March 20, 2011

#4 Saints Sweep Away USC Aiken in Peach Belt Action

AIKEN, SC – The 4th-ranked North Georgia softball team got right back on track Sunday afternoon at the University of South Carolina Aiken, sweeping a doubleheader 7-1 and 2-0 at J.H. Satcher Field in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia improves to 28-8 overall on the year and 4-2 in Peach Belt Conference play, while the Pacers see their 12-game home winning streak snapped, falling to 17-11 overall and 4-8 in league action.

The Saints jumped all over USC Aiken in game one, scoring five first-inning runs to take an early lead. Katherine Martin plated the first two runs of the game with an infield single, and Callie Fernandez followed and showed off some power, blasting a three-run home run to cap the five-run inning and give the sophomore her second long ball of the year.

North Georgia added two more runs in the second inning as the duo of Katherine Martin and Fernandez were at it again, connecting with back-to-back RBI hits to send the Saints racing out to a 7-0 lead.

The Pacers plated their lone run of the game in the third inning when Kayla Denham broke up the no-hitter and legged out an inside the park home run to put USC Aiken on the board. The base knock would be one of only two Pacer hits in the game as the Saints cruised to a 7-1 victory in the opener.

Game two featured a pitcher's duel as both offenses were shut down with zeros on the board until the sixth inning when North Georgia finally showed some life and pushed across two runs on a Kasey Knight single up the middle to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

Jessica Coan would do the rest for North Georgia, tossing back-to-back complete games and improving to 13-3 on the season. She tallied 14 strikeouts in as many innings of the day and allowed just six hits and one earned run.

North Georgia will look continue their winning ways on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming Georgia College to town for another Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. The games will serve as Cancer Awareness Day at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium with first pitch for the opening game set for 4:00 p.m. in Dahlonega.