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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU softball clinches tourney’s top seed

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY — The Albany State Lady Rams wrapped up their regular season with a sweep against Fort Valley, clinching first place and the top seed in the conference.

The Lady Rams won the opener, 6-1, and the second game, 7-1, to finish with a 22-2 conference record. They will get a first-round bye and begin play in the conference tournament Thursday in Lovejoy.

Alexa Lopez went the distance in the opener Saturday, allowing one run on five hits. She struck out three. Ke’cia Griffin went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer and a three-run homer to drive in five runs.

Ambrionna Atkinson went the distance in the second game and didn’t allow an earned run. She gave up eight hits and struck out three. Shelby Gale went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs in the nightcap and Dominique Bryant went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

ASU BASEBALL TEAM BEATS BENEDICT: Albany State improved its conference record to 14-1 with a 9-4 victory against Benedict on Saturday.

Clifford Peterson went the distance for the win to improve to 2-0 in the conference. He allowed 11 hits and four runs while striking out eight. Ryan Latner led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homer. He drove in two runs. Allen Hardy went 3-for-4 and Dexter Moody went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs. Freshman Xavier Chapman went 3-for-4. The Rams (17-22 overall) will play a doubleheader against Benedict today, beginning at 1 p.m.

DARTON STATE SOFTBALL SWEEPS ABAC: Jostyln Higgerson got the wins in both games as Darton State beat ABAC, 11-1, in five innings and then came back to win the nightcap, 5-3, in eight innings.

Higgerson went the distance and gave up one run on six hits while striking out eight in the opener and then pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two of the three batters she faced to nail down the win. Higgerson is now 10-3.

Heather Sexton’s two-run double in the top of the eighth gave the Lady Cavs the 5-3 lead and proved to be the game-winning hit. Melissa Dearth had a huge day. She went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in the opener and then was even better in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 with a homer and driving in three more runs.

Chelsea Showers homered in the opener and drove in four and Sierra Newman went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the 11-1 win.

Darton is now 30-12 for the season and 9-3 in the conference, one game behind Georgia Perimeter. The Lady Cavs play at Georgia Perimeter next Saturday.