After reaching the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game with a walk-off win, the University of North Georgia softball team claimed their fourth straight conference title with a 4-0 win against Flagler on Saturday in Milledgeville.
Kylee Smith pitched more than 10 scoreless innings over both games for the No. 8 Nighthawks (44-10), who knocked off Young Harris 5-4 in the semifinals. North Georgia scored the winning run on a throwing error after starting the inning with two singles and a sacrifice bunt.
North Georgia’s Stephanie Hartness went 5 for 7 on the day with two RBIs and five runs scored. She hit a home run against Flagler in the championship game, during which the Nighthawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Smith improved to 27-4 this season by winning both games, the first in relief. The pitcher permitted five hits and only one walk while striking out six.
North Georgia, which has won the PBC tournament in seven of the last nine years, is expected to a host a regional in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The field will be revealed at 10 a.m. May 8 on NCAA.com.
The University of North Georgia baseball team locked up the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title with a sweep of Flagler on Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega.
The third-ranked Nighthawks (36-8, 19-5 PBC) opened the day with a 10-4 win before prevailing 5-2 in Game 2.
North Georgia clinched the PBC crown in Game 1, which Lumpkin County graduate Daniel McCrary won with eight innings pitched. Dylan Peppers picked up the victory in the second game with a 12-strikeout performance.
Bill Leroy and Conner Corbitt were both 3 for 5, and each Nighthawk drove in a pair of runs in Game 1. Connor Hoover blasted two home runs in Game 2 as part of a 2 for 4 outing for North Georgia. Teammate Michael Bell also extended his on-base streak to 27 games.
The Nighthawks host West Georgia at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Dahlonega.
Track and field
The Brenau University outdoor track and field team won its fifth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference championship Saturday.