February 19, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 22 – Tuesday, February 19, 2013

UNG to Induct Four into Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 23

The University of North Georgia Athletic Department will be induct four individuals into the Athletics Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Those individuals include former baseball coach Jim Otte, Sr., former baseball player William Gieler, former women’s basketball player Anne (Smith) Hyams, and former softball and women’s basketball player Kara (Winkler) Leonard.

The Hall of Fame Luncheon will be at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 preceding the Saints’ Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Lander University at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All three classes of the UNG Athletics Hall of Fame will then be recognized at half time of the women's game.

No. 12 Softball (11-2)

Last week: Fri., Feb. 15 vs. West Alabama (W, 6-4); vs. Charleston (W, 9-0, 5 Inn.) – Charger Chillout
                  Sat., Feb. 16 vs. West Georgia (W, 7-0) – Charger Chillout
                  Sun., Feb. 17 vs. Quincy (W, 11-3, 6 Inn.); vs. Ala.-Huntsville (W, 7-1) – Charger Chillout
This week: Home vs. North Greenville – Doubleheader (Wed., Feb. 20 – 2:00 PM/4:00 PM)
                  Catawba Invitational (Salisbury, N.C. – Fri., Feb. 22 – Sun., Feb. 24) 

The 12th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team completed the weekend sweep in the UAH Charger Chillout this past weekend with a 5-0 record. The Saints (11-2) defeated the University of West Alabama 6-4 and the University of Charleston (W.V.) 9-0 in five innings on Friday, Feb. 15. They then took down the University of West Georgia 7-0 on Saturday, Feb. 16 before closing out the Chillout with an 11-3, 6-inning win over Quincy University and a 7-1 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday, Feb. 17.

For the weekend, freshman hurler Courtney Poole saw action in all five games, pitching 22 innings, while posting a 0.95 earned run average. She struck out 21 batters and allowed her opponents to hit just .128 against her while posting a 3-0 record and recording her first save of the season. 

Sophomore shortstop Tiffanie Burns batted .462 for the weekend with a .533 on-base percentage and a solid 1.154 slugging percentage as she recorded three home runs on the season. Two of her homers came in the final game against UAH in which Burns went 3-3 at the plate with three runs scored and three runs batted in for a slugging percentage of 3.000. 

The Saints will next welcome North Greenville University to Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.

Following the region matchup with the Crusaders, North Georgia will once again hit the road, traveling to Salisbury, N.C. for the Catawba Invitational that will see them compete in five games over three days from Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Women’s Basketball (9-14, 7-9 PBC) 

Last week (1-1): Away vs. Francis Marion (Thurs., Feb. 14 – W, 82-48); Away vs. UNCP ( Sat., Feb. 16 – L, 66-62)
This week: Home vs. Young Harris – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 21 – 5:30 PM) – "Spirit Night"
                  Home vs. Lander – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 23 – 2:30 PM) – "Hall of Fame Game"

The University of North Georgia women's basketball team split its pair of road games last week and enters the final three games of the regular season within striking distance of a bid into the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The Saints are currently 7-9 in conference play while the Bobcats of Georgia College, currently fourth in the West standings, are 8-8 with three games remaining.

North Georgia will look to capitalize on home court advantage in the next two games as Young Harris College and Lander University visit Memorial Hall Gymnasium this week. The Mountain Lions of Young Harris are currently tied with the Saints for fifth in the PBC West Division, but are inelligible for the PBC tournament as they are currently in their NCAA Division II probation year. The Bearcats of Lander of are members of the PBC East Division and are currently sixth in that race. 

Thursday's game with Young Harris will mark a rematch that the Saints are very much looking forward to as they dropped a close 71-64 game at Young Harris the last time the two met, on February 7. Thursday night will also mark "Spirit Night" in Memorial Hall, giving the Saints a true advantage with what is expected to be a capacity crowd on hand.

Saturday's game against Lander will be North Georgia's "Hall of Fame Games" as UNG will recognize those individuals who have been inducted into the North Georgia Athletics Hall of Fame at half time of the women's game.

Last week, UNG started the weekend off with an 82-48 thumping of Francis Marion University on the road. The Saints held the Patriots to their fewest points this season and their worst shooting performance (25.0%) of the year. The Saints recorded their best shooting performance of the year (59.3% from the field) en route to capturing their largest win (34 points).

