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North Georgia captures first national title

2015 Division II Softball

When University of North Georgia head coach Mike Davenport learned where the 2015 NCAA Division II Softball Championship would be held, he was ecstatic. Davenport envisioned a trip to Oklahoma City – the mecca of college softball – and a chance to show off his team to family and friends.

When the Nighthawks punched their ticket to Oklahoma City, he had earned his dream trip. But the storybook ending didn’t have a storybook beginning.  

In North Georgia’s first game of the Division II Softball Championship, the Nighthawks were shut out by the University of Indianapolis. Greyhound pitcher Morgan Foley tossed a no-hitter, sending the Nighthawks to the losers bracket after game one.

After the loss, a tall task awaited – the Nighthawks would have to beat four consecutive opponents to earn a national championship. They defeated St. Mary’s University (Texas), Adelphi University, Shorter University and, ultimately, Dixie State University in the championship final.

“They did it the hard way,” Davenport said. “They dug in feet first and came through the losers bracket, and beat four great teams that could’ve easily won a national title.”