For the first time in four years, the North Georgia College & State University softball team will not be representing the Southeast Region in the Division II College World Series, as they dropped Game 3 of the NCAA Southeast Super Regional 4-1 in extra innings to Flagler on Saturday afternoon in Dahlonega.
Earlier in the day, the Lady Saints kept the series alive with a 3-0 win.
North Georgia (49-10) lost their third extra-inning contest of the season, while Flagler (39-18) earned their first-ever berth in NCAA Division II College World Series.
Buford graduate Melissa Dickie (21-1) suffered her first loss of the season, tossing a complete game allowing all four Flagler runs, while scattering six hits and striking out three. Katie Enright (9-4) picked up the win tossing her seventh complete game of the season surrendering nine hits and striking out two.
North Georgia had plenty of scoring opportunities, but Enright worked her way out of jams all afternoon.
Flagler opened the scoring in the second capitalizing on a North Georgia error as Tori Jolley lined a single down the right field line to bring Breezy Collings charging home.
An inning later North Georgia was threatening as Pilar Harden and Rochelle Shuman hit back-to-back one-out singles. Enright would bear down forcing Hilary Cox to ground into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.
After allowing a run in the second, Dickie went into shutdown mode as she retired 11 straight Flagler batters before leadoff hitter Lauren Roudabush reached on a bunt single to open the sixth.