May 26, 2009

Voyles Named World Series All-Tournament Team

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University’s Laura Voyles has been named to the 2009 NCAA Division II Softball Championship All-Tournament Team announced Monday afternoon at the conclusion of the National Championship game.

Voyles led her team to the semi-finals of the National Championships, defeating Dixie State and Angelo State in dramatic fashion before falling to Lock Haven University, the eventual National Champions. The junior third baseman battled injuries the entire postseason, but still managed the biggest hit of her career in the opening round of the tournament as the Saints were down to their final strike against Dixie State. With North Georgia down three runs in the last of the seventh, Voyles connected on a two-strike pitch with two runners on and launched a three-run blast to tie the game, a contest the Saints eventually won 5-3 in 10-innings.

The Powder Springs, Ga., native hit .364 for the tournament, making 11 trips to the plate and recording four hits, including three base knocks in the opening game against Dixie State. Voyles added a pair of walks in the championships, and scored two runs while driving in three. She played in errorless third base in four games, and added five assists while recording an on base percentage of .462.

In 2009, North Georgia captured the Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Championship, PBC Tournament Championship, NCAA Southeast Dahlonega Regional Championship, and the NCAA Southeast Super Regional Dahlonega Championship to advance to their first-ever Division II College World Series.