COLUMBUS, GA – The 2nd-ranked North Georgia softball team stayed unbeaten with a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon, battling past Miles College 11-0 and Lynn University 8-3 at the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic on the campus of Columbus State University.
The Saints continue to roll, improving to 5-0 on the year as North Georgia will play two more road games on Sunday afternoon before returning home to the friendly confines of Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The spotlight in game one of the classic was stolen by a pair of freshmen who put together sensational days at the plate as Ansley Williams and Sarah Johnson combined to record seven hits, four runs scored, and four runs batted in.
From the leadoff position, Williams was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and picking up an RBI, while Johnson was just as impressive, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored.
The offensive output by the freshman propelled a North Georgia lineup that scored six runs in the first inning, and three runs in the third frame on their way to an 11-0 victory in five innings.
Jessica Coan got the start and was dazzling once again, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing just one hit and no earned runs, while striking out nine. The Duluth, Ga., native faced just 14 batters, punching out nine of those as the junior improved to 2-0 on the season.
Game two proved to be a battle as North Georgia and Lynn breezed along to the fifth inning with all zeros on the scoreboard. The Fighting Knights struck first in the fifth frame as Mandi Brown connected and drilled a home run to left field, giving Lynn the first lead of the game at 1-0.
The Saints came right back in the bottom of the inning and showed plenty of fight of their own as Victoria St. Clair grounded out to bring Johnson home to tie the game, and Williams singled up the middle later in the inning to send Katie Garrett racing to the plate and give North Georgia a 2-1 lead.
The bats came alive in the last of the sixth inning as the Saints scored six runs on five hits and benefited from a pair of errors to take a commanding 8-1 lead. North Georgia did not record a single extra base hit in the game, but the Saints showed plenty determination on their way to another win.
Lynn put two more runs on the board in the seventh inning as Katrina Lavadan belted a two-run home run to right center, capping the scoring for the night and sending the Saints to an 8-3 victory.
Sarah Phillips went the distance for her third win of the season, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in 7.0 innings, while striking out six and not walking a batter
The Saints will go right back to work with two more games on the slate for Sunday afternoon, taking on Lynn University at 1:00 p.m. for the second time in as many days, while wrapping up the weekend with a tilt against West Alabama at 3:00 p.m.