July 8, 2011

Sarah Phillips Set to Play for Canadian National Team

DAHLONEGA, GA – Former Division II National Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-American, Sarah Phillips, will continue her softball career in the coming weeks after being selected to the Canadian National Team.

"The North Georgia Softball family is extremely proud of Sarah's most recent accomplishment," head coach Mike Davenport said following the announcement. "Not only has Sarah had an unbelievable college career, but her dedication has brought global recognition, as she has been selected to represent her home country of Canada.

The native from Mississauga, Ontario, was one of 18 players selected to the Senior Women's National Team for the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and US World Cup of Softball VI.

The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will take place July 9-17 in Surrey, BC.  Canada will be playing a double round-robin against Australia, Japan, the United States and Venezuela, with all five teams advancing to the playoff round. 

Following this International Championship, the US World Cup of Softball will be played July 21-25 in Oklahoma City. 

Phillips finished one of the most prolific softball careers in NCAA Division II history last season, capping her four-year stint at North Georgia with a Peach Belt Conference record 124 wins.

Her career 1.46 earned run average places her fourth in school history, while she holds program records for innings pitched with 946.1, strikeouts with 911, and shutouts with 45.

She is a two-time Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, and garnered All-American honors in 2009 and 2010, including being named the Ron Lenz Division II National Pitcher of the Year during her junior campaign.

Phillips put together 44 straight wins on the mound during the 2010 season, as she led the Saints to the second of three straight NCAA Division II College World Series appearances.

"The last four years I have spent at North Georgia have impacted me as a softball player, and I am excited to take what I have learned and build on it while I play for my country," Phillips said. "Representing Canada and North Georgia at the same time is something that I never thought imaginable, but I am very excited to see what is to come!"