In the day’s first game, the University of North Georgia jumped out to a sizable lead in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on a hit and two errors by Lynn University (2-2), before eventually losing 4-3 on Sunday in Columbus.
Kim McMillan, who went 3 for 6 for the day and had two home runs in her debut weekend as a Saint, scored first for North Georgia off an RBI single by Katherine Martin with one out.
The game would progress scoreless from there until the bottom of the fifth inning when Lynn pushed four runners across the plate with four hits and two North Georgia errors.
In the top of the sixth, North Georgia was able to put Tiffanie Burns and Sarah Johnson on base and move them into scoring position, but could not capitalize.
And, with the tying run on base in the seventh, Lynn was able to keep the Saints’ bats at bay to hold on for the win.
NORTH GEORGIA 5, FLORIDA TECH 3: The second game did not start off quite as quickly as the first, but the Saints did jump out to a similar 3-0 lead, this time in the top of the third inning.
This time, it was Johnson leading off the scoring drive as she scored for North Georgia on a single to center field by McMillan.
After Meagan May followed with a single of her own to left field, Martin moved both Johnson and May around the bases and across the plate with a double to the fence in left-center field.
The Panthers (0-4) were able to get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nicole Shinksy hit a two-run home run just fair of the left field foul pole, but McMillan had an answer with her own homer in the top of the next inning.
The two programs then swapped runs in the sixth to settle the score at 5-3 in favor of the nationally-ranked Saints.
VALDOSTA STATE 11, YOUNG HARRIS 1: Valdosta State collected 10 hits in the opener as they scored in every inning but one.
The Blazers jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Mountain Lions got their run in the fourth.
Sydnee Weaver led the rally with a one-single and moved to third on Dominique Sibley’s double to left-center field. Weaver then scored on Kayla Jones’ sacrifice fly to left field for the Mountain Lions.
Brittany Henry had two hits for Young Harris in the opener.
VALDOSTA STATE 9, YOUNG HARRIS 1: Young Harris opened up Game 2 with a run in the top of the first. Paige Sexton reached on an infield single, moved to second on a stolen base and scored on Jen Spradling’s single to center.
NORTH GEORGIA 5, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 0 (Saturday): The Saints’ first game progressed scoreless through the first four innings before the bats came alive and scored five runs off three hits and a Florida Southern error in the fifth inning in Columbus.
Tiffanie Burns led off the scoring drive with a double and advanced to third on a balk before Sarah Johnson was walked and advanced to second trying to force the Mocs to chase her so Burns could cruise home. Catcher Katie Block then ripped a single through the left side, scoring Burns and Johnson.
After Kim McMillan was walked, Callie Fernandez pinch-hit with a single to right field to score Block. McMillan then rounded third and scored on a throwing error by the left fielder that also gave Fernandez a chance to round the bases and ultimately score on a throwing error by the left fielder to lift the Saints to a 5-0 lead.
NORTH GEORGIA 5, SAINT LEO 2 (Saturday): In the second game, the Lions edged out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Saint Leo rode momentum from winning their previous game over No. 10 Columbus State University, but North Georgia proved too difficult to tame as the Saints bounced back with two runs in both the second and third innings and a final run in the fifth to secure the win.
Burns recorded her second double of the day, while Meagan May and Katherine Martin led the way in the game at the plate.
May went 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored while Martin went 2-2 with a run and another run batted in.
YOUNG HARRIS WOMEN 67, GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE 50: Keta Robinette, Lauren Smith and Peyton Robertson combined for 43 points as the Young Harris College women’s basketball team pulled away for a Peach Belt Conference victory in Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions snapped their three-game losing streak as they improved to 11-8 overall and to 5-7 in the league, while the Hurricanes fell to 3-17 and 1-12. Young Harris hosts North Georgia at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Young Harris jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead after Buford High graduate Shereese Williams hit two free throws with 15:33 left, but the Hurricanes battled back to take a 18-15 lead on a Ottishia Burden basket with 5:22 left.
The Mountain Lions took the lead for good when Robinette nailed a three-pointer and Robertson added two free throws to open up a 20-18 lead.
That kick started a 12-1 run that gave Young Harris a 27-19 lead on two free throws by Smith with 2:38 remaining.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN MEN 94, YOUNG HARRIS 82: Young Harris started the game on fire as they scored eight of the first 10 points and 20 of the first 27 before taking a 30-11 lead on Michael Matta’s three-pointer with 8:32 remaining in the first half.
However, the Hurricanes used a 17-5 run over the latter stages of the first half to close within three points (41-38) on a put back by Matt Shaw with 1:14 left.
Halftime didn’t cool down Georgia Southwestern State as they took its first lead of the game at 47-46 on a baseline jumper by Milos Kleut with 17:44 to play.
The teams traded baskets until Shaw’s layup with 16:44 gave the Hurricanes the lead for good at 51-50.
MONTEVALLO MEN 83, NORTH GEORGIA 79 (Saturday): The University of North Georgia men’s basketball team had five players finish in double figures Saturday afternoon led by JC Ward’s 17 points, but it was not enough to knock off the University of Montevallo on the road as the Falcons were able to hold on for an Peach Belt Conference West Division win inside BankTrust Arena.
The Saints (11-8, 6-6 PBC) suffered their third loss in a row, while the Falcons (14-6, 10-3 PBC) avoided a second loss for the week after seeing a five-game streak come to an end on the road at the hands of Young Harris College.
North Georgia shot 47.5 percent from the field, but Montevallo managed to hit 26 of their 50 attempts (52 percent) in the win.
The difference maker was the Falcons’ eight three-pointers compared to three by the Saints.
The Saints did dominate the boards as they out-rebounded the Falcons 38-25 and scored 36 points inside the paint.
VALDOSTA STATE 6, NORTH GEORGIA 2: Sophomore left handed pitcher Taylor Keinat pitched six solid innings and struck out six batters Sunday, but Valdosta State University was able to end its own Comfort Suites Classic with a win over the University of North Georgia at Billy Grant Field in Valdosta.
The Saints (0-3) return home for a three-game series with King College (Tenn.), still searching for the first win of the season, while Valdosta State ends the three-day tournament with a 2-1 record.
Both Brett Wright and Tremayne Toorie recorded for the Saints. Toorie had the most productive afternoon for North Georgia, which registered eight hits on the afternoon.
Toorie went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored one of the Saints’ two runs, while Cameron Crawford scored the other run.
PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY 7, NORTH GEORGIA 2 (Saturday): Shortstop Edwin Arias led the way at the plate for North Georgia with a 2-for-4 performance as the Saints combined to record seven hits.
Palm Beach Atlantic put up four runs in the second inning off three hits that included a double by Ethan Perla that scored Anthony Ortiz, Spencer Castro and Karl Kapinos.
Ryan Gerber then knocked a single to score Perla and set the score at 4-0.