May 22, 2009

Courtesy of WVIAC Athletics

SALEM, Va. - No. 1 ranked North Georgia (50-3) advanced in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship with a 3-2 come from behind victory over number four ranked Angelo State (49-9) in eleven innings at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, VA.

Game five of the tournament was scoreless for the first ten innings as Angelo State's Chelsea Nelson and North Georgia's Sarah Phillips continued to put zeroes on the scoreboard.  Through the first five innings of the contest, neither team could muster more than one base runner.  North Georgia had a good shot to end the game in the bottom of the seventh.  They loaded the bases with no one out.  Nelson then got a fly out, a ground out back to the circle and a line out to shortstop to end the inning.

Both teams found their offense in the eleventh inning.  After a groundout to open the inning, Alix Dean singled with one out. Megan Pumphrey was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.  Jasmaine Moore pinch ran for Dean at second base. April Haywood singled in the first run of the game with a base hit that went through the left side of the infield.  Nicole Smith followed with a single to put the Rambelles up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh.

North Georgia, who won their game yesterday in extra innings, continued their flair for the dramatic with another last inning win.  Pilar Harden opened the inning reaching on an error.  Hilary Cox singled to put runners at first and second with no one out.  Stephanie Farmakis walked to load the bases.  Kayla Martin reached on a fielders choice which forced out Harden at the plate.  Kaelin Farrington then tied the game with a two run single.  Laura Voyles reached on an error which scored Farrington to end the game.

Sarah Phillips improved to 39-1 on the season.  She went all 11 innings, giving up 11 hits.  She struck out 12 and walked 2.  Chelsea Nelson was the hard luck loser, falling to 31-5 on the season.  She gave up 2 earned runs, 4 hits and struck out 4 while walking 6.  Sarah DeMoss had three hits, while Alix Dean and April Haywood had two hits each for Angelo State.  Kaelin Farrington had two of North Georgia's four hits.

North Georgia advances to the finals of bracket one where they will play in game 11 at 12 PM on Sunday.  Angelo State falls into the loser's bracket where they will take on the winner of the Winona State/LeMoyne in game 10 of the tournament on Saturday at 6 PM.