February 1, 2014

#15 Nighthawks Split Pair At PBC/SSC Leadoff Defeating Saint Leo 9-4 & Falling To Rollins 4-3

COLUMBUS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The 15th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team opened up the 2014 season by splitting a pair of games at the Peach Belt/Sunshine State Conference Leadoff at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.  The Nighthawks rallied past Saint Leo University 9-4 in the opener before dropping a 4-3 decision to Rollins College.  

Against Saint Leo, the Nighthawks surrendered three runs in the bottom of the second inning on a pair of SLU hits aided by two Nighthawk errors. 

The Nighthawk bats warmed up in the top of the fourth when Tiffanie Burns doubled to score Victoria Prince and Kaitlyn Seabolt.  Prince's fielder's choice plated Sarah Johnson to start the scoring and a single my Meagan May would later score Burns and give North Georgia a 4-3 lead. 

Johnson would cross the plate again in the fifth inning following a fielder's choice by Jessica Finch to extend the UNG lead to 5-3.

UNG plated two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to cap the scoring.

In the circle, Courtney Poole earned the victory striking out six in six innings of work.

Jessica Finch led the way from the plate going 3-4 while Johnson added a multiple-hit performance going 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. Burns (2-4) and May (2-3) combined for four hits in seven plate appearances from the bottom of the lineup.

Against Rollins, the two teams traded runs in the first inning with UNG's run coming courtesy of an Ansley Phillips double that would plate Taylor Anne Merritt who reached with a single.

Rollins (2-0) extended its lead to 3-1 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second when Chelsea Reed connected on a two-run homerun. 

The Nighthawks would again battle back to even the score after two scoreless innings with a two-run homerun by Kim McMillan.  The junior blasted a Niki Fogle offering over the left center fence. 

Rollins found the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the sixth when Fogle homered over the left field fence.

Poole suffered the loss after as the sophomore ace struck out five while allowing five free passes. 

UNG was able to muster five hits from five different players against Rollins. 

North Georgia (1-1) wraps up play in the two-day event on Sunday (Feb. 2) with an 11:30 game with Rollins before a 2:00 game with Lynn University (Fla.).