UNG season ends in NCAA semifinals

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DENVER – The No. 18 University of North Georgia softball team saw the 2022 season come to a close Sunday night in the national semifinals, falling twice to Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The Toros got on the board first in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs off a pair of RBI singles to take a 3-0 lead. North Georgia answered in the bottom half as Jaycie Michael scored on a wild pitch to cut into the lead.

North Georgia had their big inning in the third as Mallory Parker forced a Toro error that scored a pair of runs to tie the game. Two batters later, Michael came through with a RBI triple and then scored on the throw in to the pitcher to give UNG its first lead of the day. The inning was capped by a RBI groundout that pushed the lead to 6-3.

Cal State Dominguez Hills responded in the fourth, tying the game on a RBI double and RBI single before the Toros scored a pair in the top of the seventh to take game one.

The Toros again struck first, plating a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single, but the Nighthawks responded with a Madi Perry infield single in the second that tied the game. UNG took the lead in the second inning on a Hannah Forehand sacrifice fly, but CSUDH answered in the fourth, taking the lead on a RBI single before a three-run homer pushed the Toro lead to 6-2.

Georgia Blair started to cut into the lead in the sixth with a two-run blast, but the Toros found another run in the bottom in the sixth off a RBI double, extending the lead to 7-4. North Georgia scored in the seventh on a Forehand RBI single and had the tying run at the plate, but could not push another run across as CSUDH punched their ticket to the championship series starting tomorrow.

– North Georgia finishes the season with a record of 49-18, marking the 12th time in the last 14 years with 40+ wins in a season.

– Perry extended her hitting streak to 13 games, going 3-for-6 in the doubleheader.

– The Nighthawks are national semifinalists for the second consecutive year.



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