March 29, 2010

PBC Honors Phillips Once Again as Pitcher of Week

AUGUSTA, GA – North Georgia right-handed pitcher Sarah Phillips has been named the Peach Belt Conference pitcher of the Week for the third time this season and seventh time in her career the league office announced this afternoon.

Phillips continued her unbeaten season with four more victories last week, tossing three complete-games and allowing just two earned runs while recording 26 strikeouts in 22.0 innings of action.

In a pair of wins over West Georgia, the junior went 3.0 innings without allowing a hit in the opener to record the victory, while in the nightcap, she tossed a complete-game, going all 5.0 innings and giving up three hits while punching out five.

Against Georgia Southwestern in a Peach Belt Conference series on Friday afternoon she gave up five hits and two earned runs in the opener, striking out seven, while in the nightcap she carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, finishing with 12 strikeouts to match a season-high, and allowing just one hit and no runs for her 22nd complete games of the year.

Currently sitting at 25-0 on the year, Phillips has an earned run average of 0.76 with 179 strikeouts, all statistics that lead the Peach Belt Conference. She also leads the country in wins, and is in the top 10 in earned run average. The Powell, Ohio, native is closing in on the century mark in wins, currently sitting at 84 career victories in her third collegiate season.

With 31 straight victories to open the season, North Georgia currently has the second longest winning streak in Peach Belt Conference history, and the 10th longest in NCAA Division II history. The Saints are the only undefeated team remaining at the NCAA Division I, Division II, or Division III level.

The No. 1 Saints will put their unbeaten mark on the line tomorrow afternoon as North Georgia travels to play No. 6 Alabama-Huntsville in a much-anticipated match-up of top 10 teams in the country. North Georgia is currently 5-0 against teams in the national top 10, and 6-0 against squads ranked in the top 25.