April 18, 2008

Saints take tourney opener 6-3 over CSU

North Georgia to take on UNC Pembroke Saturday morning

FLORENCE, SC - North Georgia College & State University picked up their first PBC tournament win in school history Friday afternoon, scoring six unanswered runs before holding on for a 6-3 win over Columbus State University on day one of the 2008 Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament. The Saints will take on #5 UNC Pembroke tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. for a semifinal birth at 5:00 p.m.

CSU scored the game's first run in the third inning on a Cassie Cooper fielder's choice RBI.

North Georgia took the lead with two fourth-inning runs off CSU starter Rachael Darr. With two outs, Kaelin Farrington recorded the biggest hit of her North Georgia career, beating out an infield single that plated pinch-runner Heidi Cranford for the tying run and Courtney McGuire came around from second base to the score the go-ahead run for a 2-1 lead.

Laura Voyles gave North Georgia a 3-1 lead with a solo homer in the fifth inning, and the Saints broke the game open with three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by pinch-hitter Kim Stercay's two-run single.

Sarah Phillips (15-5) got the win for North Georgia. She went the distance, allowed six hits, three runs (one earned), walked two, and struck out five. Voyles, McGuire, and Leslee Smith had two hits apiece. Farrington went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Darr fell to 8-7 on the season for CSU. She allowed eight hits, six runs, walked four, and struck out six in six innings of work.

North Georgia (32-11) will start a grueling Saturday off at 11:00 a.m. against the UNC Pembroke who is ranked 5th in the nation. A win would send the Saints to a semi-final game at 5:00 p.m.