March 3, 2012

Saints Take Two More at Mid-South in Wet Field Conditions

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SPARTANBURG, SC – The fourth-ranked North Georgia softball team got two more wins on Saturday, taking down No.22-Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba at the Tyger River Sports Park on a soggy Saturday.

Game 1 vs. 22Lenoir-Rhyne (NG 6-4)

A battle of ranked teams saw the offense on full attack, as North Georgia (17-3) knocked off Lenoir-Rhyne (17-3) for a third straight time dating back to last year's NCAA Division II Super Regionals.

The Saints used three home runs and a great defensive game to pick up a hard-earned win over the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne had won 10 straight until today's loss.

Hilary Cox hit the go-ahead home run over the left field wall in the fifth inning, then gave her team an insurance run in the seventh when her single down the right field line allowed Taylor Merritt to come around and score.

It was Kayla Minger who had the most significant home run, when she crushed one to left-center to tie the game at four leading off the fifth inning. Minger finished 2-for-2  with an RBI and a run scored.

She wasn't throwing her best, but Jessica Coan finally got the run support she's been longing for. Just when Coan gives up her highest hit total of the season (7), her offense came through in the clutch.

Coan (11-3) threw her 10th complete game of the season, while striking out eight batters. Coan walked four batters and allowed four earned as well.

A two-run home run by Pilar Harden got the offense started for the Saints. She finished 1-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored.

Game 2 vs. Catawba (NG 4-1)

Sarah Johnson hit a 2-run bomb to help boost North Georgia (18-3) to a day two sweep at the 2012 Mid-South Classic. Johnson finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Saints pitching was on fire once again, as Melissa Dickie (7-0) picked up the win in game two striking out four batters and only allowing one earned run on five hits.

Tiffanie Burns nearly hit another Saints' home run on the day, but the freshman had to settle for a double and just one RBI.

North Georgia got a multi-hit game from Katie Block, who finished a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.


The No. 4 team in the country returns to the field tomorrow when they play their final game of the weekend. The Saints take on Le Moyne at 12:00 noon.