LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton’s Green finishes as top individual, Cavs fall to 4th

Darton sophomore Nick Green poses with his plaque after winning his first collegiate individual title Sunday.

Darton sophomore Nick Green poses with his plaque after winning his first collegiate individual title Sunday.

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Darton sophomore Nick Green found his putting stroke to win Sunday’s Faulkner State Invitational by seven strokes.

Now he is hoping his individual title will help the Cavs turn around their season.

Darton dropped nearly a dozen shots in the closing holes of Sunday’s final round and slipped all the way to fourth place in the nine-team tournament, losing to first-place Brevard by six shots.

“If we finish strong we win the tournament,” Darton coach Bill Jones III said. “We had it won before the last few holes, but if you finish as poorly as we did then you don’t deserve to win. We are close though. All it might take is one good win, and it might snowball from there.”

Green is hoping his recent play will have a similar positive effect on his teammates, who are still looking for their first win since last spring.

Green, a Covington native, shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to finish the tournament 2-under for his first individual collegiate victory.

“Maybe after seeing what I did we can start playing better and with some more confidence,” Green said. “We need to win soon, because losing is getting pretty old.”

Green had 23 putts in the final round and just 10 on the back nine, which helped him pull away from the field.

“On (Saturday) I was hitting the ball really solid but wasn’t putting well,” Green said. “Today I was hitting wedges really well and putting lights out. It was probably the best day I have ever had putting.”

Green entered the final round tied for the lead but bogeyed No. 2 on Sunday to slip to 3-over for the tournament.

However, he birdied five out of six holes midway through the round to storm to the top of the leaderboard and shot 3-under on the back nine to close it out.

“I am pretty ecstatic about this one,” Green said. “The scoring conditions felt pretty good, so I thought it would be a shootout. I knew I would have to play really well to win it.”

Parks Brown had Darton’s second best score, shooting a 75 on Sunday to finish 10-over for the tournament. He was followed by Moultrie’s Von Stripling (15-over), Robert Robertson (18-over) and Madison Turner (25-over).

Brevard won the tournament with a total score of 610 after firing a 294 on Sunday to erase a 12-shot deficit. Wallace State (Ala.) shot a 213, and Central Alabama finished with a 613, while Darton closed out the Top 4 with a 616.

ASU SOFTBALL SWEPT: The Lady Rams extended their losing streak to six games on Sunday after losing a pair to Anderson (S.C.) University.

Complete stats weren’t available by press time, but ASU pitchers Chelsea Hicks and Alexa Lopez picked up the losses for the Lady Rams, who fell to 2-6 overall.

Anderson is now 11-1 and has won six in a row.

Albany State plays again Tuesday at home against reigning national champ Valdosta State.

RAMS DROP TWO TO MILES COLLEGE: The Albany State baseball team fell to 1-8 overall on Saturday after getting swept in a doubleheader against Miles College.

Damarkus Green was the losing pitcher in the opener, which Miles won, 4-2; and Jared Arrington took the loss in the nightcap, which Miles won, 13-4.

ASU had a brief lead in the second game when former Westover star Kerry Hall singled in Corbin Williams in the first inning, but Miles retook the lead in the second and never looked back.

Westover grad Jacob Campbell was 4-for-8 at the plate over the two games to lead ASU.

The Rams play in their home opener today at 5 p.m. against St. Leo University.

Montevallo blasts GSW, 13-3, in Sunday’s finale; Lee County native Suggs shines on mound Saturday

MONTEVALLO, Ala. — The Montevallo Falcons scored eight runs in the first four innings on their way to a 13-3 victory over Georgia Southwestern Sunday afternoon to take the three-game weekend series 2-1.

Montevallo (5-5) set the tone early in the game when a three-run homer from UM’s Vinny Rodriguez in the bottom of the first put the Falcons on the board.

The Hurricanes notched a run in the second inning, but UM scored five runs over the next two innings to hold a commanding 8-1 advantage going into the fifth inning.

The Falcons added five insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to best the Hurricanes.

Georgia Southwestern (3-7) had 10 hits on the day and was paced by Michel Coffey’s three-hit effort.

GSW’s Earl Dupree (0-2) got the loss on the afternoon as the freshman tossed three innings, giving up eight runs on five hits.

Montevallo’s Edward Brandsema (1-2) got his first win of the season for the Falcons as the sophomore worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits with six strikeouts.

Georgia Southwestern will be back in action Thursday at 5 p.m. to take on Albany State in Americus.

SUGGS LEADS GSW: The Georgia Southwestern baseball team earned a doubleheader split at Montevallo on Saturday afternoon behind a stellar pitching performance by former Lee County star Matthew Suggs in the nightcap. Montevallo won the opener, 7-0, and GSW grabbed Game 2, 3-1.

The Hurricanes never trailed in the nightcap and took the lead for good with Stephen Eldridge’s solo home run in the fourth.

While the Hurricanes would add an insurance run in the fifth inning when John Duran scored on a Michael Coffey sacrifice fly, Suggs (1-1) wouldn’t need any help after the Eldridge blast.

Suggs tossed a complete game and held Montevallo to three hits as he struck out a program-best (NCAA era) 12 batters.

Suggs retired the side in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before surrendering a two-out single in the ninth.

Fittingly, the game ended on a strikeout.