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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton No. 1 golfer Sakulpolphaisan officially commits to Mississippi State; Cavs baseball rolls in region tourney opener

Darton No. 1 golfer Joe Sakulpolphaisan is headed for Mississippi State.

Darton No. 1 golfer Joe Sakulpolphaisan is headed for Mississippi State.

ALBANY — Darton No. 1 golfer Joe Sakulpolphaisan, who is also the No. 1-ranked golfer in the entire NJCAA Division I, signed his national letter-of-intent to play next season for Division I Mississippi State.

“I’m excited. It’s a great school for both golf and academics. I also really liked the team chemistry and staff,” Sakulpolphaisan said. “They want to build their program around me and another player that will also be a junior next year, so that’s a big reason I chose them over FSU. I can have a huge impact on their future, all while receiving a great education and playing against some of the country’s best players in the SEC.”

Sakulpolphaisan had offers from FSU and Mississippi State, but he was leaning toward the Bulldogs, which was first reported by The Herald last week.

“It’s definitely the biggest signing in the history of the program in terms of the size of the school and the conference he’s going to,” Darton coach Bill Jones III said. “FSU had a good offer, but he really liked MSU.”

Sakulpolphaisan, a sophomore from Thailand, finished runner-up at nationals last season, and enters this year’s national tournament — which begins Tuesday in Newton, Kan., — as one of the favorites.

Sakulpolphaisan, who has a scoring average this year of 70.3, rose to the No. 1 ranking in February. He has played 17 tournament rounds this semester and has shot over par on just three of them, and his scoring average is nearly a full stroke better than anybody else in the nation.

CAVS ADVANCE IN REGION TOURNEY: The Darton College baseball team reached the semifinals of the Region XVII Tournament on Friday with a 10-2, eight-inning victory against East Georgia and will now play Georgia Perimeter today at 3 p.m. in Covington.

A.J. Sunstrom picked up the win, pitching a complete game, allowing just four hits and striking out five.

Russell Melton was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Cody Wofford was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI and Tripp Calhoun and Davis Knapp both had two hits.