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NCAA run for King comes to an end against #1 UNG

King Softball

– In a rematch from the opening game of the NCAA Southeast Regional, the King University softball team took on top seed and top-ranked University of North Georgia. The Nighthawks jumped on the eighth seeded Tornado early and used a solid pitching performance, taking the 9-1 win and ending King's season.

THE BASICS

FINAL SCORE: #1/No. 1 North Georgia 9, No. 8 King 1

LOCATION: Haines and Carolyn Hill Stadium; Dahlonega, Ga.

RECORDS: King 36-22; North Georgia 59-2

TIME OF GAME: 1:40

King Starting Lineup

1. Katie McCann – CF

2. Hannah Riddle – RF

3. Kay Brokering – 1B

4. Jenna Burnett – 3B

5. Katelyn Davidson – C

6. Erin Roper – LF

7. Candace Maness – 2B

8. Kaycee Casteel – DP

9. Summer Hayes – SS

Starting Pitcher: RHP Emma Hughes

North Georgia Starting Lineup

1. Sydney Sprague – SS

2. Marley Stowers – 3B

3. Brittany Gilliam – 1B

4. Aishia Frierson – DP

5. Kaylyn Anthony – RF

6. Shelby Hammontree – C

7. Lexi Duncan – LF

8. Jordan Deep – 2B

9. Hobby Gregory – CF

Starting Pitcher: RHP Kylee Smith

KING HIGHLIGHTS

• Davidson ripped a double in the fourth that scored Brokering for King's lone run.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• The Nighthawks got on the board in the second inning with four runs, the final three coming on a three-run home run from Deep.

• North Georgia added another in the third before King got on the board in the fourth.

• Brokering was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Davidson double off the top of the fence in centerfield.

• However, that was the only blemish for Smith in five innings of work.

• The Nighthawks added two runs in each of the final two innings, taking the contest 9-1.

FOR THE FOES

• Frierson had two hits and scored twice while Anthony posted three hits and scored twice.

• Deep drove in three with a home run and Kristen Adkins drive in two on one hit.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Kylee Smith (33-2) 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Losing Pitcher: Emma Hughes (8-9) 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

• The Tornado end the season with a school record 36 wins, breaking the previous record of 34 set in 2012.

• The softball team also became the first King program to win an NCAA Tournament game, winning a pair on Friday to reach the regional final.

• The senior quartet of Riddle, Maness, Hayes and Roper helped the Tornado to back-to-back 30-win season for the second time in program history.

• This group was also integral to the run to the regional championship game for the Tornado.

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