UNG sweeps Southern Indiana in softball

Press Release
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.
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.
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.
– 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.

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