UNG sweeps Southern Indiana in softball

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DAHLONEGA – A six-run sixth in game one was the turning point of the doubleheader as the No. 2 University of North Georgia softball team swept No. 16 Southern Indiana Saturday afternoon at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium at Lynn Cottrell Park.
GAME ONE – UNG 8, USI 3
Rachel Martinez got things started for the Eagles with a solo homer to left in the top half of the first inning. North Georgia answered in the second inning on a two run double from Madison Simmons that put the Nighthawks up, 2-1. USI retook the lead with a two-run shot from Alissa Webb to left field to push Southern Indiana up, 3-2.
After three scoreless innings, the Nighthawks got back on the scoreboard in a big way with Simmons retaking the lead on a two run bomb to straight away center. After a Shelby Hammontree RBI single to left, Gracie Mixson hit a three run blast to left to bring the game to its final score.
Kylee Smith (3-0) earned the win, fanning 10 in a complete game effort.
GAME TWO – UNG 8, USI 1
The Nighthawk bats got hot early in the second half of the top 25 twinbill, scoring five in the second inning, all of which were unearned. Two UNG runs came across on the Eagle error before Olivia Sinquefield cleared the bases on a single to right field to make the score 5-0.
Webb pushed the lone Eagle run across in the third on a single up the middle before North Georgia scored the final three in the sixth, two on a Madison Henry single through the left side.
NOTES
– Hammontree and Mixson each finished the day 3-for-7, while Margaret Simmons went 3-for-6.
– The Eagles struck out 18 times in the twinbill while UNG struck out just four times in 14 innings.
NEXT UP
The Nighthawks will take on Wingate tomorrow in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at The Hill.

Smith Named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

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Kylee Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of North Georgia senior softball player Kylee Smith was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week Wednesday afternoon, the association announced.

Smith, who is capturing her fourth NFCA weekly honor, was dominant in No. 9 North Georgia’s trip to Florida. The senior righty posted a 3-0 mark with three one-hit shutouts and 45 strikeouts in 23 innings of work against Sunshine State Conference opponents. Against Nova Southeastern, she fanned a season-high 16 with one walk. Prior to that, Smith sat down 15 Barry Buccaneers without issuing a free pass. Her third shutout came in the trip’s finale at Palm Beach Atlantic in which Smith struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. For the week, the 17-time Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week posted a 0.00 ERA and held her opposition to a .054 batting average.

The Nighthawks will be back in action Saturday against No. 7 Lincoln Memorial at 1 p.m.

Nighthawks split twinbill with Nova Southeastern

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 Kylee Smith

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Kylee Smith threw another one-hitter, fanning 16 batters along the way, as the No. 12 University of North Georgia softball team split a Friday night doubleheader with Nova Southeastern. Along the way, Smith struck out her 1,000th career batter.

GAME ONE – UNG 2, NSU 0

Smith struck out the first five batters she faced as both pitchers fooled batters through the first three innings. North Georgia finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth, taking advantage of a Shark error to take the 1-0 lead.

UNG doubled its lead in the next inning, using another Nova Southeastern error to push the lead to 2-0. That proved to be enough for the Nighthawks as Smith fanned six of the last nine outs to improve to 7-1.

GAME TWO – NSU 2, UNG 1

North Georgia got on the board early in the nightcap off a Kaylee Womack single that scored Mariah Wicker. The Sharks answered in the third inning, scoring on a squeeze bunt to tie the game up, 1-1.

Nova Southeastern scored the game winner in the sixth inning on an infield single. The Nighthawks were shut down in the batter’s box in the final innings, failing to find a base runner in the final three innings.

NOTES
– Smith gave up just one hit and one walk along the way.
– Womack was 2-for-6 in the twinbill.

NEXT UP
UNG will battle against Palm Beach Atlantic on Sunday with first pitch of the doubleheader at noon.

