The fourth-ranked University of North Georgia softball team notched its first Top-10 matchup of the season, defeating No. 8 Saint Leo, 3-1, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Sydney Sprague was the lone Nighthawk with a multi-hit performance, going 2 for 4 with a third-inning solo shot, which put the Nighthawks (18-5) on the board. Sprague led off the top of the fifth with a single, then scored off an Alishia Frierson RBI-double two batters later to put the Nighthawks ahead a second time. Kaycie Oakley gave North Georgia an insurance run in the top of the sixth with an RBI-double.
Kylee Smith picked up her 11th win from the circle, only surrendering five hits with six strikeouts and two issued walks.
North Georgia hosts its first regular season double header against Lee at Hill Stadium on Wednesday.
The 27th-ranked University of North Georgia baseball team swept the 2017 Nighthawks Nest Classic following its 19-4 victory over Albany State on Sunday at Bob Stein Stadium.
The Nighthawks’ (10-3) batting order produced four multi-hit showings. Michael Gouge (3 for 4, two runs scored) tallied a team-high five RBI off a pair of doubles in the third and fifth innings. Joshua Peterson was 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.
Also for the Nighthawks, Devin Gearhart (2 for 3, RBI, two runs scored) and Connor Hoover (2 for 3, three RBI, three runs scored) added two hits apiece. Trevor Sams and Michael Bell each homered in the win as well.
Derrick Pickvet (3-0) picked up the win for North Georgia, allowing just one hit while striking out two.
TRACK & FIELD
University of North Georgia women’s track & field made its mark with five first-place finishes at the Columbus State’s seventh-annual Adonica Ferguson Memoral Relays at Brookstone High School on Sunday.
The Nighthawks finished third out of six teams with a combined 120 points behind winner Columbus State and runner-up Clark Atlanta.
Brittany Truitt won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 12 seconds. Makayla Ellis (10:51) and Jenna Sanborn (11:01) earned spots as well in the same event by finishing second and third, respectively, for the Nighthawks. North Georgia scored the top-seven finishers, including nine of the top 11 spots.
Mary Owen Howell won the pole vault with a mark of eight feet, 5 inches — a foot clear of the nearest competitor. Truitt continued her success in the 4x400 meter relay (Elizabeth Mullenax, Sarah Whittington, Dallas Akins), edging Clark Atlanta by one second to win with a time of 4:11. Also for the Nighthawks, Emma Brown, Aleah Johnson, Sarah Buckler and Emily
Sims teamed up to notch a pair of victories in both the 4x800 (9:37) and Distance Medley relays (13:05).
The Nighthawks compete at Choccolco Park on March 11 in Oxford, Ala.