LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of North Georgia softball team has been named the No. 1 team in the nation by the NFCA Wednesday.
North Georgia captured 12 first place votes, rising one spot from last week’s poll. Texas A&M – Commerce took the remaining four first place votes and sit six points back of UNG in the poll. Augustana, Lincoln Memorial and Rollins round out the top five.
Upcoming opponents for the Nighthawks that are also in the poll include No. 15 Young Harris and No. 25 UAH, while Auburn Montgomery is receiving votes.
North Georgia will take the field on Monday, March 22, to open Peach Belt play at Flagler.
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.
Kylee Smith (3-0) earned the win, fanning 10 in a complete game effort.
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.
– 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.
The Nighthawks will take on Wingate tomorrow in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at The Hill.
Cheyanne Mosteller had the game-winning homer in the opening game of the day and walked off the final game of the weekend as the No. 7 University of North Georgia (UNG) softball team swept the final day of the Captain D’s Surf ‘n Turf Classic on Sunday, March 8, in Dahlonega.
GAME ONE – UNG 2, TAMUK 1 (9 inn.)
Kaylyn Anthony got North Georgia on the board in the second inning with a RBI single up the middle that scored Janie Henderson and gave the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead. Texas A&M – Kingsville finally got on the board in the seventh, scoring on a double to the gap in left center to tie the game and send it to extras.
Mosteller hit her first home run as a Nighthawk in the top of the ninth to give UNG the lead, and from there, Kylee Smith shut down the Javelinas to earn the win.
Smith finished the game with five strikeouts, giving up just one run off seven hits.
GAME TWO – UNG 3, UWP 2
Wisconsin Parkside was the first on the scoreboard in the final game of the weekend, hitting a solo homer in the top of the first, but North Georgia answered with a Haylee Womack RBI double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game back up, 1-1. A RBI single by Shelby Hammontree in the fourth pushed UNG out in front, but this time it was the Rangers who answered, scoring off a Nighthawks error to tie the game at 2-2.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Nighthawks got Madison Henry on base and, after pinch running with Mallory Parker, Mosteller brought her home on a double to the wall in left center to walk off the weekend.
Abbie Crawford (5-1) got the win in relief, pitching 1.1 innings of shutout softball, giving up just one hit.
– Mosteller finished the day 3-for-7 at the plate. Womack was 3-for-6 on the day.
– The Nighthawks finish the Captain D’s Classic 4-0, marking the second straight year UNG finish the tournament unbeaten.
North Georgia will open Peach Belt play Saturday, March 14, when they take on Francis Marion at home. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished as runner-up in the region 7 3A championship after falling short in a double header on Wednesday night.
The Lady Indians faced off against region opponent East Hall. The top-two teams in their region battled earlier in the season at Lumpkin County. The Vikings defeated the Lady Indians at home in the regular season game, and the latter was looking for the opposite to happen at East Hall.
It is a rivalry that many hoped would end with a comeback for the Lady Indians, but unfortunately ended with the Vikings on top 6-1 in the first game and 16-0 in the second.
Lumpkin County played solid defense in the first game
The Vikings jumped ahead with an early lead after their first at bat. Macy Banks, starting pitcher for East Hall, hit a single to right field. Her teammate Abigail Brown put the ball into play immediately after, giving the Vikings time to score and get on the board first.
During Viking Callie Dale’s turn at bat, the ball got past Lady Indians catcher Natalie Schubert and East Hall got their second run. Dale followed with a double, and the Vikings gained their third run. The Lady Indians defense kicked in, and a great play by second baseman Alyssa Pulley got the third out.
For several innings neither team scored as the others defense went to work. Natalie Robinson took the mound for the Lady Indians and pitched six innings.
The highlight of the Lady Indians offense came in the top of the fourth inning. Third baseman Lauren English stepped up to bat, and launched an out of the park home run to left field. As she rounded the bases, her teammates came onto the field to greet her at home plate.
Several other great offensive moments for the Lady Indians included two singles by Alyssa Pulley and a single by Natalie Schubert.
Despite Lumpkin County’s best efforts, the Vikings scored three more runs to extend their lead. A couple of walks and a single by Viking Grace Smith put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Indians held the Vikings from scoring more runs for a couple more innings by playing great defense. A great running catch by left fielder AK Wilson turned into a double play after she threw the ball to Alyssa Pulley at first.
The final run of the game for the Vikings came after a single by Gracie Ausborn to clinch the first win 6-1.
Lady Indians offense struggled in second game
The Vikings again jumped ahead with an early lead after back to back singles to start the second game. They
also scored eight runs over a lengthy eighth inning that secured them the lead.
Although they battled for hits during each at bat, the Lady Indians were unable to score.
English took the mound as the starting pitcher for Lumpkin County, and pitched a total of three innings. Emmie Graham came in at the top of the fourth and pitched one inning.
The final score was 16-0.
The Lady Indians are officially the second seed heading into playoffs for the state championship. They will host the third seed from region 5 3A on Wednesday, October 9th.
5/15/2018 | Softball
DAHLONEGA – The No. 1 University of North Georgia softball team will take on rival Young Harris in the NCAA Division II Southeast Super Regional Thursday and Friday at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium for a chance to continue the road to a National Championship in Salem, Virginia.
The Nighthawks breezed through Southeast Regional 1 last weekend, outscoring opponents by a score of 20-3 on the weekend. North Georgia has hosted four straight Super Regionals headed into the weekend and has never played in a Super Regional away from the Hill.
