nine by Columbus State hindered North Georgia's efforts.

Ishmael Hollis led all scorers with 22 points and ended the contest with a double-double as he also corralled in 14 rebounds, 10 off the defensive glass. Freshman Corey Green scored 14 points, going 6-7 from the field, while Travis Core ended the game with 10 points including one of the Saints two treys.

Columbus State, which shot 38.1% (24-63) from the field and 32% (8-25) from three-point range, had all five starters score in double figures led by Jermaine Morgan's 16 points. He went 6-12 from the field and 4-9 from the free throw line while also bringing down eight rebounds. 

The Saints followed that up on Saturday with a solid 47.5% (28-59) performance from the field against the Falcons of Montevallo, but Montevallo managed to hit 26 of their 50 attempts (52%) in the win. The difference maker was the Falcons' eight three-pointers compared to three by the Saints. The Saints did dominate the boards as they out-rebounded the Falcons 38-25 and scored 36 points inside the paint. 

JC Ward bested his previous season-high for points in the loss as he scored 17 while shooting 7-8 from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line. He also corralled in five boards.

The Saints have one final road contest this week, a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Young Harris College on Thursday, Feb. 7, before returning home on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. rematch with Columbus State. the whole day at Memorial Hall Gymnasium will be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold to the basketball games going to the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department's donations dollar-for-dollar.

Women’s Basketball (8-11, 6-6 PBC)

Last week (1-1): Away vs. Columbus State (L, 92-88); Away vs. Montevallo (W, 82-76)
This week: Away vs. Young Harris – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 7 – 5:30 PM)
           Home vs. Columbus State – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 9 – 1:30 PM) – Pink Game / Lumpkin County Educators Day

The University of North Georgia women's basketball team went 1-1 last week on the road, picking up a big 82-76 win over the University of Montevallo after falling 92-88 to Columbus State on Thursday. 

In Thursday's loss to Columbus State, the Saints opened the game shooting a scorching 66% (21-32) from the field, and finished shooting 59% (36-61). Neither team could do much wrong in the opening stanza as far as shooting went. Both teams ended the half shooting identical 66% from the field. 

Junior forward Jaymee Carnes eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark with a 30-point outing against the Cougars. Carnes' 1,000 point came in the form of a jumper with just  13:09 remaining in the second half. Carnes went 13-21 from the field and had seven rebounds and seven assists while three other starters for the Saints ended the night in double figures.

Saturday's win over Montevallo avenged an earlier 60-58 loss to the Falcons back on Jan. 10 at home. The Saints were solid from the field with a 29-58 (50%) performance that included going 4-11 (36.4%) from beyond the three-point arc. North Georgia also controlled the glass as they out-rebounded Montevallo 47-32, including 24-10 in the first half.

Four of North Georgia's starting five scored in double figures Saturday afternoon, led by Mimi Hill's 19 points. It was her fourth game in a row scoring in double figures as she went 7-11 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line while just missing out on a double-double with nine rebounds.

Four other Saints finished the night in double-digit points. Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman's 12 points pulled her to within 10 points of 500 career points.

The Saints women have one final road contest this week, a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at Young Harris College on Thursday, Feb. 7, before returning home on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. rematch with Columbus State. Saturday's game will be the Saints' annual Pink Game and the whole day at Memorial Hall Gymnasium will be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold to the basketball games going to the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department's donations dollar-for-dollar.

Mixed Rifle

Last week: Home vs. #13 NC State & #9 Memphis (Sat., Feb. 2 – 3rd/3rd)
This week: Away at Virginia Military Institute (Sat., Feb. 9 – 8:00 AM)

The University of North Georgia mixed rifle team wrapped up its final home match of the season on Saturday, Feb. 2 when the Saints hosted two NCAA Division I teams including the No. 9 University of Memphis and No. 13 North Carolina State University.

NC State claimed the match with a 4592/4800 while Memphis finished second as a team with a 4579. The Wolfpack claimed the morning's three-position smallbore (.22) competition with a score of 2269/2400 while Memphis took the afternoon's standing air rifle event with a 2329/2400. The Saints finished third in both events and ended the day with a respectable 4434/4800.

The team was led by freshmen Casadie Bragg (549/600) and Cadet Kyle Bailey (546) in the smallbore while Bragg (580/600) and sophomore Cadet Chris Tiller (566) led the way in the standing air rifle.

Freshman Sara Howell (565) tied her personal best, while freshman Cadet Andrew Abernathy posted his new personal best (560) in the standing air rifle.

The Saints return to action this weekend with a match at Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, Feb. 9. 

Golf

This week: Women at Flagler World Golf Village Invitational (St. Augustine, FL - Sun., Feb. 10-Mon., Feb. 11)
           Men at Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational (St. Simons, GA - Mon., Feb. 11-Tues., Feb. 12)

The University of North Georgia men's and women's golf teams will finally get to start their 2013 Spring schedules this weekend after over three months of not having competed.

The women will start first in the Flagler World Golf Village Invitational down in St. Augustine, Fla. The tournament will go from Sunday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 11 and will feature 14 teams.

The men will then compete down in St. Simons, Ga. at the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational from Monday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb. 12.