NCAA Softball: Flagler Takes Advantage of North Georgia Errors, Win Game One 8-2
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Flagler College sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning and took advantage of four errors en route to an 8-2 win over No. 11 North Georgia College & State University in the first game of the best-of-three series in the NCAA Division II Southeast Super Regional Friday night at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium in Dahlonega.
Flagler won its fourth game in a row and improved to 38-17 overall. North Georgia fell to 48-9.
Tori Jolley led off the third with a base hit through the left side. Sarah Albino came on to pinch run and took second when Marissa Blake hit a grounder to North Georgia shortstop Tiffanie Burns. She booted the grounder and everyone was safe. Lauren Roudabush followed with another grounder to short, but Burns bobbled the ball and then threw the ball away allowing Albino to score. Two batters later, Robyn Draper’s grounder found Burns who committed her fourth error of the inning and Flagler took a 3-0 lead. Alona Personius added an RBI single and Laure Bessent hit a two-run single up the middle to put Flagler ahead 6-0.
Draper added a two-run triple in the fourth to push the lead to 8-0.
North Georgia tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth to avoid the mercy rule and plated one more in the sixth.
Donna Munafo (20-5) tossed five innings, scattered five hits and allowed one run to earn the victory. Katie Enright finished the last two innings and allowed two hits and one run.
Lauren Ely collected a pair of singles and scored a run. Marissa Blake singled and scored two runs while Draper and Bessent knocked in two runs apiece.
Jessica Coan (25-8) went the distance and surrendered nine hits and two earned runs.
Karlie Gillam collected two singles for North Georgia. Kayla Minger also singled twice and drove in a run.
The two teams will meet at 2 p.m. tomorrow (May 12). Should North Georgia win the first game, the two teams will meet again at 4:30 p.m. to decide the series winner and advance to the NCAA Division II Softball Championships May 16-19 at Louisville, Ky.
NOTE: The 8-2 loss by North Georgia at home was its worst loss at home since losing to Alabama-Huntsville 9-1 on Mar. 13, 2011. Flagler is now 2-10 all-time vs. North Georgia and have won the last two games in the series. Tonight’s win at Dahlonega was the first time a Flagler team has won at North Georgia in five games.