May 7, 2008

Saints get by Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0 in opening round

North Georgia advances to play Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

- North Georgia College & State University used a complete game masterpiece by Sarah Phillips and a two-out single from Stephanie Farmakis to edge Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0 Wednesday evening in the first round of the 2008 NCAA South Atlantic Region Tournament hosted by UNC Pembroke.

After five innings of scoreless ball, North Georgia finally got on the board courtesy of a two-out seeing-eye single up the middle by Stephanie Farmakis to plate Courtney McGuire and Heidi Cranford for the only runs of the game in the Saints 2-0 victory.

"To come out and get that first win is so important for the rest of the tournament," Mike Davenport said following the schools first ever region tournament victory. "Our kids did a great job at the plate against one of the best pitchers in the region."

Freshman Sarah Phillips (18-7) made Farmakis' single stand as she tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Phillips faced just 26 batters and threw 99 pitched on her way to her fourth postseason win this year.

"You have to give credit to Sarah Phillips," Davenport said. "She kept us in the ball game against a very good hitting team."

Meredith O'Connor (30-10) was tagged with the loss, going seven innings and allowing 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

"Even though we left a lot of runners on base, we were able to get a clutch hit when we needed it, Davenport said.

The Saints left eight runners on base, and played errorless ball while pounding out 10 hits.

North Georgia will move on in the winners bracket and face Armstrong Atlantic Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.