Buford High graduate Jordan Deep had a two-run homer as part of an 11-hit outing for the No. 8 University of North Georgia’s softball team in a 10-4 win over Auburn-Montgomery in a two-game split of the Gulf Shores Invitational on Friday in Gulf Shores, Ala.
North Georgia lost to No. 23 Alabama-Huntsville, 8-0, in the opener.
The Nighthawks trailed 2-0 after two innings of the nightcap before the bats came alive in the final five. Kaylyn Anthony was 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, three RBI and three runs scored in that span. The Nighthawks plated two runs in the third and fourth innings, then four more runs in the eighth inning.
Starting pitcher Kylee Smith earned her first-career victory from inside the circle, striking out six and only surrendering three hits in five innings.
North Georgia faces No. 13 Valdosta State at 11 a.m., followed by West Florida at 1:30 p.m. for Day 2 of the Gulf Coast Invitational today.
NO. 23 NORTH GEORGIA BASEBALL 6, CARSON-NEWMAN 4: Michael Gouge (1 for 3, two runs scored) connected on a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, while Trevor Sams (2 for 3, double, 2 RBI, run scored) and Connor Hoover (2 for 2, run scored) had two hits apiece in Game 1 of this two-game series in Dahlonega.
The Nighthawks opened the season with a win after scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and added two more in the bottom of the seventh innings after falling behind 3-2 in the top of the fifth.
The final game of the series is 2 p.m. today in Dahlonega.