Saints sweep the Abbey to put lid on regular season
North Georgia honors Bess and Grimm on senior day
DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon, taking care of Belmont Abbey 15-0 and 6-1 on senior day as the Saints tune up for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament which is set to begin Friday afternoon.
In game one, North Georgia jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning as Heidi Cranford raced home on an error to make it 1-0, while playing in her last home game of her career, Meigan Grimm singled through the right side to plate two more runs and make it 3-0.
The Saints would put to together their biggest offensive explosion of the year in the third inning, scoring nine runs on nine hits to take a 12-0 lead. Senior Krista Bess had the big blow in her final home game of her four-year career, blasting a three-run homer to center field to make it 8-0. Kasey Knight, Natasha Willemse, Leslee Smith, and Grimm all added RBI hits in the inning to contribute to the nine spot.
The Saints would add three more insurance runs in the fourth inning as Tiffany Blackburn connected with her 10th home run of the season, this time a three run shot to left field to plate Stephanie Farmakis and Bess and complete the 15-0 game one win.
Ansley Anderson (4-0) stayed perfect on the year, going the distance and giving up just two hits while striking out five. Jessica Bennett (0-4) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, tossing 3.0 innings and allowing 13 hits and 10 earned runs.
In game two, the Saints got right back to scoring, plating a run in the first and four more in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Bess tripled to plate a pair and Laura Voyles singled home a run later in the inning to continue the Saints offensive onslaught.
The Crusaders added their run in the fifth as Katie Hobbs singled through the right side, scoring Megan Mullis to make it 6-1.
Sarah Phillips (14-5) added another win to her freshman campaign, lasting four innings and giving up three hits and no runs while striking out seven. Desiree Carron (4-10) picked up the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs in six innings of work.
North Georgia (31-11, 10-8 PBC) will return to action Friday in Florence, South Carolina, as they await their first round pairing in the 2008 Peach Belt Conference softball tournament. Stay tuned for breaking news of the tournament bracket.