UNG women’s tennis team defeats Queens in championship opening

Sports, University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 12 UNG women’s tennis team won three straight singles matches in straight sets over No. 49 Queens, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship. The win marks the first win at the national championship site in program history.

UNG started quickly in doubles, winning 6-1 at No. 2 and No. 3. The first win was earned by Emma Etelalahti and Cibeles Zuddy, followed by Adrienne Bofinger and Lexa Loden.

In singles, Bofinger earned the first point, winning in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Zuddy wasn’t far behind, winning at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2 before the singles matches were closer. Jorge went down a set early but fought back to force a third, while Claudelle Labonte Frey won her first set in a tiebreak. Bennett clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win just before Loden was able to finish her match.

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UNG pitcher named Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to the University of Athletics Department, the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) named UNG junior pitcher, Kylee Smith, the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday afternoon.

This is Smith’s second year earning the honor, and she is now the fourth North Georgia pitcher with this achievement and the second to do so within two consecutive seasons. This is the sixth time in 10m years that Dahlonega has had an athlete earn the award.

Kylee Smith: Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Smith is also the third pitcher in 13 years to earn it twice in a row; the last athlete was UNG’s Courtney Pool in 2015 and 2016. Smith was also named a D2CCA First Team All-American, her third straight honor, and she is a native of Suwanee, Georgia.

Smith finished the season with a 30-4 record and 0.73 ERA. She leads NCAA Division II in ERA and is second nationally in strikeouts (318) and hits allowed per game, third in wins, fourth in shutouts (12) and fifth in strikeouts per seven innings. She recorded four no-hitters during the year and threw a perfect game against USC Aiken on April 19.

In three seasons, Smith has quickly risen among the ranks of Peach Belt Conference all-time leaders. She is currently tied for third all-time in wins, is sixth in career strikeouts and eighth in career innings pitched.

Named the PBC Pitcher of the Week a record seven times this season, she was also named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on April 3. She has been named the PBC Pitcher of the Week 14 times in her career.

 

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UNG softball throws no-hitters during Florida Tech Invitational

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, No. 3 University of North Georgia softball team swept the final day of the Florida Tech Invitational, knocking off Lynn and Converse Sunday as sophomore, Kylee Smith, tossed a no-hitter in game one.

UNG freshman, Kaylee Womack, kicked off the scoring with a single that scored Hobby Gregory in the first inning. Hobby later hit a double that plated sophomore, Alishia Frierson, and UNG added another as Junior, Kelly Kahlert, sprinted home on a Knight error to make the score 3-0 in the fourth.

The Nighthawks doubled their lead in the second inning on a two-run blast by freshman, Adella Carver, before scoring the final two runs of the game in the fifth. Kahlert stole home after moving to third on a bunt by sophomore, Cheyanne Mosteller. Anthony pushed Mosteller across for the game’s final run on a double to left center.

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UNG softball opens with 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, junior, Marley Stowers, hit a grand slam over the left field wall, pushing No.3 UNG softball team to a 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan Friday afternoon.

Marley Stowers (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Kaylyn Anthony scored the game’s first run on a SWU error in the first inning of the opening game of the Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic. After loading the bases, the Nighthawks got Stowers up to bat and, with a full count, she put the softball well out of the park to push the lead to 5-0.

Kaylyn Anthony (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Anthony struck an RBI single in the fourth inning before Katelyn Perry tacked on another run ins the sixth on an RBI single. The Warriors pushed a run across in the top of the seventh to bring the game to its final score.

 

 

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UNG men’s basketball falls to Young Harris

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the UNG men’s basketball team suffered an upset against Young Harris Wednesday, despite UNG sophomore, Jack Howard, reaching a career high of 23 points.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

 

The Nighthawks started with a 16-3 lead, but the Mountain Lions managed to gain a four-point lead by the end of the first half. Young Harris came out of the half with a strong guard of the three-point line. UNG hit 14 of 34 three-point attempts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNG shuts out California (PA) IN NFCA Leadoff Classic Finale

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG junior, Bria Bush, shutout 4.1 innings of softball as the No. 3 UNG team finished of the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 6-0 win over the California University of Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

UNG landed three runs during the third inning. UNG freshman, Hobby Gregory, scored before teammate, Alishia Frierson, plated Kaylee Womack on an RBI single, just two pitches later, putting UNG up 2-0.

Womack brought home another run in the fifth, plating sophomore, Kaylin Anthony, on a sacrifice fly that took the lead to 4-0. Freshman, Olivia Sinquefield, was responsible for the final two runs of the game, tripling in the sixth to score Kelly Kahlert, scoring herself on a Vulcan error.
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Smith named PBC pitcher of the week

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, GA

University of North Georgia softball player, Kylee Smith, has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week. The conference announced their consideration on Tuesday afternoon. 

Smith was 2-0 in three NFCA Leadoff Classic appearances, allowing just two hits in 13.2 innings, with a total of 24 strikeouts. She also picked up her first win against No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne University, going all seven innings with two hits allowed and one walk while striking out 15.

The UNG sophomore pitched five, no-hit innings, landing a 6-3 win over Hillsdale. Overall, Smith struck out six, before pitching 1.2 innings of relief against California University of Pennsylvania, where she struck out three with no hits nor walks allowed. Smith is currently tied for the league lead in wins and is second in strikeouts. 

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