March 5, 2011

Saints Score 26 Runs in Two Wins at Mid South Classic

SPARTANBURG, SC – The 3rd-ranked North Georgia softball team pushed their current winning streak to seven games on Saturday afternoon, taking down Catawba 7-3, before dismantling Coker 19-0 in five innings at the Mid South Classic.

The Saints move to a perfect 3-0 for the weekend and run their record to 20-2 overall on the season, while Catawba falls to 11-7 on the year, and Coker falls back to .500 at 6-6 on the season.

North Georgia was scheduled to play Wingate in third game of the day, but inclement weather forced tournament officials to cancel the final game of the day as the Saints will now take on LeMoyne Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the weekend finale.

Game one on Saturday featured plenty of early offense as Catawba jumped on top in the opening inning with a double off the bat of Alli Justice, scoring the first run of the game and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Catawba was not finished however, as Justice raced to the plate on a two-out single up the middle by Kayla Myers to cap the two-run first inning.

The Saints fought their way right back into the game in the bottom of the first inning as Kasey Knight singled home Ansley Williams, and Pilar Harden doubled later in the frame to knot the score at 2-2. North Georgia then took advantage of a pair of gifts as Natasha Willemse and Victoria St. Clair were hit by pitches with the bases loaded, bringing two more runs to the plate and giving the Saints a 4-2 first-inning lead.

North Georgia added a single run in the fourth inning when Willemse singled home Katherine Martin to make it 5-2, and Hilary Cox connected with her team-leading seventh home run of the year in the fifth frame, a two-run blast to make it a 7-2 lead for the Saints.

Tara Gibbs led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to center, making it a 7-3 game, but that would be all the offense the Indians could muster as North Georgia held on for the four-run victory.

Krysten Connelly (4-0) picked up the win, allowing seven hits and three runs, but only one earned, in 5.0 innings of work. She added three strikeouts and gave way to Sarah Phillips who recorded two strikeouts over the final 2.0 innings.

Fans got plenty of excitement in the second game of the day as the Saints posted back-to-back seven-run innings on their way to a 19-0 victory in five innings over Coker College.

North Georgia pounded out 14 hits and benefited from seven errors to on the way to their largest margin of victory on the season. Williams had the biggest numbers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with five runs batted in, including a three run blast in the fifth inning for her fourth home run of the year.

Five other players contributed multiple hits in the game, including Harden who also drove in three runs with two of them coming off a bases clearing triple in the fourth inning.

Phillips (8-1) was credited with the win, allowing just one hit, while striking out six in all 5.0 innings of work for her sixth complete game of the year.