DAHLONEGA, GA – The 2nd-ranked North Georgia softball team saw 4th-ranked Alabama-Huntsville put together a pair of big offensive innings on their way to a 9-1 victory over the Saints during the final game of the Captain D's Classic at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.
The Saints drop their third straight game, falling to 22-6 overall on the year, and ending the Captain D's Classic at 1-3, while the Chargers split on the final day, moving to 14-1-1 on the season and going 3-1 during the weekend classic.
North Georgia scored the game's first run as junior Hilary Cox launched a two-out solo home run down the left field line to give the Saints a 1-0 first-inning lead. The blast for Cox was her Peach Belt Conference leading 8th home run of the season, but the Saints' lead would be short lived.
Alabama-Huntsville came charging back with some big innings, scoring three in the second inning, one in the fourth frame, and five more in the seventh to run away with a 9-1 victory.
UAH would capture the lead in the second inning as Kellie Long came up with a bases loaded three-run triple to the gap in right-center, giving the Chargers a 3-1 lead. The five-run seventh frame for UAH featured five unearned runs as North Georgia made a pair of defense errors to lead to the big inning.
Krysten Connelly (4-1) suffered his first loss of the year, allowing nine runs on as many hits, but just four of the runs were earned as she walked five and added two strikeouts.
The Saints return to action on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to West Georgia for a doubleheader slated for 2:00 p.m. at University Softball Field. North Georgia will then return home on Thursday afternoon to open Peach Belt Conference play against Flagler College in the battle of the Saints.