Alisha Frierson’s solo homer in the fourth inning and Shelby Hammontree’s home run in the sixth inning were all the offense the top-ranked North Georgia softball team needed as it beat Young Harris, 2-0, in Game 1 of the Division II Super Regional Series on Thursday in Dahlonega.
With the win, the Nighthawks can lock up the series and a spot in the Women’s College World Series for the fifth time with a victory at noon Friday.
North Georgia is seeking its second national championship after winning it all in 2015.
At 60-2 overall, the Nighthawks are the first college program to hit that win total in 2018 among any NCAA or NAIA programs.
From the pitching circle, Kylee Smith was superb, racking up nine strikeouts and giving up just two hits and one walk. She sent down 13 of the last 14 batters she faced against Young Harris.
The Nighthawks have played in the Super Regionals in nine of 10 seasons since the current format was implemented for Division II in 2009.
If Young Harris wins the second game, the deciding Game 3 will be played at 2:30 p.m.
Compiled by Marcus Etienne