April 7, 2008

Saints drop doubleheader to UNC Pembroke

Braves clinch PBC regular season title with game one win

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University stranded 18 base-runners on the day as they fell 3-1 and 4-0 to UNC Pembroke Monday afternoon at the softball complex in Peach Belt Conference action.

In game one, the Braves picked up a run in the third on a Anna Williamson double to center field to plate Brittany Berrier for a 1-0 lead. UNCP added two more in the fourth as Katie Linkous singled to bring home a run, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Berrier.

North Georgia had their chances all game, leaving 11 runners stranded, including two in the bottom of the seventh. The Saints trailed by three in the bottom of the seventh, and quickly pushed across a run as Courtney McGuire singled to bring Laura Voyles home and make it 3-1. With the tying runs in scoring position, Martika Elmore recorded two straight fly outs and a strikeout to end the game and give the Braves a two-run win and the PBC regular season championship.

With the victory, Elmore improved to 20-3 on the season, tossing a complete game, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out nine.

Sarah Phillips ( 13-5) suffered the loss, scattering nine hits in seven complete innings while striking out a game-high 11 batters.

In game two, the Braves went right to work in the second inning as Linkous singled down the left field line to score Courtney Hill and give UNCP an early 1-0 lead. They would add three more in the sixth as Jelena Shaw sent a two-run homer over the fence in center field to give the Braves a 4-0 game two win and doubleheader sweep.

Whitney Landwermeyer (6-4) picked up the win in a complete-game shutout, allowing five hits while striking out five. Nicole Adkison falls to 8-2 with the loss, lasting 5.1 innings and being charged with six hits and four runs.

North Georgia (29-9, 10-6 PBC) will return to action Friday, April 11, against Georgia Southwestern for a doubleheader at 6:00 as the Saints host Cancer Awareness Day 2008.