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Valdosta Upends North Georgia to Advance to Semi-Finals at DII Championships

Game 5 
No. 2 Valdosta State 6, No. 1 North Georgia 1 | Box Score 

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Second-ranked Valdosta State spoiled No. 1 North Georgia's hopes for an undefeated season on Friday, as the Blazers toppled the previously undefeated Saints, 6-1, in the first of two winner's brackets games at the 2010 NCAA Division II Championships at Heritage Park in St. Joseph. 

North Georgia was first on the board in the contest when senior Lauren Voyles, who reached via a walk, stole home to put her team on top, 1-0. 

However, the Saints (51-1) would not hold on to the lead for long as the Blazers went on to score six unanswered runs with one in the second, four in the third and one in the sixth. 

The scoring began for the Blazers (50-8) in the second inning on a single from freshman Sarah Vaughn that scored pinch runner Ariel Shaw. 

Valdosta scored the game-winning run as a part of its big third inning when sophomore Marti Littlefield drove a single up the middle that scored junior Melessa Jackson. Senior Stephanie Carlson and sophomore Collete Rollins also drove in runs in the inning with a double and a single, respectively. 

The scoring was capped in the sixth inning when Valdosta pinch runner Amy Brightwell scored on error by North Georgia's Katherine Martin. 

Catcher Alyssa Shirey, also a first-team All-American selection, was perfect from the dish in the contest, going 2-for-2 with a run and two walks. 

Valdosta managed eight hits off of North Georgia's 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American pitcher Sarah Phillips, with only one of the eight going for extra bases. 

Phillips was issued the loss in the contest as she gave up five earned runs with four strikeouts and three walks. 

Getting the win for the Blazers was junior Holly Satterfield who went 6.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run off of three hits with eight strikeouts. 

Valdosta will now advance to the semi-finals on Sunday where it will take on either Molloy, No. 6 Bloomsburg, No. 3 Hawaii Pacific or No. 19 Angelo State at 12 p.m. CDT. Next up for North Georgia will be an elimination game at 5 p.m. CDT on Saturday where they will meet the winner of the earlier 12 p.m. CDT game between No. 4 Metro State and No. 7 Wayne State (MI).