March 5, 2013

Fourth-Ranked Softball End Mid-South Classic 2-2

Story by Walker McCrary

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The fourth-ranked University of North Georgia Saints softball team split the final day of the 2013 Mid-South Classic, defeating Queens University of Charlotte 11-2 in five innings before losing to Wingate University 4-2.

The Saints went a combined 2-2 in the Mid-South Classic after splitting Friday's games and the cancellation of Saturday's games due to inclement weather.

North Georgia brought their bats to the Queens contest, hitting six homeruns and knocking in 11 runs.  The Saints scored in every inning that they came to the plate.

Tiffanie Burns started the homerun derby in the bottom of the first as she homered to left field.  Kim McMillan and Kayla Minger would continue the trend in the second, each hitting solo homers.

Sarah Johnson would hit a home run of her own in the third before Minger and Burns hit their second homers of the contest in the fourth.

Queens would score their two runs in the second inning, but Melissa Dickie and Courtney Poole would combine to shut down the Royals. Dickie picked up her third win of the season, pitching four innings and striking out three.

In the last game of the classic for North Georgia, Wingate gave the Saints all they could handle and escaped Spartanburg with a 4-2 win.

North Georgia had just five hits, two of which were homeruns as McMillan and Ansley Phillips hit solo shots in the first and third, respectfully.

Courtney Poole was tabbed with the loss despite a powerful performance in the circle, pitching six innings and allowing four hits while striking out 10.

North Georgia will now turn their attention to Peach Belt Conference play as they travel down to Augusta, Ga. to take on the Jaguars in the PBC opener for both schools.  First pitch of the doubleheader is 1:00 p.m.