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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball picks up win No. 2; ASU men, Darton women's hoops both win Saturday

Darton freshman Tyler Oglesby threw seven innings and allowed just five hits and one earned run in the Cavs’ 3-1 win against Gulf Coast State College on Saturday.

Darton freshman Tyler Oglesby threw seven innings and allowed just five hits and one earned run in the Cavs’ 3-1 win against Gulf Coast State College on Saturday.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — First it was former Lee County star Matthew Aldrich. Then it was freshman Tyler Oglesby.

Darton’s top two starting pitchers can pack quite the punch, and the duo has led the Cavs to a 2-0 start to the 2012 season.

One day after Aldrich, the team’s ace who transferred to Darton from Valdosta State this past offseason, was solid on the mound in Darton’s victory against Wallace State Hanceville, Oglesby threw seven innings and allowed just five hits and one earned run in the Cavs’ 3-1 win against Gulf Coast State College on Saturday.

“He commanded and managed the game,” Darton first-year coach Scot Hemmings said about the freshman from Savannah, who was relieved by fellow freshman Shawn Thomas in the eighth inning.

Thomas recorded the six-out save and picked up three strikeouts to ensure Darton’s three runs on just five hits held up against a talented Gulf Coast squad.

“The biggest thing I saw was that our guys played hard and played smart, and we got three runs because we played the game the right way,” Hemmings said. “I’m very happy where we are two games into the season. The only frustration is that we left five to six guys in scoring position. We had a chance to blow it open if we had one hit here or one hit there.”

Davis Knapp and Bryant Alonso were both 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Kevin Manos was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.

The Cavs finish up their three-game schedule in Panama City with a matchup today against Central Alabama, which is also 2-0 with wins against Meridian (Miss.) and Gordon College. Freshman right hander Ryan Lemonds will be on the mound today for Darton.


ASU MEN ROLL VS. MOREHOUSE:

ALBANY — Two straight home losses had Albany State men’s basketball coach Chris Cameron searching for a much-needed win.

With a road trip to Clark Atlanta on Tuesday looming, the Rams avoided a three-game losing streak with a 68-59 win Saturday against Morehouse, which improved ASU’s record to 8-8 overall and 7-7 in the conference.

“This gives us some momentum for the road trip,” Cameron said. “We executed a lot better on offense, which is something we haven’t done a good job of in the last two games. It was good to see them execute.”

Jaren Harris led the Rams with 15 points, but it was a team effort as 10 different players scored, including Joshua Alford and Demarcus Blunt, who had 13 and 10 points, respectively.

“That’s the kind of team we have,” Cameron said. “We have a team full of guys who can put the ball in the basket.”

The Rams trailed for much of the first half before closing the gap and eventually taking a 31-28 lead into halftime. ASU then outscored Morehouse (3-12, 3-10), 37-31, in the second half to win its first home game since Jan. 7.


DARTON WOMEN EDGE CENTRAL GEORGIA TECH:

MACON --- Michelle Mitchell tied a season-high with 27 points Saturday as Darton held on to win and improve its conference record to 8-3.

“We played hard for 40 minutes and just pulled it out,” Darton coach Lea Henry said.

Lauren Johnson and Christina Brown each added 12 as Darton gets set to host Middle Georgia — which beat the Lady Cavs at their place earlier this season by three points — on Tuesday.