February 23, 2010

Phillips Named PBC Pitcher of the Week Once Again

AUGUSTA, GA – North Georgia softball right-handed pitcher Sarah Phillips has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week announced this afternoon by the league office.

This marks the sixth time Phillips has been named the PBC pitcher of the week, earning the award the first week of the season during her freshman campaign, three times last season, and twice in three weeks during the 2010 season.

Phillips posted a 5-0 record with two saves over the weekend at the UAH Charger Chillout, tossing 34.1 innings and logging 34 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run along the way.

She started the weekend off against Northern Kentucky, going all 6.0 innings and allowing just two hits while striking out four. She then came on in relief in the last of the seventh and faced the final two batter to preserve a 9-8 for the Saints.

She followed with four straight wins for the #2 team in the country, logging four complete games, including a 9.0 inning marathon against Wayne State, a game the Saints came out on top 4-1 as the junior recorded a weekend-high eight strikeouts in the game.

The Powell, Ohio, native currently has a record of 7-0 on the season with an earned run average of 0.14. She has tossed 48.2 innings with 56 strikeouts, while opponents are hitting just .114 against the right-hander. North Georgia is off to their best start in school history at 11-0, with two wins over ranked teams. She leads the league in earned run average and is second in wins and third in strikeouts.

Phillips and the Saints will finally play their home opener of the 2010 season on Sunday, February 28, hosting Queens University for a doubleheader set to start at 1:00 p.m. The Royals return to Dahlonega after making in appearance in last year’s Dahlonega Regional where North Georgia defeated Queens 2-0 in the opening round.