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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball beats ranked Chipola team, moves to 8-4; ASU softball swept; GSW men's tennis scores milestone win

GSW's Matt Vansant, a former Lee County star and Herald Player of the Year, won the third set, 6-1, against ABAC on Monday to help secure the Hurricanes' first victory against ABAC since the program moved to NCAA Division II seven years ago.

GSW's Matt Vansant, a former Lee County star and Herald Player of the Year, won the third set, 6-1, against ABAC on Monday to help secure the Hurricanes' first victory against ABAC since the program moved to NCAA Division II seven years ago.

MARIANNA, Fla. — The Darton baseball team jumped on nationally-ranked No. 20 Chipola (Fla.) College early and cruised to a 12-2, statement win on Tuesday that could go a long way in helping the Cavs crack the next NJCAA poll.

It was Darton’s first game this season against a ranked team, and Cavs ace A.J. Sunstrom met the challenge, tossing seven innings and allowing just one run and five hits.

Sunstrom, who improved to 3-1, also racked up eight strikeouts.

The Cavs’ runs came in spurts, starting with three in the top of the first inning and another three in the sixth inning. They plated four more runs in the ninth inning to slam the door on the host Indians, who had won four of five entering their one-game series against Darton.

Five Cavs tallied multiple hits — Riliani Familia (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Cody Wofford (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI), Cody Adams (2-for-5, 2 R), Casey James (2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Brandon Sharpe (2-for-3, R, RBI).

Darton (8-4) has won two in a row and plays again Friday at Florence-Darlington Tech in Florence, S.C.

LADY RAMS SWEPT BY VSU: The Albany State softball team extended its losing streak to eight games after getting just one hit in a doubleheader against reigning Division II national champ Valdosta State.

The Lady Blazers won the opener, 16-0, before easily winning Game 2, 9-0.

Albany State’s lone hit in the sweep came in the third inning of the opener when former Bainbridge star Vanessa Jones roped a single. ASU’s Chelsea Hicks was the losing pitcher in the first game, while freshman Ambrionna Atkism picked up the loss in the nightcap.

The Lady Rams (2-8) play again today at home against Columbus State, continuing a grueling early-season schedule for ASU, which has only beaten Thomas University’s junior varsity team.

GSW men’s tennis beats ABAC for first since moving to NCAA

TIFTON — The Georgia Southwestern men’s tennis team won four of six singles matches Monday afternoon en route to a 6-3 win against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. It was the Hurricanes first win against ABAC since GSW joined NCAA Division II in 2006-07.

The GSW teams of Evgeniy Vinogradov and Jake Koonce at No. 1 doubles and Tommy Cangelosi and Chris Eastwood at No. 2 took care of business in the opening matches to propel the Hurricanes to a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play.

Joseph Bjerregaard led the charge in singles with his 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Parker Woodall. Valentin Demande cruised at No. 6 for GSW with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jordan Chastain.

The final two GSW victories in singles took three sets apiece to secure. Former Lee County star and Herald Player of the Year Matt Vansant at No. 4 and Stephen Moore at No. 5 were pushed to a deciding set and both took the final set by a 6-1 score.

A perennial power on the National Junior College Athletic Association circuit, ABAC has controlled the series with GSW in recent years, winning by a combined 39-6 margin during the past five seasons. ABAC has finished in the top eight at the NJCAA national tournament the past seven years. In three of those seasons, ABAC finished in third place.

The Hurricanes look to make it two wins in a row when they host Fort Valley State on Friday at 2 p.m.