The No. 12-ranked University of North Georgia softball team recorded its sixth win in a row Saturday afternoon as the Saints claimed a 7-0 win over the University of West Georgia in the UAH Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala.
Saints Freshman Courtney Poole gave up just two hits and two walks as she registered her seventh win of the season while striking out eight batters.
North Georgia’s Katie Block ended the game having gone 2 for 2 at the plate with one run scored and another batted in while Sarah Johnson went 2 for 3 at the dish with a pair of runs scored and another two knocked in.
The Saints were scheduled to play Barry University at 6 p.m., but the game was cancelled due to deteriorating weather conditions. Instead, North Georgia will now play Quincy University and tournament host, University of Alabama-Huntsville, at noon and 2:00 p.m. today to close out their third early-season tournament.
NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE WOMEN 66, NORTH GEORGIA 62: Saints junior forward Mimi Hill scored a career-high 32 points and finished Saturday’s game with her second double-double of the season Saturday in Pembroke, N.C.
The Saints (9-14, 7-9 PBC) ended the game shooting 19 of 51 from the field and went to the free throw line 21 times, but the Braves made six more field goals, including one more 3-pointer, than the Saints.
Hill went 12 of 19 from the field in the game and made all seven of her free throw attempts, while also corralling a game-high 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman was the only other player to finish in double figures for North Georgia as she scored 10 points, five coming from the free throw line.
Amelia Partin led the way for the Braves with 20 points.
The Saints play host to Young Harris at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Dahlonega.
NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE 100, NORTH GEORGIA 93 OT: The University of North Georgia men’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday in Pembroke, N.C.
UNC Pembroke (17-8, 10-5 PBC) improves to 10-1 at home for the season while the Saints (14-9, 9-7 PBC) are now 8-5 in true road contests.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field in the game with North Georgia going 31 of 60. The Saints also hit 13 of their 28 three-point attempts, led by Lamar Richardson’s five treys.
Richardson was just one of three players to end the game in double figures for the Saints as the junior guard collected 19 points off a 7 of 16 shooting performance.
Flowery Branch grad Ishmael Hollis and Scott Windom were the final two players for North Georgia in double-digits with 16 and 15 respectively. Windom went 6 of 10 from the field while Hollis went 4 of 6 from three-point range.
UNC Pembroke’s George Blakeney led all scorers with 26 points off a 10 of 16 performance as the Braves went 38 of 73 from the field. The Braves failed to convert any of their seven three-point attempts, but did convert 24 of their 34 free throws.
The Saints play host to Young Harris at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Dahlonega.
FRANCIS MARION MEN 105, YOUNG HARRIS 80: Vince Martin finished with a team-high 18 points for the Mountain Lions (15-8, 10-6), who lost their second straight game Saturday in Florence, S.C.
Evrik Gary scored a career-high 35 points for Francis Marion (10-11, 5-9 Peach Belt Conference) and went 6 of 11 from 3-point range to lead the way, while Robert Carpenter added 18 points for the Patriots.
Malcolm Jackson (17), Frank Adams (16) and Tony Raymond (16) also scored in double digits for Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions play North Georgia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Dahlonega.
FRANCIS MARION WOMEN 58, YOUNG HARRIS 51: Lauren Smith had 13 points and five steals for the Lady Mountain Lions in the losing effort Saturday in Florence, S.C.
The Lady Patriots’ Dee Gray scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Francis Marion (11-10, 5-9) recorded the Peach Belt Conference victory.
FMU forced 25 Mountain Lion turnovers and led 34-13 in points-off-turnovers.
The Mountain Lions (13-10, 7-9) also received 11 points and 11 rebounds from Shereese Williams.
Young Harris plays North Georgia at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
WEST FLORIDA MEN 4, NORTH GEORGIA 3: The Saints (1-8) out-hit the No. 6-ranked Argos (8-0) 11-9 in the game and had the tying run on third base in the final inning but fell short Saturday in Dahlonega.
North Georgia’s Jake McCurry was just 90 feet away from a tie game when Tremayne Toorie stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs registered on the board, Toorie chopped the ball to the shortstop and came within a half step of beating the throw out at first while McCurry raced home, but the throw barely beat Toorie to the bag to end the game.
Eason Spivey went 3 for 3 at the plate for North Georgia, while McCurry finished the game 2 for 3 with a run scored. Andrew Rodriguez had the most productive outing at the plate for the Argos with a 2 for 3 performance including one run scored.
Saints redshirt freshman Brandon Agar pitched the final two innings and secured three strikeouts while giving up just the one run, but accepted the loss to fall to 0-2 for the season. Matt Vollenweider came in for the final inning and two thirds to earn his first decision of the year.
The Saints will close out their time in the 2013 North Georgia Classic with a 3:30 p.m. match Sunday against Shorter University.
NORTH GEORGIA TEAMS FALL: The University of North Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams fell to the teams from Francis Marion University on Saturday in Dahlonega. The No. 23 Saints men fell 4-5 to the 20th-ranked Patriots while the Saint women fell 1-8 to the 10th-ranked women of FMU at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.
On the men’s side, Felipe Friedrich upset the No. 10 singles player in the nation, Alex Caspari, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 as the Saints claimed two of the six singles match ups.
North Georgia’s Giovani Santos and Sam Gantt combined to defeat Tim Ruepke and Eimon Heywood 8-1 at No. 2 doubles while Mario Mesquita and Ernesto Farinas took down Marius Wahlier and Arnaud Holl 9-8.
But the Patriot men (5-0) were able to claim four of the singles matches despite the Saints (2-1) being up 4-3 with two final matches to play.
On the women’s side, the Saints (0-3) won No. 6 singles thanks to senior Jordan Poole’s 10-point tiebreaker over Nora Westbye.
Both teams will next play Columbus State University Wednesday in Columbus.
MOUNT OLIVE MEN 24, YOUNG HARRIS 5: Mike Matthews scored twice for the Mountain Lions in the losing effort Saturday in Mount Olive, N.C.
Young Harris (1-1) plays Huntingdon College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta.
Daniel Shields led Mount Olive (1-0), which led 16-2 at the half, with seven goals while teammate Matt Shields added five more.