May 10, 2009

#1 Saints Take Dahlonega Regional Championship!

Box Score | Quotes | Press Conference

DAHLONEGA, GA – Top-ranked North Georgia completed a perfect sweep through the NCAA Southeast Regional Sunday afternoon, using a no-hitter by Sarah Phillips to get by Augusta State 5-0 and claim the Dahlonega Regional Tournament Championship.

The Saints continue their historic run, winning their 23rd straight game and improving to 46-3 on the season. North Georgia will advance to the best of three Super Regional series against Carson-Newman College next weekend. The NCAA will announce the location of the Super Regional Monday afternoon.

Augusta State ends the season at 34-21 overall, having finished fourth in the PBC regular season and runner up in the Dahlonega Regional.

Sarah Phillips (35-1) tossed a complete game no-hitter in the victory, saving her best performance of the tournament for last, using just 78 pitches and facing two batters over the minimum for her 32nd consecutive victory.

Emily Corish (8-4) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

After a pair of scoreless innings, North Georgia broke through in the third frame with two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Leslee Smith and Pilar Harden to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

The Saints rallied with a run in the fourth inning as Kaelin Farrington led off with a single and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Courtney McGuire to plate Farrington for a 3-0 advantage.

North Georgia then capped their scoring in the fifth inning with an infield single by Stephanie Farmakis to score a run, and Kayla Martin delivered an RBI double to right center to plate the final run of the game in a 5-0 defeat of Augusta State.

North Georgia scored five runs on 12 hits, while Augusta State saw their only scoring threat thwarted in the sixth inning with a pair of runners on base as Alysha Krier sent a liner that found the glove of a leaping McGuire in right field for the final out of the inning.

The Saints end the season with a perfect 5-0 record against the Jaguars, sweeping ASU in the regular season, before taking a 3-1 affair in the conference tournament and two more in the Dahlonega Regional.


Dahlonega Regional All-Tournament Team

Pitcher: Sarah Phillips (NGCSU)
Pitcher: Chantel Dodge (Queens)
Catcher: Hilary Cox (NGCSU)
Infield: Kaelin Farrington (NGCSU)
Infield: Julie Broyer (Wingate)
Infield: Kacee Camp (ASU)
Infield: Laura Voyles (NGCSU)
Outfield: Kristin Jones (ASU)
Outfield: Courtney McGuire (NGCSU)
Outfield: Amanda Bowman (Queens)
Designated Player: Leslee Smith (NGCSU)
At-Large: Hallie Pattigrew (Wingate)
At-Large: Emily Corish (ASU)
Most Outstanding Player: Sarah Phillips (NGCSU)