February 2, 2014

North Georgia Posts Two Wins On Final Day Of Peach Belt/Sunshine State Leadoff

Columbus, Georgia - (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia softball team posted a pair of wins on Sunday defeating Rollins College 7-4 and blanking Lynn University 6-0 as the 15th-ranked Nighthawks wrapped up play at the Peach Belt/Sunshine State Conference Leadoff at the South Commons Softball Complex.

In the opener, UNG jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out single by Jessica Finch that scored Sarah Johnson

Rollins tied the game up in the top of the third on an RBI single by Kristie Hoeffer but the game would take a dramatic turn in the bottom of the next inning when UNG's Tiffanie Burns launched a grand slam over the centerfield fence.    

Rollins used a solo homerun in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh to round out the final 7-4 score.   The North Georgia victory avenged a tight 4-3 loss to the Tars on Saturday evening.

UNG pounded out 10 hits including three apiece from Johnson and Finch.  Courtney Poole earned the victory with a complete game performance that included five strikeouts.

The second game saw the Nighthawks score two in the first and three in the third to run away from the Fighting Knights.  The Nighthawks capped the weekend's scoring in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a solo homerun by Johnson.

The senior second baseman recorded half of North Georgia six hits and crossed the plate three times.  Victoria Sink earned the victory in the circle posting a complete-game shutout scattering five hits over seven innings of work.  

On the weekend, Johnson tallied eight hits in 14 plate appearances and scored seven of the Nighthawks' 25 runs. 

The Peach Belt Conference and the Sunshine State Conference split the event's 12 games with each league winning six games.  The PBC will retain the Challenge Cup by virtue of outscoring the SSC 57-49.

North Georgia (3-1) returns to action on February 7-9 when the Nighthawks travel to Huntsville, Ala. to take part in University of Alabama-Huntsville's UA-H Charger Chillout.