Smith’s no-hitter highlights doubleheader sweep

The UNG softball team swept Augusta University behind two dominant pitching performances including a no-hitter thrown by Sophomore Kylee Smith, Saturday in Dahlonega, resulting in 6-0 and 4-0 victories.

In game one, sophomore pitcher Smith tossed her second career no-hitter, while also managing to strike out 15 Augusta batters. Smith was quick to credit catcher Shelby Hammontree for helping to steal some calls from the Jaguar hitters.

Kylee Smith pitching to catcher Shelby Hammontree in-between innings. (Photo by Jake Cantrell)

“Its definitely a team effort,” Smith said. “Shelby got me a lot of those strikes and saved a lot of those strike outs.”

Offense came early to help the pitching as Alishia Frierson sent her fifth home run of the season over the right-center field wall to put the Nighthawks up 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning. A base hit by Hobby Gregory would provide some insurance later in the frame to make the score 3-0 heading into the third inning.

The Nighthawk offense didn’t stop, scoring two more runs in the third by way of a Frierson single and a defensive error by the Jaguars second basemen. Kaylyn Anthony doubled home a run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 6-0 in favor of the home side.

The 6-0 lead would prove to be more than enough for Smith as she continued her dominant performance to earn her second career no-hitter for UNG. Smith’s first no-hitter came earlier this season against Wingate University.

The Nighthawk offense was able to continue scoring runs quick, tallying two runs in the bottom of the second off a two-run home run by Jordan Deep to make the score 2-0.

Amber Johns focuses before facing a batter during her shutout of Augusta University. (Photo by Drew Hubbard)

The pitching remained dominant through an exceptional performance from sophomore pitcher Amber Johns who blanked the Jaguar offense with seven scoreless innings pitched.

“Kylee and Amber are our two-headed monster right now,” head coach Mike Davenport said. “They understand the college game at the Division II level. I think that is playing into their success.”

North Georgia hitters gave Johns more insurance in the bottom of the third coming off a RBI triple from sophomore Lexi Duncan to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Nighthawks. Brittany Gilliam concluded scoring for the afternoon with a run scoring single to ensure the sweep for UNG.

The two wins for North Georgia continued a dominant 8-0 conference record in the PBC.

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