Posted: Saturday, March 8th 2014 at 11:41pm
North Georgia softball sweeps pair of games in tournament play
By staff reports
DAHLONEGA -– The 10th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team swept a pair of games at the Captain D's Classic at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium disposing of King University 5-1 before edging Catawba College 3-1. The wins move North Georgia to 16-6 on the season.
Against King, North Georgia grabbed an early lead on back-to-back hits to start the third inning. Taylor Anne Merritt led off the inning with an infield single and scored on a Kim McMillan double to left center.
The score remained the same until the seventh when Chrissy Melcher started the frame with a walk. After Stephanie Rodriguez reached on a fielder's choice, Fallon Thomas ripped a double to left center that looked to give King the lead but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate leaving the score tied at one.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Nighthawks started a one-out rally with a pair of walks from Meredith Heyer and Amanda Hawkins, and following an error, McMillan crushed a game-ending grand slam to give North Georgia the 5-1 victory.
McMillan finished 2-3 from the plate and accounted for all five of the Nighthawks' RBI's. Courtney Poole moved to 8-5 on the season with a dominant outing in which the sophomore allowed just two hits while striking out nine.
The Lady Indians threatened in the third, but left the bases loaded. In the fourth, Catawba once again filled the bases and got a run in on a single by Sydney Hyder. Catawba only got one baserunner after the fourth which was erased on a double play in the seventh.
Phillips and Jessica Finch each recorded multiple-hit games from the plate as seven different Nighthawks combined for the team's nine hits.
Catawba's Carley Tysinger suffered her first loss of the season.
The day's other games saw King edge Kentucky Wesleyan 1-0 in a pitcher's duel. The Tornado used a first inning double to plate the game's only run and would make it hold up limiting the Panthers to just three hits.
In the day's fourth game, KWC scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to blitz Catawba 10-2 in just five innings.
The final day of the Captain D's Classic kicks off tomorrow (March 9) when King and KWC face off at 10 a.m. North Georgia will face King at 2:00 before concluding the two-day, eight-game event with a 4 p.m. game with Catawba.
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