GULF SHORES, Ala. – The No. 16 University of North Georgia softball team wrapped up the opening weekend of play with two wins at the Gulf Shores Invitational, defeating West Alabama, 8-3, before downing Mississippi College, 3-0, Sunday.
West Alabama jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring on back-to-back RBI base hits in the third inning. UNG responded in the bottom half of the frame with seven runs, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Hannah Forehand.
Two innings later, North Georgia added an eighth run on a Shelby Hammontree RBI single, scoring Kaylyn Anthony. UWA scratched a run across in the seventh on a RBI single with the bases loaded.
Anthony finished the game 3-for-4, while Mariah Wicker went 2-for-3 out of the two hole. Hammontree, Olivia Sinquefield and Cheyanne Mosteller each also had multi-hit games.
Abbie Crawford (1-0) earned the win in relief, throwing four innings of four hit softball, striking out five.
The Nighthawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a Jenna Goodrich two-run blast in the top half of the first inning, scoring Anthony who led off the inning with a single.
North Georgia loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but they were only able to get one run out of it off a Mosteller sacrifice fly that plated Janie Henderson.
Kylee Smith (2-0) pitched the complete game, striking out 14 batters along the way.
North Georgia heads to Chattanooga, Tennessee, next weekend for another tournament, starting against Shorter on Friday at 11 a.m.
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