North Georgia wins 1 vs. 2 matchup
Error helps second-ranked Saints rally for seven-run sixth inning
DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- In a battle of the top two ranked teams in the country, North Georgia received the benefit of a key error by No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville as the second-ranked Saints came away with a 8-3 win as part of the Captain D's Classic.
North Georgia (25-3) committed two errors of its own and fell behind 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. That's when the action heated up.
Katherine Martin started the loud inning with a single back up the middle, which was followed by a groundout by Karlie Gillam. The Saints soon put the pressure on the Chargers, drawing back-to-back walks to load the bases.
Callie Fernandez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and did not disappoint. Fernandez hit a bloop-single over the infield, allowing Katie Garrett to come in and score with Sarah Johnson being held up at third.
With the bases still loaded, freshman Tiffanie Burns drew a walk after working the count full, tying the game at 3-3.
After a Katie Block strikeout, the No. 1-ranked Chargers faltered as Gilbert dropped an easy pop-up, allowing two runs to score. Rochelle Shuman then smacked a double to left-center to bring in two more runs, essentially burrying UAH.
Martin came up once again in the inning, and again she came through with a base hit. Martin then lined a single to right field, allowing Shuman to come in and give the No. 2-ranked Saints a surprising five-run lead.
Jessica Coan (15-3) picked up another win for North Georgia, again not allowing an earned run while striking out 11 batters. The senior was hitting her spots against the top-ranked Chargers, limiting them to just three hits.
Burns led the way offensively, going 1 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored. Shuman also had two RBI as she went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Martin finished 2 for 4, with both hits coming at crucial points in the sixth inning.
Alabama-Huntsville (15-4) finished with just three hits and the one game-changing error.