April 7, 2012

No. 13 Saints Sweep Away No. 19 Jaguars on Cancer Awareness Day

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Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The No. 13-ranked North Georgia softball team got a much-needed sweep over No. 19 Augusta State on Saturday, 2-0 and 8-0 on Cancer Awareness Day at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.

Game 1: North Georgia 2 Augusta State 0

Jessica Coan (21-6) shutdown the No. 19-ranked Jaguars in the first game en route to her fifth complete game shutout of the season. The senior was sensational going the distance and striking out 11 Augusta State batters. Coan only allowed four hits and one walk.

The run production was made by senior catcher Hilary Cox. Cox finished the game going 1-for-2 while driving in both RBI's for the Saints (33-7, 7-3 PBC).

Rochelle Shuman finished 2-for-3, finishing with her 10th multi-hit game of the season.

The Saints finished with just five hits in the game, but got another dominating performance from Coan to take game one.

It was a battle of Peach Belt aces, with Coan outdueling Emily Headrick. Headrick finished with two earned runs on five hits allowed.

Game 2: North Georgia 8 Augusta State 0 (5 innings)

In game two of a top 25 battle, the Saints made quick work of the visiting Jaguars, coming away with an 8-0 shutout win in five innings.

The offensive attack was led by Tiffanie Burns and Kayla Minger, who each finished with three RBI's in the game.

Burns was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, including those three runs batted in.

Minger finished 1-for-2 as well, including a two-run double that gave North Georgia a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Callie Fernandez would later drive in Katie Garrett to give the Saints their eight-run rule victory.

Melissa Dickie (11-0) was outstanding for North Georgia, going five innings and surrendering just one hit. Dickie struck out three batters and shutdown Augusta State (28-12, 9-5 PBC).

Cox also added another RBI on the day, when her single gave the Saints an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Gold glove first basemen Katherine Martin went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a run scored for North Georgia.

Sarah Johnson also chipped in going 2-for-3, while scoring two of the Saints' eight runs.

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The doubleheader was the Saints annual Cancer Awareness and Family Day. Cancer survivors and those who wanted to pay tribute any affected by the disease were brought onto the field in between games in an emotional ceremony.

The Saints will now look forward to playing six PBC games in five days. North Georgia will start with Georgia College on Tuesday, with the first game of a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m.

- Enjoy the Sights of Cancer Awareness Day 2012 -