The ninth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday to move into a tie for first-place with No. 4 Armstrong Atlantic State University in the Peach Belt Conference standings. The Lady Saints swept Lander University 2-1 and 4-3 in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.
With the pair of wins, North Georgia improves to 25-6 overall and 5-1 in conference action.
NORTH GEORGIA 2, LANDER 1: In Game 1, North Georgia was able to get things started with a single run in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore Kim McMillan scored off a wild pitch by Lander’s Mary Katherine Pegram. McMillan would end the first game 2 for 2 at the plate.
It would take until the fifth inning before North Georgia could find another run. This time it was Katie Garrett scoring off a single through the right side by Taylor Merritt to extend North Georgia’s lead to 2-0.
Sophomore hurler Melissa Dickie (7-2) earned her seventh win of the season in seven innings of work that saw her strike out four batters.
NORTH GEORGIA 4, LANDER 3: Merritt ended the second game 2 for 2 at the plate with her two runs batted in and the one run scored.
North Georgia visits Georgia College & State University for a double header at 5 p.m. Thursday in Milledgeville.
The University of North Georgia baseball team opened up its three-game Peach Belt Conference series with Flagler College by dropping a pair of games by 8-4 and 16-10, despite leaping out to early leads in both contests.
North Georgia falls to 7-14 overall and 3-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Flagler improves to 11-14 overall and 4-10 in the league.
FLAGLER 8, NORTH GEORGIA 4: In the day’s first game, Tremayne Toorie started the scoring drive for the Saints with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. By the end of the day, he went 5 for 8 with two home runs, five runs batted in and three runs scored.
The Saints from Dahlonega then added another run in the top of the third when Devin Gearhart scored off a single by Kenny Bellavance before North Georgia was able to add another two runs in the fifth.
Toorie, Bellavance, Gearhart and Jake McCurry all registered two hits in the contest, while Jake Hanson and Andrew Brodbeck also went 2 for 4 in the game.
FLAGLER 16, NORTH GEORGIA 10: Just like in the first game, North Georgia jumped out to another early lead in the day’s second game with a single run in the first inning before scoring six more in the second off seven hits. In the second frame, Toorie knocked his second homer of the day, a three-run shot that also scored Strickland and John LaMay.
Once again, Toorie led the way at the plate for North Georgia with a 3-for-5 performance that included four RBIs and two runs scored while Bellavance went 3-6 with an RBI and two runs.
Jake Jacob went 3-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in the second game to lead Flagler at the plate.