May 10, 2013

Anderson Defeats North Georgia 7-2 in Opening Round of NCAA Regionals

HICKORY, N.C. – The University of North Georgia softball team dropped their first game of the 2013 NCAA Division II National Tournament to Anderson University 7-2 on Friday afternoon at Bears Field.

It was the first time the Saints (36-13) have lost in the regional round since 2008 when North Georgia lost at the hands of Francis Marion University 1-0 in the South Atlantic Regional.

The Saints struck first in the bottom of the first on a Kayla Minger single down the right field line that scored Rochelle Shuman from second and gave North Georgia an early 1-0 lead.

The Trojans (38-13) answered in the third inning when Abby Child singled on a shallow pop fly to left field that scored Charlotte Sieber to knot the score at one.

Anderson added two more in the fourth on a Jessica Neidigh single with the bases loaded that brought Bri Cason and Rebecca Martin across the plate to extend the lead to 3-1.

North Georgia was able to cut the lead in half as Katherine Martin hit a home run to left field to make the score 3-2.

Anderson put the game away in the sixth as both Neidigh and Sieber went deep to plate the first three runs of the inning as Neidigh's homer came with one on base. The Trojans added one more in the frame to stretch their lead to 7-2.

Only four of the Trojan runs were earned in the contest.

Taylor Merritt, Karlie Gillam, Minger and Martin all went 1-3 at the plate to lead the Saints. Neidigh went 3-4 with four RBIs to lead the Trojans at the plate.

Lauren Bell (21-6) picked up the win for the Trojans as she pitched a complete game and allowed just five hits while striking out five. Melissa Dickie (11-6) was tabbed with the loss after going 5.1 innings and allowing eight hits and six runs.

The Saints drops to the loser's bracket of the Hickory Regional and will play in an elimination game tomorrow, May 11, against Lenoir-Rhyne. Game time for North Georgia tomorrow will be 4:30 p.m. at Bears Field.