– The NCAA announced Monday morning that North Georgia will
be one of eight host sites for the 2010 Super Regional round of the
Division II Softball Championships which will be played around the
country May 21-22.
North Georgia will battle Lenoir-Rhyne University in a best of three series with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division II College World Series in St. Joseph, Missouri, May 27-31, at Heritage Park. In a battle of top 10 teams in the country, the No. 1 Saints and No. 8 Bears tangle for the first time since the 2008 South Atlantic Regional, a game North Georgia came out on top 2-0 in Pembroke, North Carolina.
The weekend set will feature a primetime series opener as the two teams will take to the field Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday start time of 2:30 p.m. A third game, if necessary, is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.
The Saints advance to their second straight Southeast Super Regional as the only undefeated team in the country at 48-0. North Georgia is currently the only unbeaten team in the country at the NCAA Division I, Division II, or Division III level and will look to advance to their second straight College World Series. Ranked No. 1 in the country for 11 straight weeks, the Saints are looking to make history as they close on the NCAA’s longest softball winning streak at 55 straight games.
North Georgia is led in the circle by junior right-hander Sarah Phillips who leads the country with a 41-0 record, while recording a 0.81 earned run average. She has 36 complete games, a mark that leads the nation, while striking out 263 batters in 268 innings of work. The Saints’ offense features five players batting over .300, led by Lauren Dykes at .391, while Leslee Smith leads the squad with 12 home runs and 54 runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne advances to the Super Regional after running away from the field at the Southeast Hickory Regional last weekend, outscoring their opponents 27-5 over three games, having now won 16 of their last 17 contests dating back to an April 6, meeting with Newberry College.
The Bears are led by junior left-hander Kat Rivers who leads the team with a .438 batting average, while notching a team-leading 22 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Alex Smith and Dawon Millwood have combined for 46 victories and an earned run average of 1.73.
Tickets are $10.00 each session for adults and $5.00 each session for students, while children under three are admitted free with a paying adult.