DAHLONEGA, Ga. — No. 13 North Georgia got a dominating performance from Melissa Dickie on Thursday night, in a sweep against UNC Pembroke 8-0 and 3-0.
In a game that was postponed from April 3, the Saints (37-7, 11-3 PBC) jumped on the Braves (14-29, 3-13 PBC) in the fourth inning, scoring three runs to blow the lead wide open.
The game was postponed due to heavy rain, and picked up in the top of the fourth inning with North Georgia leading 2-0. The three-run fourth put the Saints on cruise control to win the first game by the eight-run rule.
Dickie (13-0) pitched the final three innings, after Jessica Coan threw the first three innings of the initial scheduled date.
She was outstanding in those three innings, allowing just one hit and not surrendering a run. She struck out four batters and only walked one.
The offense was sparked by Hilary Cox, who finished with a team-high four RBI’s. Cox was 2-for-4 with a double.
Tiffanie Burns hit a two-run home run to blow the game open in the fourth inning. Burns went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored.
Picking up the other two RBI’s for the Saints were Kayla Minger and Rochelle Shuman who also scored a run each.
Karlie Gillam went 2-for-3 for the game.
Dickie didn’t lose a beat in the second game of the doubleheader, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout. Dickie improved her record to a perfect 14-0 on the season as she struck out three and only allowed three base runners.
Gillam hit a towering two-run bomb in the sixth inning to widen the Saints’ lead to 3-0. Gillam finished 1-for-3 with those two RBI’s.
Pilar Harden went a perfect 3-for-3 in the game.
Katherine Martin scored one of the three runs for the Saints as she went 1-for-3 at the dish.
Pinch runner Katie Garrett utilized her speed to score one run in each game.
The win is the Saints’ seventh in a row including three consecutive Peach Belt Conference sweeps.
The pitching continued to dominate, as the North Georgia staff of Melissa Dickie, Jessica Coan and Krysten Connelly have allowed just three runs in their past seven games.