February 25, 2013

Fourth-Ranked Softball Goes 3-1 in Altered Catawba College Tournament

SALISBURY, N.C. – The fourth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team was able to get all four games of the Catawba College Tournament in, going 3-1 in the weather-altered schedule. The Saints played three games on Sunday and their final game Monday morning.

North Georgia started their time in the two-day tournament by capturing an 12-1 win over Northeast-10 Athletic Conference institution Le Moyne College. The Saints then dropped a Southeast Region game 2-1 to the tournament host, Catawba College, before finishing Sunday's play with an 8-4 victory over East Stroudsburg University.

The Saints (16-3) ended the tournament by posting an 11-5 win over Shippensburg University Monday morning.

In the circle for the Saints, freshman Courtney Poole went 2-1 for the weekend with senior Krysten Connelly claiming the win over East Stroudsburg Sunday night.

In the game against South Atlantic Conference foe Catawba (11-5), Callie Fernandez led the way at the plate with a 2-3 outing including one run batted in. Left fielder Kim McMillan scored the Saints' lone run in the bottom of the third off the single through the right side by Fernandez. The Indians are now in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

In Monday's game, McMillan, Katherine Martin and Tiffanie Burns all registered home runs against Shippensburg's pitcher with McMillan going 3-3 at the plate. She also had two runs batted in and a double while Martin went 2-3 with a double and four RBI. Burns recorded three RBI off her homer.

The Warriors of East Stroudsburg, members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, are 0-3 while fellow PSAC member Shippensburg is 3-1. The Warriors and Raiders, along with the Dolphins of Le Moyne (1-2), opened their 2013 campaigns in the tournament this weekend.

The nationally-ranked Saints will next travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for the 2013 Mid-South Classic. This will be the final tournament of the regular season for the Saints before beginning their Peach Belt Conference slate on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Augusta State University. North Georgia is scheduled to play six games between Friday, Mar. 1 and Sunday, Mar. 3 with all six games being important Southeast Region games.