The sixth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team completed its final road doubleheader of the regular season by splitting a pair of games with Flagler College on Wednesday in St. Augustine, Fla. North Georgia took the first game 6-2 before dropping the second 10-4 at Flagler Field.
North Georgia took an early 3-1 lead in the day’s first game with a single run in the first inning and two more in the second from Taylor Merritt, Tiffanie Burns and Megan May.
Kayla Minger and Ansley Phillips then gave North Georgia a 5-1 lead in the third frame as Minger homered before Phillips scored off a double by Merritt.
Buford High grad Melissa Dickie (10-4) pitched the complete game to secure the win off four strikeouts compared to giving up just one earned run, three walks and seven hits.
North Georgia (31-10, 11-5 Peach Belt Conference) plays host to Georgia Southwestern State University for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Sunday in Dahlonega.
FLAGLER COLLEGE 10, NORTH GEORGIA 4: McMillan scored first for North Georgia in the second game off an error before Minger hit her second homer of the day, which also drove Karlie Gillam across the plate.
Courtney Poole (18-6) was saddled with the loss in game two in just two-thirds of an inning of work that saw her give up the first six runs, all earned.
TUSCULUM COLLEGE 6, YOUNG HARRIS 3: With the score tied at 3, Tusculum used a throwing error by Dom Wyshinski in the sixth inning to score three times off reliever Taylor Topping (1-3) on Wednesday in Greenville, Tenn.
Young Harris had tied the game at 3 with a three-run fourth inning. Tom Valichka drove in the first run for the Mountain Lions on a squeeze bunt, and Zach Bricknell, who was a triple short of the cycle, followed with a two-run homer to right field. It was Bricknell’s Peach Belt-leading 10th homer.
Young Harris plays host to the University of North Georgia in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday in Young Harris.
NORTH GEORGIA 7, WEST GEORGIA 5: North Georgia never trailed in the game, but West Georgia tied it in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings on Wednesday in Carrollton.
The Saints (10-21) rallied with two runs in the 10th to earn the win. Andrew Gordon scored first off a single by Travis Naraine (2-5) before Eason Spivey scored his third run of the game off a single by Devin Gearhart.
Gearhart (2-5) finished the game with three RBIs, and Naraine and Gearhart were the only two Saints to register multiple hits in the game.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Agar (5-4) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out two, to secure the win on the mound for the Saints.
North Georgia visits Young Harris for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday in Young Harris.