 

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UNG sweeps twinbill, Kylee Smith tosses no-hitter

Sports, Team FYN Sports, University of North Georgia

Kylee Smith

DAHLONEGA – With an 8-0 win in the opener, the University of North Georgia softball team claimed the 1000th program win and followed it up with No. 1001 in a 4-0 win over Southern Wesleyan to complete the doubleheader sweep Thursday at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium at Cottrell Park.
GAME ONE
Kylee Smith tossed a no-hitter, striking out 12 along the way as North Georgia cruised to the five-inning win. Margaret Simmons got things started with a double down the line in left in the second to plate the go-ahead run. Simmons then scored from second on a Cheyanne Mosteller sacrifice bunt to put UNG up, 2-0.
The Nighthawks scored four more in the third, starting by walking in a run and scoring on a fielder’s choice. After adding a run on a passed ball, Mosteller doubled to score the fourth run of the frame. The top of the lineup got into the scoring column in the fourth on a Kaylyn Anthony RBI double and a Jenna Goodrich RBI single to push the game to the eight-run margin.
Smith won her 100th game of her career, improving to 3-1 on the year. She only threw 65 pitches in the contest.
GAME TWO
The Nighthawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, pushing across a run in each of the first three innings. In the first, Shelby Hammontree doubled down the left field line to plate Mariah Wicker. In the second, Kaylee Womack earned a RBI single before Wicker homered to left center in the third.
North Georgia scored the final run of the game in the sixth inning on a passed ball. Southern Wesleyan got their first hit of the twinbill in the fifth inning and got two runners on before Laken Chambers got out of the jam.
Chambers earned her first win of the season, giving up just two hits while striking out two.

NOTES
– North Georgia started play in softball in 1997. The Nighthawks claimed 1000 wins in just over 23 seasons.

– Wicker and Simmons both went 2-for-4 with three runs scored on the day.

NEXT UP
North Georgia hosts the Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic this weekend with play starting tomorrow at noon. UNG plays for the first time in the tournament Saturday at noon against Gannon.

Kylee Smith Named Finalist For NFCA/Schutt Sports National Freshman of the Year

University of North Georgia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of North Georgia pitcher Kylee Smith is one of eight finalists selected for the 2017 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year. There is one finalist from each of the eight regions and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 24 at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.

Smith led the Peach Belt Conference with a 31-5 record, 1.18 ERA and 247 strikeouts, while posting eight shutouts, three saves and holding her opponents to a .180 batting average. She garnered first-team All-Peach Belt honors and was named Most Valuable Player of the PBC Tournament.

The Suwanee, Ga. native ranks in the top-10 in Division II in ERA (fourth), wins (fourth) and strikeouts (tenth).

This year’s eight- Wilmington outfielder Rosa’Lynn Burton (East), Charleston catcher Haleigh Christopher (Atlantic), Harding pitcher Autumn Humes (Central), Saint Leo second baseman Kacie Kelly (South), Southern Indiana hurler Jennifer Leonhardt (Midwest), California Baptist outfielder Caitlyn Lloyd (West), North Georgia pitcher Kylee Smith (Southeast) and Colorado Mesa first baseman AnnMarie Torres (South Central) – were all NFCA first-team All-Region selections and include seven league freshmen of the year, two players of the year and one pitcher of the year.

– UNG Athletic Communications

CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS

M: 205-246-4259
Website: UNGAthletics.com | Twitter: @UNG_Nighthawks | #HawkEm

Kylee Smith Named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week

University of North Georgia
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2/14/2017 | Softball

AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of North Georgia freshman pitcher Kylee Smith has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday. Smith is the first Nighthawk to receive a weekly award this season.

The Suwanee native went 3-0 for the Nighthawks over the weekend, striking out 24 in 17 innings of work with a 1.65 earned run average. Smith opened up with a two-hit performance in a 9-1 win over Mars Hill, striking out 12 in six innings of work. The freshman followed that with six strikeouts and one earned run against West Georgia and six more strikeouts with four hits allowed in a second meeting with Mars Hill.

