Posted: Thursday, March 27th 2014 at 9:09pm
North Georgia softball sweeps Ga. College; just a game out of first in PBC
By staff reports
DAHLONEGA -– The 15th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team used a Peach Belt Conference sweep over visiting Georgia College, 2-1 and 7-3, on Thursday at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium to remain just a game out of first place in the PBC race. UNG improves to 28-8 overall and 8-2 in league play with the pair of victories.
In the opener, North Georgia used single runs in the first and second innings to provide enough offensive to support a strong pitching outing from Courtney Poole.
In the bottom of the first, an RBI single by Jessica Finch scored Taylor Anne Merritt, who led off the inning with a single.
An inning later, Victoria Prince led off the inning by reaching on a Bobcat fielding miscue. She advanced into scoring position courtesy of a sacrifice by Poole and would later score on another fielding error.
A stellar defensive play by the Nighthawks ended a threat by GC in the fourth. With runners on first and third with no outs, Poole struck out Kristen Humphries. Kim McMillan ended the threat with a diving snag of a foul all directly in front of the Nighthawk dugout and bounced up to throw to Meredith Heyer covering first to double up the Bobcat runner and end the inning.
GC would again threaten in the top of the seventh by loading the bases but Poole induced a groundout by Taylor Campbell to end the game.
Merritt led the offense with a 2-3 game and a run scored.
For GC, Whitney Okvist was a tough out as the senior batted 3-4 with an RBI. Carly Lewis (10-6) took the pitching loss despite striking out five and allowing a single earned run.
In the circle, Poole struck out three Bobcats and allowed a single run en route to securing her 13th victory of the season. The win moves the sophomore right-hander to 13-7 on the season.
In the nightcap, UNG used three runs in both the first and third innings to explode to a 7-3 win.
Georgia College (24-10, 3-5 PBC) opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Abi LeRoy that scored Okvist. North Georgia would answer by erupting for three runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back.
Merritt led off the inning with a single before Kim McMillan belted her sixth homerun of the season to give UNG a lead that they would never relinquish. An RBI single by Ansley Phillips scored Finch to cap the damage in the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Nighthawks used a pair of triples by Tiffanie Burns and Victoria Prince and a double by Hannah Hardin to plate three more runs and put the game out of reach.
Four Nighthawks were credited with multiple base hits led by Phillips who was 3-4 with a pair of RBI's. GC's Okvist was 2-3 and crossed the plate twice.
Victoria Sink earned her 15th win of the season after scattering 10 hits against just three runs. The win marked her 12th consecutive since a Feb. 9 loss to No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville.
North Georgia is in action again at "The Hill" on Saturday with a noon Peach Belt doubleheader with Francis Marion.
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