Davenport Releases Schedule for 2011 Campaign
– North Georgia head softball coach Mike Davenport has
released the 2011 schedule for a highly anticipated season that
includes 20 home games and matchups against six teams that finished
in the top-25 at the end of last year's season.
Last season's remarkable run was capped with a 51-2 record, winning 51 consecutive games, the second longest streak in NCAA softball history as the Saints ended the year ranked fifth in the final NFCA Division II poll.
Mike Davenport returns for his 11th season after accumulating 412 wins in his first 10 seasons. The two-time defending PBC Coach of the Year and Southeast Region Coach of the Year will look to guide his team to a third straight World Series appearance.
The 2011 team will look to defend their titles of consecutive PBC Regular Season Champions, PBC Tournament Champions and back-to-back Southeast Region Championships.
The Saints will open up the 2011 season on February 5-6 at the Aiken Early Bird tournament in Aiken, SC, where last year the Saints swept through the field with four straight wins. The following weekend, they hit the road again and travel to Columbus, Georgia, for a two-day tournament where they take on Ohio Valley, Lynn University, and West Alabama.
Following a doubleheader against Mars Hill at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium, the Saints travel to the UAH Charger Chillout for their fourth straight year to compete against some of the best competition across the country, including Arkansas-Monticello, Alabama-Huntsville, and Wayne State, who were all ranked in the final top-25 NFCA Division II poll.
North Georgia continues their road heavy schedule the last week of February, traveling to Limestone College for four games, including a matchup against California (PA), ranked 12th in the final national poll last season.
The Saints then return home for a star-studded Captain D's Classic the second week in March, hosting the University Alabama-Huntsville, and last season's national runner-up Valdosta State.
After a road trip to in-state rival West Georgia, the Saints will open defense of their back-to-back Peach Belt Conference regular season championships with 20 straight league games, before hosting Young Harris on April 10, for Senior Day and the final home games of the regular season.
The 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament returns to Freedom Florence Park April 15-17, as the Saints look to capture the title for a third consecutive year. NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals will take place at host institutions May 13-21, with the NCAA Division II College World Series returning to Salem, Virginia, and the Moyer Sports Complex May 26-30.
The Saints return six starters from last season's championship squad, including third-team All-American Katherine Martin who returns for her sophomore after hitting .375 with five home runs, a team-high 12 doubles, and 25 runs batted in.
All-American Sarah Phillips will take the circle for her senior season after a 44-2 record in 2010, including an earned run average of 1.00 with 294 strikeouts in 300.0 innings of work. The two-time PBC Pitcher of the year, holds the Peach Belt's all-time record for wins in a career with 103, and consecutive wins with 44.