DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Despite out-hitting No. 17 North Georgia in the first game of Sunday afternoon's Peach Belt Conference doubleheader, the Lander softball team dropped both games to the Nighthawks at Hill Stadium. UNG won the first game, 3-2, and the second, 9-1, in six innings.
The Nighthawks improve to 33-9 overall and 13-4 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 15-27, (5-13).
In the first game, the Nighthawks' Kylee Smith (19-3) earned the victory after striking out five and allowing two runs on six hits in the complete seven innings.
McKenzi Ferguson (10-12) suffered the loss with three strikeouts and three earned runs in six innings.
North Georgia went up 2-0 in the first inning on Kaylyn Anthony's two-run homer, but Lander rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth when Dariean Ward singled home Kelli McCormack and Chandler Carey.
The Nighthawks took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run from Jordan Deep.
In the second game, UNG's Amber Johns (8-2) allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout and one walk in 5.0 innings of work.
The Bearcats' Brianna Surrento (3-12) took the loss after striking out four, walking one and allowing six earned runs on eight hits in four innings.
Lander took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Surrento, but the Nighthawks answered with RBI doubles from Alishia Frierson and Anthony and a RBI groundout from Deep to go ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the first.
North Georgia extended the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Stephanie Hartness singled home a pair of runs and then scored on a single from Frierson.
The Nighthawks continued the scoring in the fifth on a two-run single from Sydney Sprauge. UNG tacked on its final run in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the 9-1 win.
The Bearcats' Melanie Davis belted a two-run homer to left field in the seventh to finalize the scoring at 7-3.
Surrento had two hits for Lander.