February 18, 2012

Saints Bounce Back After First Defeat of Season with 11-run Outburst

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DECATUR, AL – The No. 3-ranked Saints softball team bounced back nicely with an 11-run outburst against Missouri-St. Louis after being shutout in their first game 1-0 against Barry University in day two the 2012 Charger Chillout.

Game 1 vs. Barry University (BU 1-0)

Despite not giving up an earned run, pitcher Jessica Coan was credited with just her first loss of the season.

Coan struck out 13 Barry players, while only surrendering four hits. She has been every bit, if not more, as dominant as she was last year.

The top of the third inning saw the only run of the game scored. Amber Durkin led off the inning with a hard hit ball to Karlie Gillam at third base. After Gillam fielded it clean, she threw to first base where Sarah Johnson had come over to cover the bag. Gillam's throw looked to be on the mark, but got by Johnson, allowing Durkin to move up to second base.

After Coan struck out back to back batters, Grace Collins came up to the plate. Collins ripped a single up the middle, allowing Durkin to come in and score the games only run.

The Saints batters had trouble hitting Barry pitcher Brianna Smith all game, a North Georgia only finished with four hits in the game

The Saints did have scoring opportunities, with players on both third and second base a couple of times.

Pilar Harden led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to right field. After Katherine Martin hit a deep fly ball only to be caught, Harden stole second. She was left stranded there, and that would be the final chance the Saints would have at scoring.

Game 2 vs. Missouri-St. Louis (NG 11-2/5 innings)

The Saints bounced back nicely with a dominating win over the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis.

The bats finally came alive for North Georgia, as they smacked out 10 hits and scored 11 runs. Four players finished with multi-hit games.

Karlie Gillam and Katie Block led the way for the Saints, each going 2-for-3. Gillam hit a solo home run, along with knocking in two more runs in the game, finishing three RBI's. Block also finished with three RBI's including two doubles, one with the bases loaded.

Rochelle Shuman finished 2-for-2 in the game with two runs scored. Shuman is now batting .367 on the season as a freshman.

Starting pitcher Melissa Dickie pitched 3.1 innings while picking up the win. The freshman improved her record to 4-0 on the young season, finishing with four strikeouts.

Coan came in relief, pitching the final 1.2 innings. Coan struck out five batters and only gave up two hits.

Hilary Cox also finished with two hits and a run scored, smacking both of her hits back up the middle.

The Saints put six runs on the scoreboard in the third inning, putting the Tritons away. They added three more in the fourth inning; to give them the eight-run lead they were hoping for before the rain set in.

Centerfielder Pilar Harden picked up two RBI's in the game, while going just 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly.


With a steady rain in the forecast tonight and tomorrow morning, North Georgia will not be playing their two scheduled games tomorrow. The Saints were originally scheduled to play Florida Tech and Alabama-Huntsville, but those games have been cancelled.

The tournament committee has pushed all games tomorrow back three hours, but the rain may not even permit them to play after that.

With the Saints not playing tomorrow, their next scheduled game will be on Wednesday, February 22, when they host Belmont Abbey in doubleheader action. Game one is set for 2:00 PM.