Young Harris needed the “if necessary” game to advance out of Southeast Regional 2 in Hickory, North Carolina, after No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne came out of the consolation bracket and forced the seventh game. The Mountain Lions are playing in their first Super Regional in program history.
The two rivals split their regular season series with YHC taking a 4-3 first game before the Nighthawks stormed back to win, 8-4, in game two.
The series will start on Thursday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Game two will be played at noon on Friday with the third game of the best-of-three series to be played at 2:30 p.m. Friday if both teams split the first two games. Daily general admission is $10 for adults (over 17) and $5 for students (age 8-17), while children under seven are admitted for free. Students of participating schools can pay the student rates by providing a valid student ID.
A couple of hits for the Panthers and mistakes from the Lady Indians allowed Union County to get on the board first at Tuesday night’s game. Although both teams played a solid game, in a theme that seems to be recurrent for the Lady Indians this season, Lumpkin started to come back in the bottom of the fifth for an overall 5-4 victory.
The first couple of innings displayed the defensive strength of both teams. Both teams put the ball into play during their first at-bats, but couldn’t get anything on the board before the other would get the third out. The Lady Indians defense had an especially great three up, three down for the top of the second inning.
Union County starting pitcher Megan Bright pitched a total of four strikeouts after 4 2/3 innings. Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson stayed in the entire game and pitched a great six innings with two strikeouts.
Runners started to score for Union in the top of the fourth after a double by center fielder Mary Wischmeyer. A single to right field by third baseman Caley Davis advanced Wischmeyer to third, who was then able to score after the ball got past Lumpkin catcher Natalie Schubert. An error by Lumpkin first baseman Hannah Pulley gave the Panthers time to get another run on the board, as did when the ball got past Schubert again. At the end of the inning the Panthers were ahead 4-0.
The Lady Indians left two stranded in the bottom of the fourth, but fought to keep the Panthers back in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Alyssa Pulley played an exceptional inning defensively, with a pop up catch for the first out, a diving catch for an attempt at the second out, and a running catch to get the third out.
The bats were hot for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the fifth, started off by a single to left field by shortstop Evee Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English followed with a double, and the Lady Indians got their first run of the night. Schubert hit a single to center field for the second run, and first baseman Hannah Pulley drilled a single to the wall at center field to score courtesy runner Kelsey Marshall and right fielder Haley Voyles. When the dust settled at the end of the inning the Lady Indians had tied the game 4-4.
A couple of easy outs kept the Panthers from scoring any more runs in the top of the sixth. When the Lady Indians came back up to bat in the bottom of the inning, English hit another double to bring in a RBI and the final run. The Panthers were unable to get anything else past the Lumpkin defense, and the game ended after the top of the seventh inning.
Lady Indians head coach Joe Jones said of the game, “Offensively we waited a little while to adjust, but we finally got some big hits with runners in scoring position and I’m proud of us for sticking with it.”
The Lady Indians will head to Chestatee tonight for a 5 p.m. game. They will be back home on Thursday to face Chestatee again at 5 p.m.
In one of the most high-energy games this season, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians took on the East Hall Vikings on Tuesday in their second region game of the season. In a sudden turn of events the Vikings pulled ahead to defeat the Lady Indians 13-8.
The Vikings got things started with an out-of-the-park homerun by starting pitcher Macy Banks in the top of the first inning. Banks’s hit was followed by a couple of singles, but the Lady Indians defense got the third out before any more runs could score.
Shortstop Evee Dornhecker hit an incredible out-of-the-park homerun to left field to lead things off for the Lady Indians. Starting pitcher Lauren English followed with a single, and a double by catcher Natalie Schubert lifted the Lady Indians to a 2-1 lead over the Vikings. Designated player Emmie Graham hit the ball to the infield and an error on the Vikings shortstop gave Graham time to reach first. Third baseman Hannah Pulley hit the ball back to the pitcher for the third out, but not before Graham came home to push the Lady Indians lead to 3-1.
A string of singles from Dornhecker, English and first baseman Natalie Robinson extended the Lady Indians lead to 5-1 during their next time to bat. The Vikings responded with another out-of-the-park homerun by Abigail Brown in the top of the third to make the score 5-3.
In the bottom of the third inning another string of singles from the Lady Indians helped to gain another four runs. After a couple of strong defensive innings for both teams the Vikings started to come back in the top of the fifth with a double to the center field wall by Banks. A passed ball for the Lady Indians brought in a run for the Vikings, as did a single. A couple of walked runners increased the Vikings score, and they took the lead after a double to the center field wall by right fielder Callie Dale.
Robinson came in to start pitching for the Lady Indians in the top of the sixth. With a fresh arm on the mound the Lady Indians were able to get quick three outs.
Robinson hit a double in the bottom of the sixth, and was brought home by a double from Schubert. The Lady Indians were looking for a comeback in the seventh, but a rainstorm swept through and made it difficult for them. The Vikings ended up putting another four runs on the board in the top of the seventh making the final score 13-8.
The Lady Indians still walked away with fourteen hits over the course of the game. Starting pitcher Lauren English pitched five innings and Natalie Robinson pitched 1 1/3 inning. Emmie Graham came in at the very end to finish up 2/3 of an inning.
The Lady Indians are now 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in the region. They will travel to Norcross on Thursday to face Greater Atlanta Christian.
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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.
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.
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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