February 7, 2010

#2 Saints Sweep Play at Aiken Early Bird Tourney

Game 1 | Game 2

AIKEN, SC – The 2nd-ranked North Georgia softball team stayed perfect on the season Sunday afternoon, finishing play at the Aiken Early Bird Tournament with victories over Barton College and Chowan in non-conference action.

North Georgia improves to 4-0 on the season, running through their four games at the Early Bird Tournament, allowing just four runs in the two-day event, while the offense dominated with 28 runs over the weekend.

In game one against Barton College, the Saints scored single runs in each of the first two innings before exploding for three runs in the third and sixth innings en route to the 8-1 victory.

Hilary Cox provided the big blow in the third inning, coming to the plate with two on and two out and belting her first home run of the season, plating Leslee Smith and Pilar Harden to give the Saints a 5-0 lead.

Lauren Dykes recorded a trio of hits at the plate, while Kasey Knight added a pair of base knocks, and Natasha Willemse tallied two hits and two runs batted in.

Krysten Connelly (1-0) picked up the victory, lasting five innings and allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out one. Michaela Hamilton came on in relief and tossed the final two winnings, allowing a pair of hits and two runs while striking out two.

In game two against Chowan University, a six-run second inning was the difference as the Saints picked up the 8-2 victory. In the second frame, Laura Voyles and Knight added RBI singles, while single runs in the fifth and sixth innings capped the scoring for the Saints.

Dykes (1-0) picked up her first collegiate victory in 4.2 innings of work, allowing two hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out six and walking three. Sarah Phillips came on in relief and tossed 2-1 innings, not allowing a hit while picking up six strikeouts.

North Georgia returns to action next weekend, playing host to the Captain D’s Classic at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium as the Saints will oppose Northern Kentucky and Delta State in singles games, while taking on 7th-ranked Valdosta State for a pair of games in a battle of top 10 ranked teams.