LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Lady Rams sweep conference foe Claflin

ALBANY — The Albany State softball team got a pair of three-hit complete games from pitchers Alexa Lopez and Chelsea Hicks and swept Claflin University on Monday.

Behind Lopez, the Lady Rams won the opener, 5-0, and then Hicks guided ASU to a 6-1 victory in the second game.

Hicks began the season as the ace of the staff, but ASU coach Robert Skinner said Lopez, a sophomore from Valrico, Fla., is pushing Hicks for the No. 1 spot in the rotation.

“Lopez has been extremely accurate the last couple of weeks,” Skinner said. “She has been hitting her spots and keeping people off the bases.”

The Lady Rams capitalized on several Claflin errors in the opener and scored three unearned runs. Lopez took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up two hits in the final frame.

Solo home runs from Bainbridge native Vanessa Jones and Sierra Gaines keyed the Lady Rams’ offense in the nightcap, and Hicks took a no-hitter into the sixth before scattering three hits in the final two innings.

Chaconna Marks was 4-for-8 on the day, picking up two singles in each game.

The Lady Rams (22-18, 16-2) play again Thursday at Pain College.

GSW in 10th after first day of Buccaneer Invitational

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The 22nd-ranked Georgia Southwestern men's golf team shot a first round 300 on Monday at the Buccaneer Invitational and currently sits in 10th place out of 14 teams at the Normandy Shores Golf Club.

Former Lee County golfer Nate Gahman led the Hurricanes in the first round as the senior posted a score of 2-over-par 73. Gahman is currently tied for 20th overall in the 84-player field.

Andrew Ritchot and Anders Olsson posted first round scores of 74 and 75, respectively. Ritchot sits tied for 30th, while Olsson is tied for 40th in the overall standings.

Host and second-ranked Barry University sits atop the leaderboard after carding a first-round even par score of 284

Eckerd College's Jeff Evanier leads on the individual side with a first round score of 4-under.

The second round of the tournament was postponed due to darkness after lightning delay. GSW will return to the links at 8:30 a.m. today as the field will finish the second and third rounds of the Buccaneer Golf Classic

Lee County splits with Centennial

ROSWELL — Lee County bounced back from a 4-3 loss to Centennial in Monday’s opener to win the nightcap of the doubleheader, 10-5.

In the first game, Centennial broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single off pitcher Matt Hatcher, who got the loss.

Lee County’s Nick Bush hit his first varsity homer in the opener.

In the second game, T.J. Roberts was the winning pitcher for the Trojans, while Chad Moore got the save. Robbie Feagans got two hits and hit his first varsity home run.

The Trojans (10-5) play again today at 2 p.m. against Franklin County, Kent., in Roswell.