KISSIMMEE, Fla. - When it counted the most, No. 2 North Georgia College & State University's softball team came through in the clutch as Kayla Minger delivered a two-out two-run double to give the Saints a 6-5 win in eight innings over No. 3 West Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
North Georgia's Jessica Coan appeared to be out of harms way in the top of the eighth inning as she struck out the first two batters after a runner was placed on second to start the frame, but a Meghan Slattery infield single brought in the go-ahead run. Coan would eventually strikeout the side in the inning, three of her eight punch-outs in the contest.
North Georgia (12-3) got the bats going early as they scored three runs in the second inning and one more in the third to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
Karlie Gillam delivered a single to right center to plate the first run of the game, and Pilar Harden came through with a single up the middle to send two more runs racing home.
West Texas A&M (10-2) would bounce back in the fifth inning and finally get on the board with a two-out rally, using three straight RBI singles to plate three runs and pull the Lady Buffs to within a run.
After a walk loaded the bases, Tiffanie Burns made a running scoop and stepped on second to stop the threat and preserve the Saints' 4-3 lead.