February 17, 2012

Saints Use Dominant Pitching in Two Shutout Victories

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Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu 

DECATUR, AL – The No. 3-ranked North Georgia softball team picked up two more wins on Friday when they shutout both Rollins and Ohio Dominican at the 2012 Ringor UAH Charger Chillout.

Game 1 vs. Rollins (NG 1-0)

In a game that only saw a total of six hits, the Saints used another dominating performance by Jessica Coan to knock off the No. 11 team in the county in Rollins College out of Florida.

Coan pitched and won another complete game, pushing her record to 5-0 on the season. The reigning National Pitcher of the Year has been untouchable to start the 2012 campaign. She struck out nine batters and only allowed four hits.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Saints got the one and only run they would need.

Rochelle Shuman led off the inning with a walk, and it turned out to cost the Tars the game. After Shuman advanced to second on a passed ball, Hilary Cox hit a line drive to left field, only to have the ball caught for out number one.

With Katherine Martin at the plate and two outs in the inning, Shuman advanced to third base on another passed ball by Rollins. Martin then hit a routine ground ball to third base, and North Georgia finally caught their break. The ball was bobbled by Rollins and Shuman scored as Martin reached base safely.

The Saints only tallied two hits in the game, but pushed their record to a perfect 7-0.

Game 2 vs. Ohio Dominican (NG 4-0)

In just her third start of her collegiate career, freshman Melissa Dickie picked up another win for the Saints. Dickie, now 3-0 on the year, pitched five shutout innings while striking out five batters. She only allowed three hits before leaving the way for Coan.

The Saints got on the board in the first inning, when Martin smacked a single to left field allowing Cox to score from second.

North Georgia spotted Dickie another run in the second inning, when they used a Panthers' error to give them a 2-0 lead. Tiffanie Burns crushed a double to deep center field with one out in the inning, then tagged up on a Karlie Gillam fly ball.

Burns would come in to score when Sarah Johnson hit a hard-hit ball to short and Ohio Dominican made a bad throw in an attempt to throw out the speedy Johnson.

Martin hammered another home run, her fifth on the year, in the bottom of the sixth inning with Katie Garrett standing on second base. Garrett came in as a pinch runner when Pilar Harden was walked with one out. It turned out Garrett's speed wasn't needed when Martin hit one over the left field wall.

Coan picked up another save, giving her two on the year now, closing the deal for the Saints. She struck out two batters in her two innings she pitched.

The defense shined all afternoon for North Georgia, as Kaitlyn Seabolt and the rest of the outfielders (Harden and Shuman) made all the plays that came their way.

As for the infielders of Gillam, Burns, Johnson and Martin, they scooped up every groundball that Coan and Dickie forced. Cox also proved super reliable behind the plate.

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The Saints have another two games scheduled for tomorrow. North Georgia will play Barry University at 10:30 AM and Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 PM.

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