Posted: Friday, April 18th 2014 at 2:23pm
North Georgia softball wins in PBC quarterfinals, moves to Saturday's semifinal
By staff reports
FLORENCE, S.C. –– The University of North Georgia softball team scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings as the top-seeded Nighthawks defeated 8th-seeded Georgia Regents University 4-0 Friday afternoon at the FMU Softball Field in a quarterfinal contest of the 2014 Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament.
The Nighthawks, who are ranked fourth nationally in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, improved to 42-9 and they advanced to Saturday's (April 19) 11 a.m. semifinal game where they will face the winner of Georgia College and Flagler.
GRU Augusta had a chance to take the early lead in the top of the fourth. Erin Rozier, who reached on a fielder's choice, was gunned out at home plate by UNG centerfielder Taylor Anne Merritt to end the inning as she tried to score on Hannah Vaughn's soft single.
The Nighthawks used the defensive momentum to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Jessica Finch led off with a double just inside the left-field line off Jaguar starter Paige Deschaine (12-16) and Ansley Phillips reached a four-pitch walk. Rochelle Shuman, who pinch ran for Finch, scored the first run on back-to-back wild pitches. Brooke Herkel, who pinch ran for Phillips, later scored on Victoria Prince's ground out.
North Georgia pitcher Courtney Poole (20-8) helped herself at the plate by drawing a walk to lead off the fifth. Tiffanie Burns followed by sending the first pitch she saw over the right-field fence for a two-run homer – her seventh of 2014 – to give the Nighthawks a 4-0 lead.
Deschaine allowed just three hits and struck out seven, but issued three walks – two of which scored. Poole only allowed four hits and had two strikeouts en route to collecting her eighth shutout of the season.
Meagan May added the Nighthawks' third hit, a single to short centerfield.
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