February 18, 2014

#15 North Georgia Cools Off Flames With Doubleheader Sweep

CLEVELAND, Tennessee – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia softball team improved to 9-5 overall with a doubleheader sweep of Lee University on Tuesday afternoon at LU's Butler Field.  The 15th-ranked Nighthawks doubled the host Flames up in the opener 10-5 before posting a 4-1 victory in game two to secure the clean bill.

North Georgia jumped out of the gates to an early lead in the opener courtesy of a first inning grand slam by Jessica Finch.  The freshman cleared the bases with a four-RBI blast following a trifecta of walks to the top of the lineup. 

Lee chipped away at the early deficit with solo runs in the first three innings. The Flames plated runs with RBI singles in the first and second innings respectively before cutting the lead to 4-3 with a homerun by Meg Macias in the third inning. 

The Lady Flames would draw no closer however as North Georgia added four more runs on five hits in the top of the fourth inning to give starter Courtney Poole (5-4) some breathing room. Poole gave up five runs on nine hits over seven innings of work. She struck out six and walked four in the victory.

Finch finished 3-4 from the plate while Hannah Harden was 2-3 from the designated player position. 

The second game saw both teams plate a single run in the first inning before North Georgia broke the game open in the top of the fifth with three runs all off the bat of Kim McMillan.  The junior belted an Annabeth Pruett (2-1) pitch over the right field fence scoring Rochelle Shuman and Taylor Anne Merritt

Victoria Sink (4-1) tallied the win for North Georgia as she kept Lee off balance for much of game two. Sink worked all seven innings giving up just one run on five hits. She struck out three and walked only one.

Meagan May added a pair of hits while Sarah Johnson singled in a run in the first inning to give UNG the early advantage.

North Georgia will now take 10 days off before returning to action on Feb. 28 through Mar. 2 at the MidSouth Classic.