Down to their final three outs in game three of the NCAA Southeast Regional, 11th-ranked and top-seeded North Georgia battled back to score two runs in walk-off fashion to grab a 2-1 victory over No. 5-seed Columbus State in Dahlonega.
With the win, the Saints (47-8) advance to the Southeast Dahlonega Regional Championship game at 1:30 p.m. today.
With just one hit over the first six innings, the Lady Saints made the most of the seventh and final inning. Sarah Johnson hit a bases-loaded single to plate the tying run and keep the bases loaded for Kayla Minger.
Minger grounded out to first and the Cougars came home for the force out. Columbus State’s Casey Googe then fired down to first attempting to complete the inning-ending double play, but the throw hit off the diving Minger and rolled into right field to bring home the winning run.
The Cougars committed four errors in the seventh inning.
North Georgia is undefeated over the last three years in regional play, winning their 14th consecutive game over the last four years.
Columbus State drops their first game since the middle of April as they fall to 40-19 on the year.
Tossing another gem in the circle was North Georgia true freshman Melissa Dickie (20-0) who came out and allowed just two hits and no earned runs to stay perfect on the year. Making her NCAA Tournament debut, Dickie allowed a pair of hits in the third inning before retiring the Cougars in order over the final four innings.
Russell (21-11) was the loser for Columbus State, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs. She tallied one strikeout and did not issue a walk.