After splitting the first two conference doubleheaders of the season against Flagler College and Armstrong Atlantic last week, the North Georgia College & State University softball team slid down two spots to No. 3 this week in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll released Wednesday.
North Georgia opened Peach Belt Conference play with a come-from-behind victory in Game 1 of the Flagler series before falling in Game 2.
Later in the week the Saints traveled to Savannah, where they once again split a conference doubleheader.
North Georgia visits Georgia Southwestern on Friday in Americus.
The series is the third of four straight conference road doubleheaders the Saints will play in search of their fourth straight Peach Belt championship.
LADY LIONS SHUT DOWN VIRGINIA WESLEYAN: The Piedmont College women's tennis team defeated Virginia Wesleyan 8-1 Tuesday afternoon in Demorest.
The Lady Lions (4-5, 2-1 Great South Athletic Conference) swept through all singles matches in straight sets, as well as a forfeited match at No. 6 singles.
The Piedmont doubles teams won two of three in the home win.
Chelsea Prince, Meghan Smith, Morgan Reed, Ashley Fannon and Lauren Anderson all tallied singles wins for the Lady Lions in straight sets, while Maria Carter won by forfeit at flight six.
Reed and Katie Sailors teamed up for Piedmont to take down the Lady Marlins' No. 1 doubles combo, while Prince and Smith won at No. 3 doubles.
The Lady Lions host Agnes Scott at 2 p.m. Saturday.
PIEDMONT TENNIS CAPTURE FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON: The Piedmont College men's tennis team defeated Virginia Wesleyan College 8-1 Tuesday afternoon in Demorest.
The visiting Marlins got their only point in the No. 1 singles match.
The Lions (5-4, 3-0 Great South Athletic Conference) swept through their doubles matches and won five of six singles matches.
Winning matches for the Lions were Joel Silverberg, Patrick Steck, Christopher Davidson, Trey Martin and Jay Evans.
All three doubles combos for Piedmont recorded wins, led by Moses Das and Steck.
The Lions host Covenant College at 3:30 p.m. today.
PIEDMONT LACROSSE FALLS 19-7: Three early goals set the Piedmont College lacrosse team behind in a 19-7 loss to Centre College on Tuesday afternoon in Demorest.
The loss broke Piedmont's two-game winning streak. The Colonels ripped off three unanswered goals in the first quarter, before the Lions put one on the board courtesy of Nick Leaf with 6:35 to go.
Spencer Ortis was the lone Lion to tally two goals for Piedmont, while five other men chipped in with a goal to round out the scoring.
Ryan Price and Patrick Ammons both recorded a pair of assists for the Lions in the loss.
Piedmont hosts Carthage College at 7:30 p.m. tonight.