SALEM, Va - The North Georgia College & State University softball team saw their season come to an end on Saturday evening, as Saginaw Valley State rallied late to come away with a 7-1 victory over the Saints in the third round of the NCAA Division II National Championships at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.
Saginaw Valley (42-17) advances to the final four of the World Series on Sunday against UC-San Diego at noon. The Cardinals will be forced to beat the Tritons twice to move on to Monday's National Championship game.
The Saints end the season with the most wins in school history at 53-12, going 1-2 at the Division II College World Series for the second straight season.
North Georgia is now 22-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and 4-6 in their three straight appearances in the National Championships.
The North Georgia offense could do little right the first time through the lineup, sending nine players to the plate and not recording a hit, while falling via the strikeouts in five of those plate appearances.
The second time through the order proved to be a different story however, as North Georgia finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Katherine Martin led off and drilled a solo shot over the wall in left field to knot the score at 1-1.
Martin's sixth home of the year was just the second hit of the game for the Saints, as the junior recorded her 35th run batted in on the season with the blast.
Saginaw Valley opened their half of the sixth inning with a leadoff single down the left field line to get a rally started, and then the North Georgia defense collapsed. allowing a pop fly to fall in the infield and a passed ball moved two a pair of runners into scoring position.