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.
“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.
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.