NORTH GEORGIA LEAD THE WAY

The 2nd-ranked North Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Aiken Early Bird Invitational, taking down the University of Charleston in a pitcher's duel, before powering past Chowan in non-conference action.

North Georgia improves to 3-0 on the year and now have a 7-0 record over the last two years at the Aiken Early Bird Tournament. The Saints will go right back to work next weekend, traveling to Columbus State for the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic.

The Saints recorded their second straight win in the opener as Jessica Coan made her North Georgia debut and was every bit as advertised, tossing a complete game two-hit shutout to baffle the Golden Eagle lineup.

North Georgia got their only runs of the game in the third inning as a key Golden Eagle error plated Kasey Knight and Natasha Willemse to give the Saints all the runs they would need.

Charleston's only threat came in the opening inning as the Golden Eagles registered their only two hits and left bases jammed, but Coan coaxed a groundout to get out of the frame unblemished. Coan went the distance for the win, striking out 12 batters and allowing just the two first-inning hits.