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NCAA Div. II Championship: North Georgia Survives Second Extra-Innings Contest

 SALEM, VA – North Georgia played double-digit innings for a second consecutive day and prevailed yet again, defeating Angelo State by a 3-2 margin in 11 innings. 

With the win, North Georgia (50-3) advances to Sunday’s Noon ET semifinal. Angelo State falls to the losers bracket and will face the Winona State-Le Moyne winner at approximately 6 pm on Saturday. 

The game was a pitchers duel for 10 inning, as the teams traded zeroes. Angelo State pitcher Chelsea Nelson worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the scoreless tie. 

In the top of the 11th inning, Angelo State strung together four of its 11 hits in the game to take a 2-0 lead. The rally started with a one-out single from Alix Dean, who advanced to sedcond when Megan Pumphrey was hit by a pitch. Dean was then replaced by pinch runner Jasmaine Moore, who scored from second on an April Haywood single with Pumphrey getting caught in a rundown between second and third base on the play. With two outs and Pumphrey at second, a Sarah DeMoss single scored Pumphrey to give the Rambelles a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 11th inning. 

The Saints started the bottom of the 11th inning as Pilar Harden reached on the fourth Angelo State error of the game. A Hilary Cox single and a walk to Stephanie Farmakis walk gave North Georgia a second bases-loaded situation with no outs. The Rambelles got the first out of the inning on a fielders choice with the out at the plate before a Kaelin Farrington single tied the game at 2-2. A fifth Angelo State error, this time off the bat of Laura Voyles, allowed Farrington to score the game-winning run and give North Georgia the dramatic win. 

Winning pitcher Sarah Phillips from North Georgia improves to 39-1 on the season. She struck out 12 during her 11 innings in the circle, walking two while scattering 11 hits and allowing a pair of earned runs. 

Chelsea Nelson, the hard-luck losing pitcher from Angelo State, falls to 31-5 this season. She struck out four, walking six and allowed just four hits in the game, but was hindered by five errors behind her on the day.