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LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK/ROUNDUP: Darton softball sweeps Wallace Dothan, moves to 20-1

Darton’s Jessica Vason, center, is congratulated by her teammates after blasting the first of her two home runs she belted out of the park in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader sweep of Wallace Dothan in Albany. (David Mann/Darton College)

Darton’s Jessica Vason, center, is congratulated by her teammates after blasting the first of her two home runs she belted out of the park in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader sweep of Wallace Dothan in Albany. (David Mann/Darton College)

ALBANY — The Darton College softball team swept Wallace Dothan (Ala.) on Thursday in a doubleheader at home — 9-0 in Game 1 and 9-4 in Game 2 — pushing the program to its 20th win in only the first month of its spring season.

Despite 8th-place finish at most recent golf tourney, NCAA coaches give GSW No. 1 votes

AMERICUS — NCAA coaches are taking notice of the Hurricanes’ rising golf program. The Georgia Southwestern men’s golf team received some high praise from fellow D-II schools this week as the Hurricanes came in at No. 5 in the country in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll.

Even more impressive, coach Andrew Danna and the Hurricanes received three first-place votes. California State University Stanislaus and Lynn University (Fla.) tied for the top spot overall, however, with 370 points apiece. GSW garnered 321 points, 10 behind Central Oklahoma.

While GSW was voted No. 1 in Golfstat.com’s most recent poll, the No 5 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll is is not only the highest ranking in program history, but it is also the highest ranking in any sport at GSW during the university’s NCAA era (2006-07).

The Blue & Gold currently have the fourth- and fifth-lowest scoring averages in the Peach Belt Conference. Craig Gibson is fourth with a 72.7 and current PBC Golfer of the Week J.P. Griffin is fifth with a 72.9. Griffin’s final-round 66 at the Aflac Cougar Invitational on Oct. 4 continues to be the lowest round recorded in the PBC this season.

The Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll is the official poll of the NCAA. GSW will return to tournament play March 12 at the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta.

“It might be the quickest we’ve ever got to 20 wins,” Darton head coach David Dews said of the Lady Cavs’ 20-1 record, with the only loss coming to Enterprise (Ala.) — a team that No. 18 nationally ranked Darton swept in the rematch Tuesday by a combined 20-2. “We’ve had a couple of breaks here and there, but we’ve played pretty consistently all season.”

Consistent may be an understatement for sophomore pitcher Katy Lewis, who struck out 10 batters Thursday and allowed only one hit as she completed Game 1 in five innings.

Leading the Lady Cavaliers’ offense in the opener was Amanda Jaskolski, who was 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI, and Jessica Vason, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Freshman pitcher Jenny Willis completed Game 2 in seven innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs, but no strikeouts. Vason went 2-for-4 in the second game, blasting two homers while driving in three runs. Chelsea Showers also was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Jaskolski was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Lady Cavs are next scheduled to travel to Wallace Dothan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

GSW MEN’S HOOPS STAR MOBLEY HONORED BY PBC: The Peach Belt Conference released its All-Conference teams for the 2011-12 season Thursday, and senior guard Evan Mobley was named to the PBC’s Third Team. It marks the second time in his career the Savannah native has received postseason conference honors. He was also the 2009 PBC Freshman of the Year.

The senior capped off his Georgia Southwestern career with career-highs in scoring and steals, while setting or resetting his career-high in points on three separate occasions. Mobley also became the first player in GSW men’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points in the NCAA Division II era.

Mobley, a repeat PBC Presidential Honor Roll member, scored a combined 62 points in back-to-back games at Augusta State and USC Aiken. He will leave Georgia Southwestern with more than 3,000 minutes played, 1,300 points, 3,000 rebounds and 275 assists in his career.

GSW POSTPONES, RESCHEDULES BASEBALL, SOFTBALL GAMES: GSW softball’s doubleheader at Fort Valley State University on Thursday was postponed due to rain. No make-up date has been announced. GSW is scheduled to next play Saturday at West Georgia. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The GSW baseball team’s PBC series at Armstrong Atlantic State University has been pushed back to Sunday and Monday due to inclement weather.

On Sunday, the teams will play one game at 2 p.m., while Monday there will be a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.