February 20, 2010

Saints Keep Rolling, Near Best Start In History

Game 1 | Game 2

DECATUR, AL – The North Georgia softball team improved to a perfect 9-0 on the season on Saturday afternoon, picking up two more wins at the UAH Charger Chillout as the #2 team in the country has scored 42 runs in the last two days.

North Georgia continues to stay undefeated on the season, now just one win shy of tying the program’s best start in school history, a 10-0 mark that came to start the 2008 season.

The Saints opened their Saturday morning with plenty of offense and stellar pitching to get by West Alabama 9-0, before coming back in the afternoon and taking down Arkansas-Monticello 6-2 for their fifth straight victory at the UAH weekend tournament.

It only took five innings to deposit West Alabama in the first game of the day as the Saints scored six first-inning runs and came back with three more in the second to put a lid on all the offense the fans would see.

For the Saints at the plate, nine different players recorded hits in the game, while Pilar Harden and Natasha Willemse each drove in a pair of runs. Sara Phillips (5-0) went the distance again, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven.

In game two, early scoring was again the story as the Saints scored five runs in the opening inning to take control again, using back-to-back doubles from Leslee Smith and Hilary Cox to score a pair of runs, while Harden and Willemse notched run scoring singles in the five-run frame.

North Georgia added a single run in the fifth inning before Arkansas-Monticello spoiled the Saints’ third straight shutout with runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including the first earned run of the year scored against All-American hurler Phillips.

Phillips (6-0) picked up her sixth complete game of the year, going all 7.0 innings and allowing six hits and both runs, one earned, while striking out five and walking one.

North Georgia has two more games scheduled for the weeked on the final day of the 2010 UAH Charger Chillout, taking on 20th-ranked Wayne State at 10:00 a.m., before turning around and capping the weekend against North Alabama at 2:00 p.m.