Dahlonega, GA – North Greenville softball continued its record breaking season on Thursday afternoon with a 2-1 upset of the first seeded, and third ranked North Georgia Nighthawks in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Squad aces Amanda Coffrin and Kylee Smith battled all afternoon, allowing 10-hits combined in the seven-inning first round game. Coffrin finished with six hits allowed in seven innings of work and just one run. She struck-out one but held the Nighthawks to five runs below their yearly scoring average.
The Night Hawks threatened once in the bottom of the fourth, placing runners on second and third with just one out. Coffrin wiggled out of the jam, securing a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat.
The difference maker came in the fifth inning when Celsea Rivers connected for a two run blast over the left field wall. Rivers blast plated Christie Reilly who reached on a single to right field in the prior at bat.
North Georgia got a little offense in the sixth inning when a leadoff hit came around to score on a two out single, but Coffrin and the NGU defense limited the damage and sat down the Nighthawks in order in the seventh inning to secure the first round upset.
Rivers finished the day with two hits in two appearances and had a game high two runs batted in. Reilly and Kaitlyn Wagers were both1-3. Coffrin earned the win as NGU won its eighth consecutive game including five post-season wins.
The Crusaders will play the winner of game two, Limestone College and Lenoir-Rhyne tomorrow morning at 10:00am.