FLAGLER RALLIES IN EXTRA INNINGS TO CAPTURE SOUTHEAST SUPER REGIONAL
DAHLONEGA, GA – For the first time in four years the North Georgia softball team will not be representing the Southeast Region in the Division II College World Series, as they dropped game three of the NCAA Southeast Super Regional 4-1 in extra innings to Flagler on Saturday afternoon at The Hill.
North Georgia (49-10) lost their third extra inning contest of the season, while Flagler (39-18) earned their first-ever birth in NCAA Division II College World Series.
Melissa Dickie (21-1) suffered her first loss of the season tossing a complete game allowing all four Flagler runs, while scattering six hits and striking out three. Katie Enright (9-4) picked up the win tossing her seventh complete game of the season surrendering nine hits and striking out two.
North Georgia had plenty of scoring opportunities, but Enright worked her way out of jams all afternoon.
Flagler opened the scoring in the second capitalizing on a North Georgia error as Tori Jolley lined a single down the right field line to bring Breezy Collings charging home.
An inning later North Georgia was threatening as Pilar Harden and Rochelle Shuman hit back-to-back one-out singles. Enright would bear down forcing Hilary Cox to ground into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.
After allowing a run in the second, Dickie went into shutdown mode as she retired 11 straight Flagler batters before leadoff hitter Lauren Roudabush reached on a bunt single to open the sixth.
In the home-half of the fifth, North Georgia was on the attack again as Callie Fernandez and Pilar Harden hit back-to-back one out singles. Once again Enright would get herself out of the jam as Shuman and Cox grounded out to end the threat.
After retiring North Georgia in order in the sixth Enright ran into trouble as Tiffanie Burns started the rally with a leadoff double to right center. Fernandez then did her job by moving the runner over to third with a groundout to the right side. After a Harden walk, Shuman followed with the game tying sac fly.
Dickie would retire the first two batters in the eighth with relative ease before running into trouble as Flagler whacked three straight two-out hits to take the 4-1 lead. Robyn Draper provided what would prove to be the game-winning RBI as she laced a triple to right center that scored Lauren Ely.
Enright would retire the Saints in order in the bottom of the eighth to end North Georgia’s season and their historic run in the Southeast region.