NCAA Softball: No. 1 Softball Cruises Past Coker, 6-0, in NCAA Southeast Regional

NCAA Softball: No. 1 Softball Cruises Past Coker, 6-0, in NCAA Southeast Regional

DAHLONEGA - A bases-clearing double by Brittany Gilliam in the fourth inning put the exclamation mark on a 6-0 win for the No. 1 University of North Georgia softball team as the Nighthawks advanced to the Southeast Regional 1 championship game Saturday by defeating Coker Friday afternoon.

The Nighthawks got on the board in the second inning off a Shelby Hammontree single up the middle to put UNG up, 1-0. After Kylee Smith sat down the Cobras in order in the bottom of the second, North Georgia jumped back on the scoreboard with a two-RBI single by Kaylyn Anthony.

The Nighthawks went on to load the bases in the fourth inning with two outs for Gilliam to put a double down the right field line to plate all three Nighthawks and give North Georgia the six-run win.

Kylee Smith (32-1) threw six innings of two-hit softball and struck out eight without surrendering a walk.

- The Nighthawks are now 58-2 on the year, continuing to set the new single-season mark for wins.

- Seven Nighthawks recorded hits on the day, led by Gilliam and Hammontree each going 2-for-4 at the plate.

- North Georgia will play in the regional final tomorrow for the 10th time in school history.

- Eighth-seeded King staved off elimination twice, defeating fifth-seeded Queens, 4-2, in 10 innings before downing Coker, 2-0, in the final game of the day.

The Nighthawks will take on King tomorrow afternoon at noon in game six of the regional. The Tornado must win twice to advance out of the regional, while UNG needs just one win to advance to the Super Regional.