Smith gave up only 12 hits in total with seven walks at the Steak ‘n Shake Classic. She currently leads the PBC in both strikeouts and wins.

– UNG Athletic Communications

CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS

M: 205-246-4259
Website: UNGAthletics.com | Twitter: @UNG_Nighthawks | #HawkEm

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Hartness & Smith Named Top 25 Finalists for National Player of the Year

University of North Georgia
4/27/2017 | Softball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hartness_Smith_Player_of_YearUniversity of North Georgia softball players Stephanie Hartness and Kylee Smith were two of twenty-five student-athletes that were selected as finalists for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on May 24 at the NCAA Division II National Championship banquet in Salem, Virginia.

This group of student-athletes, which includes 2016 recipient Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State University, is represented by 23 different programs and 18 conferences. Sixteen from the original Top-50 “Watchlist” made the cut with the final group consisting of 10 seniors, 11 juniors, two sophomores, one freshman and one graduate student.

Top-ranked Angelo State University and No. 3 University of North Georgia had two selections each. The Great Lakes Valley Conference topped the list with four honorees. The Lone Star Conference led the way with three student-athletes, while the Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference, Peach Belt Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference garnered two nods apiece.

Collecting one plaudit apiece was the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Great American Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Gulf South Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Mountain East Conference, Northeast 10 Conference, Pacific West Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Southern Athletic Conference and Sunshine State Conference.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 11 and the Top 3 on May 17 with the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on Tuesday, May 24 prior to the start of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships.

The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II. North Georgia’s Courtney Poole was the inaugural winner of the award.

Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top 25

Stephanie Adkins* Sr. RHP Saint Leo
Kaitlyn Bannister* Sr. 3B UAH
Janessa Bassett* Jr. OF Dixie State
Erin Boone So. OF Lenoir-Rhyne
Lyndsay Butler* Gr. P/OF Wayne State (Mich.)
Kailyn Campbell* Sr. 1B Central Washington
Maddie Dow Sr 3B/UT Southern Arkansas
Julia Garcia Jr. IF CSU Monterey Bay
Haley Gilham Jr. RHP Chico State
Stephanie Hartness* Sr. OF North Georgia
Haley Hodges* Sr. C Southern Indiana
Brooke Hodgson* Jr. OF Colorado Mesa
Amanda Houck Jr. LHP West Chester
Shea Ibrahim Sr. IF West Texas A&M
Bekah Kastning Sr. OF Hillsdale
Sarah Kennedy* Jr. SS Augustana
Brandy Marlett* Jr. RHP Angelo State
Brenna Martini* Jr. 3B Adelphi
Marissa Monasseri* Jr. C Caldwell
Christa Reisinger* So. OF Truman State
Coley Ries* Sr. RHP Minnesota State
Emmie Robertson* Jr. RHP Pittsburg State
Kylee Smith Fr. RHP North Georgia
Kenedy Urbany* Sr. P Angelo State
Hannah Vet* Jr. RHP W. Va. Wesleyan

* Denotes original Top 50 “Watch List”

– UNG Athletic Communications
CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICSM: 205-246-4259
Website: UNGAthletics.com | Twitter: @UNG_Nighthawks | #HawkEm

Smith named Schutt Sports/NFCA Player of the Year finalist

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ten finalists have been selected for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, and University of North Georgia pitcher Kylee Smith is on the list for a third straight year.

It marks the fifth straight season a student-athlete from North Georgia has been named to the list and the third time for the junior who won the Player of the Year award a year ago. This is the first year that a Pitcher of the Year will be awarded.

Other former Nighthawks that have been on the finalist list include Courtney Poole, who won the inaugural award in 2015, and Stephanie Hartness in 2016.

The two award winners will be announced on May 30 following the conclusion of the Division II Softball Championship.

