March 10, 2012

No. 2 Saints Rally Late, Take Down Top-Ranked Chargers

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DAHLONEGA, GA – In a battle of the top two ranked teams in the country, the Saints were the benefit of a huge error by Alabama-Huntsville and came away with a 8-3 win as part of the Captain D's Classic.

North Georgia (25-3) committed two errors of their own and fell behind 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. That's when all the action would go down.

Katherine Martin started the loud sixth inning with a single back up the middle, which was followed by a groundout by Karlie Gillam. The Saints would soon put the pressure on the Chargers, drawing back to back walks to load the bases.

Callie Fernandez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and did not disappoint. Fernandez hit a bloop-single over the infield allowing Katie Garrett to come in and score with Sarah Johnson being held up at third base.

With the bases still loaded, Tiffanie Burns gave a quality at bat, forcing Whitney Gilbert into multiple pitches. With a full count and arguably the most pressure Burns has felt in her collegiate career, the freshman had the poise to draw the RBI-walk, tying the game at three a piece.

After a Katie Block strikeout, the No. 1-ranked Chargers and Gilbert would force Pilar Harden into a routine pop-up in the middle of the diamond. That's where it went downhill for UAH.

Gilbert dropped the easy pop-up, allowing two runs to come in and score. With the heads of UAH still hanging, Rochelle Shuman smacked a double to left-center to bring in two more runs, essentially burying Alabama-Huntsville.

Martin would come up once again in the inning, and again she would come through with a base hit. Martin lined a single to right field, allowing Shuman to come in and give the No. 2-ranked Saints a surprising 5-run lead.

Jessica Coan (15-3) picked up another win for North Georgia, as she again did not allow an earned run. Coan struck out 11 batters, and was dominant once again. The senior was hitting her spots against the top-ranked Chargers, limiting them to just three hits.

Burns led the way offensively, going 1-for-2 with two RBI's and a run scored. Shuman also had two RBI's as she went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Martin finished 2-for-4, with both hits coming at crucial points in the sixth inning.

Alabama-Huntsville (15-4) finished with just three hits, but more importantly one error, which could not have came at a more pivotal time.

Number one and number two will do battle again tomorrow at 3:00 PM. The Saints also play the University of Charleston at 5:00 PM.