SALEM, VA – Top-ranked North Georgia
continued its magical run Friday afternoon, allowing two runs in
the 11th inning before coming back in the bottom half to score
three runs with a walk-off single by Laura Voyles, shocking fans at
the World Series with the 3-2 victory.
For the Saints, who have not lost a game in 66 days, improve to 50-3 on the season, tying a school record for victories in a season and improving to 2-0 at the 2009 National Championships.
North Georgia will now advance to Sunday’s semi-final action to take on a team to be determined at 12:00 PM.
Game five of the NCAA National Championships was scoreless for the first ten innings as Angelo State's Chelsea Nelson and North Georgia's Sarah Phillips continued to put zeros on the scoreboard.
North Georgia had a golden opportunity in the last of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs a chance for their second straight walk-off victory, but a fly out to centerfield, a groundout to the pitcher, and a line drive to shortstop ended the threat.
Angelo State found their offense in the eleventh inning, after a groundout to open the inning, Alix Dean singled with one out. Megan Pumphrey was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. April Haywood singled in the first run of the game with a base hit that went through the left side of the infield before Nicole Smith followed with a single to put the Rambelles up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh.
North Georgia, who won their first game of the championship in walk-off fashion, continued their flair for the dramatic finishes with another last inning win. Pilar Harden opened the inning reaching on an error. Hilary Cox then singled to put runners at first and second with no one out to bring Stephanie Farmakis to the dish who walked to load the bases. Kayla Martin reached on a fielders choice which forced out Harden at the plate, but Farrington then stepped to the dish lined a two-run single to right center, sending the North Georgia fans into eruption. Trisha Snider was thrown out at third on the play for the second out of the game to bring Laura Voyles to the plate, who for the second straight day provided the fireworks, lining a ball off the third baseman’s glove, bringing a racing Kaelin Farrington home from second for the game-winning run, sending North Georgia into celebration mode once again.
Sarah Phillips (39-1), battled all day long, going all 11.0 innings, allowing 11 hits, two earned runs, and a pair of walks while striking out 12 Angelo State batters. Phillips extends her winning streak to 36 consecutive games.
Chelsea Nelson (31-5) was the hard luck loser, giving up two earned runs, on just four hits and striking out four while walking six.