In that game, five players finished in double figure points for North Georgia led by Stephanie Huffman's 17 and Mimi Hill's 16. Both played 35 minutes in the game with Hill going 8-15 from the field with eight rebounds while Huffman went 6-12 and finished with six boards. 

Hill then followed that up with one of her most dominating performances of the season on Saturday as the Saints traveled up to Pembroke, N.C. where they dropped a close, 66-62 decision to the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke. In that game, Hill recorded a career-high 32 points off a 63.2% (12-19) shooting performance and brought down another career high in 13 boards. 

Men’s Basketball (13-8, 8-6 PBC)

Last week (1-1): Away vs. Francis Marion (Thurs., Feb. 14 – W, 101-90); Away vs. UNCP ( Sat., Feb. 16 – L, 100-93 OT)
This week: Home vs. Young Harris – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 21 – 7:30 PM) – "Spirit Night"
                  Home vs. Lander – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 23 – 4:30 PM) – "Hall of Fame Game" 

Like the women's team, the University of North Georgia men's basketball team split its pair of road games last week with a win over Francis Marion University before dropping a game in overtime to the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The Saints enter the final stretch of the regular season third in the Peach Belt Conference West Division with an opportunity to move up into second on their own accord.

North Georgia will look to capitalize on home court advantage in the next two games as Young Harris College and Lander University visit Memorial Hall Gymnasium this week. The Mountain Lions of Young Harris are currently second in the PBC West Division, but are inelligible for the PBC tournament as they are currently in their NCAA Division II probation year. The Bearcats of Lander of are members of the PBC East Division and are currently seventh in that race. 

Thursday's game with Young Harris will mark a rematch that the Saints currently hold a 1-0 record in after North Georgia went to Young Harris and claimed an 85-77 victory, on February 7. Thursday night will also mark "Spirit Night" in Memorial Hall, giving the Saints a true advantage with what is expected to be a capacity crowd on hand.

Saturday's game against Lander will be North Georgia's "Hall of Fame Games" as UNG will recognize those individuals who have been inducted into the North Georgia Athletics Hall of Fame at half time of the women's game.

Last weekend, North Georgia eclipsed the century mark for the third time this season as they posted a 101-90 victory in Florence over the Patriots while shooting an extremely efficient 56.7% from the field. In that game, Ishmael Hollis scored a game-high 24 points while shooting 9-15 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. He also collected his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds.

In Saturday's game against UNC Pembroke, North Georgia fell in overtime for the first time this season as the Braves out-lasted the Saints 100-93. Both teams shot over 51% from the field with JC Ward leading the scoring for the Saints with 20 points.

Baseball (1-8)

Last week (0-3): Home vs. Millersville (L, 4-1); Home vs. #6 West Florida (L, 4-3); Home vs. Shorter (L, 4-2 10 Inn.)
This week: Home vs. Pfeiffer (Fri., Feb. 22 – 5:00 PM; Sat., Feb. 23 – 3:00 PM; Sun., Feb. 24 – 12:00 PM)

The University of North Georgia baseball team hosted three other teams last weekend for the North Georgia Classic. The Saints went 0-3 in the classic, but had the tying run on third when the game ended against the No. 6 University of West Florida on Saturday.

On Friday, North Georgia fell behind early, giving up two runs to an extremely explosive Millersville University team that currently averages just over seven runs per game. The game would end with the Marauders claiming a 4-1 victory on Friday evening. 

The Saints then played some of their most competitive baseball Saturday against the nationally-ranked Argonauts of West Florida. In that game, the Saints fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, but tied things back up with a run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the fifth. Eason Spivey went 3-3 at the plate and Edwin Arias and Tremayne Toorie each recorded an RBI as the Saints came within inches of tying the game back up in the ninth after West Florida plated another run in the top of the inning.

In Sunday's game with Shorter University, the Saints were able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Hawks proved resilient and tied things up, taking the game into an extra inning where Shorter claimed the 4-2 victory. Jacob Beauchamp pitched seven innings in the game for the Saints, striking out six batters while not giving up a run. 

