February 9, 2014

UNG Softball Drops Pair To Wrap Up Play At Charger Chillout

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – (UNGAthletics.com) – The 15th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team dropped a pair of tight decisions on the final day of the University of Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout falling 2-1 to Wayne State (Mich.) University before capping the event with a 6-4 loss to the host Chargers.  The Nighthawks finished the three day event splitting the six contests and now stand at 6-4 overall on the season.

Against WSU, North Georgia struck first with a run in the top of the first on a single from Kim McMillan that scored Taylor Anne Merritt

Wayne State equalized in the bottom of the second and would find the game-winner in the bottom of the fourth on identical RBI singles.   UNG was held scoreless in the final six innings and was able to muster only two hits over the Nighthawks' final 20 plate appearances.  

Courtney Poole took the loss dropping her season mark to an even 3-3 after allowing seven hits and just two runs in six innings of work.

The UNG offense was spread out through four players as Merritt, McMillan, Jessica Finch and Sarah Johnson each tallied singles. 

The victory was Wayne State's fifth in their first six games.    

Against 9th-ranked UA-H, North Georgia again jumped out to an early 2-1 lead following the first inning and led 4-2 after putting up a pair of runs in the fourth, but a four-run sixth for the Chargers (7-0) was the difference. 

A two-RBI single by Meagan May in the first did the damage for the Nighthawks and it was a two-run homerun by Tiffanie Burns in the fourth that lit the scoreboard. 

UA-H's sixth inning was aided by a pair of North Georgia errors. 

May would team up with Sarah Johnson to post four of North Georgia's seven hits and the duo collected multiple-hit games.

Victoria Sink took her first loss on the season after scattering nine hits against four strikeouts in five innings of work. 

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, February 15 when the Nighthawks host Lincoln Memorial in the team's home opener with first pitch of the non-conference doubleheader scheduled for 1:00 PM at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.