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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Ex-Lee star Aldrich shines in Darton win; ASU softball blown out

Darton's Matthew Aldrich, a former Lee County star, picked up his first win in a Cavs uniform with eight strong innings.

Darton's Matthew Aldrich, a former Lee County star, picked up his first win in a Cavs uniform with eight strong innings.

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Darton baseball coach Scot Hemmings called Matthew Aldrich’s pitching performance Friday “unbelievable.”

The Leesburg native and Darton ace probably had several Chattahoochee Valley Community College hitters muttering the same thing as he allowed just three hits and no runs in eight innings of work to lead the Cavs to a 5-2 victory.

The transfer from Valdosta State also struck out eight and walked one to pick up his first win as a Cav.

“It was a great win,” said Hemmings, whose Cavs are now 4-2. “Aldrich went out and did his thing. He struck out eight and was unbelievable. Our hitters bought into a plan and we stuck to it all game. We laid down five or six bunts and stole bases and had big hits with runners in scoring positing. It was the best offensive game we have had all year.”

Tripp Calhoun went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead Darton at the plate, while Cody Wofford drove in two runs.

Reliever Shawn Thomas gave up two runs in the ninth inning, preventing the Cavs from getting a second straight shutout.

Hemmings evened up his career record to 2-2 against his brother-in-law and longtime Chattahoochee coach Adam Thomas.


ASU hammered by Fla. power Rollins

ALBANY — If the Albany State softball team had never heard of Rollins star Hope Bitzer before Friday, the Lady Rams know everything they need to know now.

Bitzer not only threw a five-inning no-hitter and hit for the cycle in Game 1 — an 11-0 Lady Tars win — but then Rollins rolled in Game 2 of the doubleheader, a 21-1 rout.

Rollins rocked ASU starter Chelsea Hicks in the first game for five hits in the first inning as the Lady Tars went up 3-0 before ASU ever recorded an out. Rollins added to the lead with one more in the third and three more in the fourth, highlighted by a Bitzer two-run bomb. Bitzer’s RBI single in the fifth would complete her cycle after as she had tripled in the first, doubled in the second, and homered in the fourth.

The Lady Rams (2-4) didn’t score a run until the bottom half of the fifth in Game 2 on an RBI single from Hicks that drove in center fielder Adrienne Morris.