March 11, 2012

Saints Take Down No. 1 UAH, Fall to Charleston at Captain D's Classic

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team concluded the 2012 Captain D's Classic with a  convincing 10-5 win over Alabama-Huntsville, but followed it up with a tough 3-2 loss to the University of Charleston.

Game 1 vs. Alabama-Huntsville (NG 10-5)

The Saints (26-3) put up a 5-run seventh inning to come away with a five-run victory, after entering the top of the seventh tied at five in a battle of the two top-ranked teams.

Kayla Minger stayed hot offensively going 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBI's. Minger lined a base-clearing triple, which put North Georgia up by five in the seventh inning. Minger now leads the team with a .380 batting average.

Seeing the ball very well is Karlie Gillam, as she finished with three hits in the game. Gillam also added an RBI and a run scored, while playing an outstanding game defensively at third base.

It was Pilar Harden who hit the go-ahead 2-run home run in the loud seventh inning, a no-doubter over the centerfield wall. Harden finished 1-for-3 with two RBI's and two runs scored in the game, including a walk.

Freshman shortstop Tiffanie Burns also hit a 2-run home run, as she finished 1-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored as well.

Sarah Johnson continued her hot hitting, finishing with two hits and a run scored, including a double.

Going 3-for-4 in the second spot in the lineup was Rochelle Shuman, who is now batting .341 on the year with a team-high 31 hits.

Picking up her 16th win of the season was Jessica Coan (16-3), who finished with five strikeouts in another complete game. Coan allowed the most earned runs in a game so far this season with five, but the bats of North Georgia were hot enough to overcome the strong hitting of Alabama-Huntsville.

The Chargers (16-5) finished the weekend with a 1-3 record, after entering with just two losses on the entire season.

The Saints swept Alabama-Huntsville and will most likely take over the number one ranking in this week's edition of the NFCA poll.

Game 2 vs. University of Charleston (UC 3-2)

North Georgia (26-4) may have been in sleep walking mode in their second game of the day, or a dramatic win hangover was in effect because the Saints looked like a different team than the one that played in the earlier win.

Despite outhitting the Golden Eagles 7-4, North Georgia failed to execute with runners on base, as they stranded a total of six in the game.

Other than a Katie Block two-run home run, the Saints struggled offensively. Block smacked a bomb to left field in the bottom of the second inning, giving North Georgia a 2-0 lead they would not hold on to.

Kayla Minger was on base when Block knocked one out of the park, as Minger was strong again going 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Krysten Connelly (1-1) picked up the loss for the Saints, as she was called upon in the sixth inning but could not keep Charleston off the board.

Melissa Dickie threw 5.1 innings allowing two earned runs while striking out four batters.

The Golden Eagles (8-8) picked up a huge win over the 2nd-ranked Saints, as Emily Fultz threw a complete game with just two earned runs allowed.


North Georgia has to forget about the loss to Charleston and prepare now for Peach Belt action. The Saints travel to both Flagler and Armstrong this week. North Georgia will travel to St. Augustine on Tuesday with game one scheduled for 4:00 PM.