No. 9 North Georgia salvages 13 hitless innings for split with USC-Aiken
AIKEN, S.C. -- No. 9 North Georgia was able to tally only a pair of hits during 14 innings but was able to salvage a Peach Belt Conference split at South Carolina-Aiken on Sunday morning. USCA's India Kornegay tossed a no-hitter in the Pacers' 5-1 victory in the opener but North Georgia responded with a late run to secure a 1-0 win in the nightcap.
Kornegay got off to a rough start in the first game, loading the bases with a pair of hit batters before getting an out. An RBI groundout by Ansley Phillips scored Taylor Anne Merritt for the game's first run. However, Kornegay settled down, striking out a batter and forcing a groundout to end the threat in the top of the first.
USCA (21-10, 4-4 PBC) scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to give Kornegay all the support she needed as she allowed just one more base runner the remainder of the contest.
The Pacers padded their lead in the sixth with another run. For the game, Kornegay struck out eight and walked two without giving up a hit. It was her third no-hitter of the season.
Courtney Poole suffered the loss to fall to 12-7 on the season. She struck out three but allowed nine hits.
In the second contest, neither team managed to get a hit until the fifth inning.
North Georgia struck for a run in the top of the sixth. The two-out rally was fueled by a double by Phillips. Brooke Herkel pinch ran for Phillips and moved to third on a passed ball. Tiffanie Burns singled up the middle plating Herkel for the game winner. The two hits in the frame marked the only hits on the afternoon for the UNG offense.
Victoria Sink upped her record to 13-1 with a complete game in which she allowed only one hit while striking out three. She allowed just two Pacer base runners.