The Saints will next look to host Pfeiffer University for a three-game, weekend series lasting from Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24. The Saints and Falcons will first square off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will then renew their rivalry at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The two will then close out the weekend with a 12:00 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

Women's Tennis (0-3)

Lat week: Home vs. #3 NAIA Brenau (Wed., Feb. 13 – L, 8-1); Home vs. #10 Francis Marion (Sat., Feb. 16 – L, 8-1)
This week: Away vs. #7 Columbus State (Wed., Feb. 20 – 2:00 PM); Away vs. #44 USC Aiken (Sat., Feb. 23 – 2:30 PM);
                 Home vs. UNC Pembroke (Sun., Feb. 24 – 11:00 AM)

The University of North Georgia women's tennis team dropped a pair of matches last week to some tough competition in Brenau University, ranked No. 3 in NAIA, and No. 10 Francis Marion University. The Saints were able to take No. 6 singles in both matches and received some spirited play from the entire team.

The match against Brenau proved to be an extremely taxing affair for both sides as the weather forced the match to be postponed following doubles play. When play was resumed on Thursday, Feb. 14, Natalia Escobar, Mathilda Baartvedt and Natasha Bertolucci all forced their singles matches to go to tiebreaker sets. Escobar, playing at No. 2 singles, fell 7-5 early in the first set, but bounced back with a 7-6 win before Marina Medina won 10-8 in the tiebreaker. Bertolucci bounced back from a 6-1 deficit in the first set to claim the second 6-0, but Sophie van Beljnum claimed the No. 5 singles win  with a 10-8 tiebreaker victory.

On Saturday, the Saints opened their Peach Belt Conference play with another extremely tough match, this time against the Patriots of 10th-ranked Francis Marion. Once again, senior Jordan Poole claimed a win at No. 6 singles with the rest of the team battling hard against the Patriots, but the Saints ultimately fell 8-1 in the match.

Both teams will now hit the road for two straight matches against seventh-ranked Columbus State University and the 44th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken before the women return home on Sunday, Feb. 24 to take on the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The Columbus State match is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 and the match with USC Aiken is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.  

No. 23 Men's Tennis (2-1)

Lat week: Home vs. #20 Francis Marion (Sat., Feb. 16 – L, 5-4)
This week: Away vs. #7 Columbus State (Wed., Feb. 20 – 2:00 PM); Away vs. #35 USC Aiken (Sat., Feb. 23 – 2:30 PM) 

The University of North Georgia men's tennis team opened its Peach Belt Conference slate on Saturday with a match against 20th-ranked Francis Marion University. Senior Felipe Friedrich played one of his best matches as he claimed a huge upset win over the No. 10 singles player in the nation. Friedrich defeated Alex Caspari, who is also No. 3 in the Southeast Region, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 as the Saints claimed two of the six singles match ups.

Caspari and doubles partner Gavin Davison, ranked #12 in the nation in doubles, claimed the Patriots' only doubles win on the day, 9-7 over Friedrich and Matheus Guida at No. 1 doubles. Giovani Santos and Sam Gantt combined to defeat Tim Ruepke and Eimon Heywood 8-1 at No. 2 doubles while Mario Mesquita and Ernesto Farinas took down Marius Wahlier and Arnaud Holl 9-8.

But the Patriot men (5-0) were able to claim four of the singles matches despite the Saints (2-1) being up 4-3 with two final matches to play. The match for the men came down to the battle between Mesquita and Wahlier at No. 6 singles. Wahlier took the first set 6-4 with Mesquita bouncing back with a 1-6 victory in set two, but Wahlier finished things off 6-3 in the third.

Both teams will now hit the road for two straight matches against seventh-ranked Columbus State University and the 35th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken before the women return home on Sunday, Feb. 24 to take on the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The Columbus State match is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 and the match with USC Aiken is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.  

Women's Golf

This week: CSU Lady Cougar Invitational (Mon., Feb. 25 – Tues., Feb. 26)

The University of North Georgia women's golf team will jump back into action this coming weekend at the Columbus State University Lady Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga. The tournament will start Monday, Feb. 25 and will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 

Men's Golf

This week: Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational (Mon., Feb. 25 – Tues., Feb. 26)

After starting the 2013 season at the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational two weeks ago, the University of North Georgia men's golf team will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Savannah, Ga. where the Saint men will compete in the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational. The tournament will last from Monday, Feb. 25 through Tuesday, Feb. 26.