#11 Nighthawks sweep Francis Marion 6-1 and 4-0

#11 Nighthawks sweep Francis Marion 6-1 and 4-0

DAHLONEGA, GA – Senior right-hander Courtney Poole allowed Francis Marion University only nine hits over 14 innings during Sunday's (March 20) Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader as 11th-ranked University of North Georgia swept two games from the Patriots winning 6-1 and 4-0.

Francis Marion (22-12, 5-7) returns home after 10 consecutive road contests to host Mercyhurst University for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m.  The twinbill will be the annual Sea of Red date for 2016.

Senior righty Shelby Kelley (11-10) was the losing pitcher in game one.  She allowed 13 hits and struck out six with no walks.  Two of the runs she allowed were unearned.

FMU tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second when freshman shortstop Taylor Johnson homered to left field.  However, North Georgia re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame, added three runs in the last of third and scored an insurance tally in the fifth.

Junior left fielder Briana Barzola was 2-for-3 in the opener.

The Nighthawks' Courtney Poole improved to 29-1 by tossing a six-hitter in game one and a three-hitter in the second contest. She fanned a total of 13 batters in the two games and did not issue a walk.  Right fielder Stephanie Hartness was 3-for-4 at the plate as the top four North Georgia batters combined to go 8-for-16 in game one.

FMU sophomore right-hander Samantha Wroblewski (11-2) saw her 11-game winning streak snapped in the second contest.  She surrendered eight hits, while walking one and striking out two.

North Georgia (30-5, 8-0) scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by catcher Jessica Finch.  The Nighthawks added three insurance runs in the sixth.

Barzola added another hit in game two, while senior first baseman Mykah Nevin was 2-for-3.

#11 North Georgia 6, Francis Marion 1 (Mar 20, 2016 at Dahlonega, Ga.) (Game 1)
Francis Marion...... 010 000 0 -  1  6  1      (22-11, 5-6 PBC)
North Georgia....... 113 010 X -  6 13  0      (29-5, 7-0 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Shelby Kelley and Chelsea Welty. North Georgia - Courtney Poole and Jessica Finch.
Win-Courtney Poole (28-1)  Loss-Shelby Kelley (11-10)  T-1:42  A-202
HR FMU_SB - Taylor Johnson (2).
Weather: Cloudy, 48, Wind NW 6 mph


#11 North Georgia 4, Francis Marion 0 (Mar 20, 2016 at Dahlonega, Ga.) (Game 2)
Francis Marion...... 000 000 0 -  0  3  0      (22-12, 5-7 PBC)
North Georgia....... 000 103 X -  4  8  2      (30-5, 8-0 PBC)
Pitchers: Francis Marion - Samantha Wroblewski and Chelsea Welty. North Georgia - Courtney Poole and Jessica Finch.
Win-Courtney Poole (29-1)  Loss-Samantha Wroblewski (11-2)  T-1:28  A-217
Weather: Cloudy, 50, Wind W 7 mph