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UNG Athletics prepares for post-season play

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It's been a stellar week for athletics at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Two teams have secured berths in NCAA Division II tournaments and two teams also claimed Peach Belt Conference (PBC) titles.

The UNG softball team earned both achievements simultaneously by winning its second-straight PBC Tournament Championship on April 26 with a 2-0 win over second-seeded Georgia College. With the win, UNG earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament and will enter the tourney with a 45-8 record. The team will find out its slot in the NCAA DII Tournament bracket on the selection show at 10 a.m. May 4 on NCAA.com.

Two UNG softball players, Kim McMillan and Courtney Poole, have made the list of top 10 finalists for the Schutt Sports NFCA Division II National Player of the Year Award; three finalists will be announced May 14.

On April 28, UNG's nationally ranked men's tennis team was selected for participation in the nine-team NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The NCAA postseason appearance is the third in the past four years for the Nighthawks. The fifth-seeded Nighthawks (14-5) will face fourth-seeded Columbus State (17-5) on May 3 in Savannah. UNG finished the regular season with a 14-5 overall record and tied a school record for single-season victories, and set a new benchmark for single-season conference wins.

Also on April 26, the nationally ranked UNG baseball team claimed the 2015 Peach Belt Conference regular season championship with a 5-3 win over Montevallo at Bob Stein Stadium. The PBC conference title is the first in school history for the Nighthawks, who improve to 33-13 with the win. The Nighthawks will take the top seed into the PBC Tournament to be held May 9-10 in Columbus, Georgia, but first will finish out the regular season while hosting Emmanuel College on May 2-3.

Also this week, the baseball team landed seven athletes on the PBC All-Academic Team. The All-Academic team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.

Additionally, the men's golf team has been named the 2014-15 recipient of the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award; the conference presents one such award for each of its 15 championship sports. The award is selected by the other conference teams in that sport.

To follow UNG's teams, visit ungathletics.com or find UNG Athletics on social media.

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