The 10 finalists includes:

Emily Benson, Sr., First Base, Western Washington University

JoBi Heath, Sr., Third Base, University of Central Oklahoma

Sara Keeny, Sr., Outfield, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Allison Lipovsky, Sr., Pitcher, Grand Valley State University

Callie Nunes, So., Pitcher, Concordia University Irvine

MaKray Odom, Jr., Shortstop, Trevecca Nazarene University

Christa Reisinger, Sr., Outfield, Truman State University

Julia Seader, Sr., Catcher, Long Island University Post

Kylee Smith, Jr., Pitcher, University of North Georgia

Ann Marie Torres, Jr., First Base, Colorado Mesa University

Four Nighthawks Named NFCA All-Region

University of North Georgia
5/10/2017 | Softball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced the 2017 NFCA Division II All-Region teams with the No. 3 University of North Georgia placing five players on the honor roll which was the most in the Southeast and tied for the fifth-highest total of any team in the nation. Kylee Smith, Sydney Sprague and Stephanie Hartness were all named to the first team while Alishia Frierson was tabbed a second team honoree.

The first team All-Region honor is the second consecutive for Hartness as a Nighthawk. The All-Conference first team selection currently leads UNG in batting at .429 and sits atop the Peach Belt Conference in slugging percentage by more than 40 points.

Smith led the Peach Belt in earned run average, strikeouts, and wins en route to a first team All-Conference selection. The freshman, who went is 27-4, was named the PBC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Sprague was a second team All-Conference selection and currently leads the team in homeruns with 13 to go along with her .371 batting average.

Frierson joined Sprague as a second team All-Conference honoree and is the Nighthawks’ second leading hitter with a .382 average with 16 doubles.

This year’s All-Region squads are comprised of 210 student-athletes from 116 programs.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s eight regions with first and second team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division II All-American squads.

The 2017 NFCA Division II All-American teams will be announced on Wednesday, May 24 at the NCAA Division II National Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.

– UNG Athletic Communications

CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS

M: 205-246-4259
Website: UNGAthletics.com | Twitter: @UNG_Nighthawks | #HawkEm

Kylee Smith Named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of North Georgia freshman right hander Kylee Smith has been named the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced on Wednesday. It is the first national honor for the Suwanne native.

Smith, who was an All-State pitcher at North Gwinnett High School a year ago, has busted on to the collegiate scene in impressive fashion with an 11-1 record thus far. She’s collected 91 strikeouts in just 76.1 innings pitched while allowing only 53 hits. Her strikeout and win totals both lead the Peach Belt Conference and her 0.92 earned run average is second best in the league.

“We’re very excited and proud of Kylee and the way she’s performed thus far this season,” head coach Mike Davenport said. “She joins a prestigious group of UNG pitchers that have earned many honors on the national level throughout the years and we hope she continues to carry that torch throughout her four years in Dahlonega.”

Last week at the Diamond9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida, Smith went 3-0 in the circle for the fourth-ranked Nighthawks, including a complete game two-hit shutout of Spring Hill, marking the first time the Badgers had been shutout this season. The freshman went the distance again on Sunday picking up the win against No. 8 Saint Leo allowing just five hits without surrendering an earned run. She also earned her first career save, coming in to close the door in Saturday’s win over Eckerd.

This marks the second consecutive week that a freshman from the Peach Belt Conference has won the honor as Flagler’s Ally Marcano was tabbed NFCA National Pitcher of the Week just seven days ago. It is also the third straight year that UNG has had a player named National Pitcher of the Week by the NFCA as former All-American Courtney Poole was honored twice last season and once in 2015.

The Nighthawks will return to action at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium on Friday, March 3, hosting Lincoln Memorial in a doubleheader that is set for a 1 p.m., start.

– UNG Athletic Communications

CHAD HAYNIE // Director of Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS

M: 205-246-4259
Website: UNGAthletics.com | Twitter: @UNG_Nighthawks | #HawkEm

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