February 16, 2013

No. 12 Saints Defeat West Georgia 7-0, Game with Barry Cancelled

DECATUR, Ala. – The No. 12 University of North Georgia softball team recorded its sixth win in a row Saturday afternoon as the Saints claimed a 7-0 win over the University of West Georgia in the UAH Charger Chillout. 

Freshman Courtney Poole gave up just one hit and two walks as she registered her seventh win of the season while striking out eight batters. Megan Roberts was saddled with her second loss of the season for the Wolves (3-3) after giving up seven hits and seven runs, five of which were unearned.

The first three innings of the game passed by scoreless before the Saints tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Meagan May, Katie Garrett and Sarah Johnson all registered unearned runs in the inning to push North Georgia ahead 3-0.

The scoring drive continued for North Georgia into the fifth and sixth innings as the Saints plated two runs in each of those frames.

In the fifth, Rochelle Shuman laid down a sacrifice bunt that the first baseman mishandled, giving Katherine Martin and Taylor Anne Merritt enough time to score. Kim McMillan then sent a single to center field to score Katie Block and Johnson in the sixth.

Block ended the game having gone 2-2 at the plate with her one run scored and another batted in while Johnson went 2-3 at the dish with a pair of runs scored and another two knocked in.

The Saints were scheduled to play Barry University at 6:00 p.m., but the game was cancelled due to deteriorating weather conditions. Instead, North Georgia will now play Quincy University and tournament host, University of Alabama-Huntsville at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to close out their third early-season tournament.