April 12, 2012

Dickie's Domination Leads Saints Past UNC Pembroke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Saints got a dominating performance from Melissa Dickie on Thursday night, as they swept UNC Pembroke, 8-0 and 3-0 at Haines and Carolyn Hill Stadium.

Game 1: North Georgia 8 UNC Pembroke 0 (6 innings)

In a game that was postponed from April 3, the Saints (37-7, 11-3 PBC) jumped all over the Braves (14-29, 3-13 PBC) in the fourth inning, scoring three runs to blow the lead wide open.

The game was postponed due to heavy rain, and picked up in the top of the fourth inning with North Georgia leading 2-0. The three-run fourth put the Saints on cruise control to win the first game in eight-run rule fashion.

Dickie (13-0) pitched the final three innings, after Jessica Coan threw the first three innings of the initial scheduled date.

The freshman was outstanding in those three innings, allowing just one hit and not surrendering a run. She struck out four batters and only walked one.

The offense was sparked by Hilary Cox, who finished with a team-high four RBI's. Cox was 2-for-4 with a double.

Tiffanie Burns hit a two-run home run to blow the game open in the fourth inning. Burns went 1-for-3 with two RBI's and a run scored.

Picking up the other two RBI's for the Saints was Kayla Minger and Rochelle Shuman, who each finished with one a piece. They both scored a run as well.

Karlie Gillam went 2-for-3 in the ball game while playing outstanding defensively once again.

Game 2: North Georgia 3 UNC Pembroke 0

Dickie didn't lose a beat in the second game of the doubleheader, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout. Dickie improved her record to a perfect 14-0 on the season as she struck out three and only allowed three base runners all game.

Gillam hit a towering two-run bomb in the sixth inning to widen the Saints lead to 3-0. Gillam finished 1-for-3 with those two RBI's.

Pilar Harden went a perfect 3-for-3 in the ball game, as she was all over Star Gilley of the Braves.

Katherine Martin scored one of the three runs for the Saints as she went 1-for-3 at the dish.

Pinch runner Katie Garrett scored a run in both games, utilizing her speed to come in and score.

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The No. 13-ranked Saints have now won seven games in a row, including three consecutive Peach Belt Conference sweeps.

The pitching continues to dominate, as the North Georgia staff of Melissa Dickie, Jessica Coan and Krysten Connelly have allowed just three runs in their past seven games.

North Georgia will now prepare for a four-game weekend, starting with USC Aiken at home on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at The Hill.