LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: GSW baseball downs ASU in first meeting of season between SW Ga. rivals; Darton softball splits

GSW starting pitcher and former Deerfield star Justin Lott accounted for seven strikeouts over six innings before making way for the relief staff. (GSW/Special to The Herald)

GSW starting pitcher and former Deerfield star Justin Lott accounted for seven strikeouts over six innings before making way for the relief staff. (GSW/Special to The Herald)

Emotional Rams lose heartbreaker on Senior Night to Morehouse

ALBANY — Thursday marked a highly emotional night for the Albany State Rams’ seniors. Before facing Morehouse, former Dougherty star Andrew Covin, former Albany Tech standout Justin Wilcox and Jaren Harris were honored for their careers on ASU’s Senior Night.

The Rams wanted to close out their home finale on a good note — but Morehouse had other plans.

The visiting Tigers spoiled the celebration, beating ASU, 53-47, and Rams coach Chris Cameron was furious with the outcome. So much so, he did not allow any of his players to speak to the media.

But the coach did say what was on his mind.

“It was just awful. It’s hard to say much other than that,’’ he said. “We didn’t play with toughness, and we didn’t play with concentration either. We weren’t focused enough and we didn’t execute. Just an awful performance.”

The Rams’ assist-to-turnover ratio was a staggering 9:21. Wilcox led the way with 12 points and four rebounds, while Curtis Fluker added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. Andrae Nelson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Morehouse, while Darius Williams added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers.

ASU fell to 5-12 and now is in fifth place in the conference and 6-17 for the season. The season finale takes place Saturday when they travel up the road for a rematch against Fort Valley State.

— Timothy Threadcraft/Special to The Herald

AMERICUS -- Georgia Southwestern pitchers tallied 11 strikeouts on Thursday night in a 7-4 non-conference baseball victory over Albany State at Hurricane Stadium.

GSW starting pitcher Justin Lott, a former Deerfield star, accounted for seven strikeouts over six innings before making way for the relief staff.

With the win, GSW improves to 4-7 this spring. Albany State drops to 1-11. The Hurricanes have controlled the series as of late, winning 10 of the last 13 contests.

ASU took an early 1-0 lead on Thursday with a run in the second inning.

The Hurricanes quickly answered in the bottom half of the frame when John Duran knocked in Corey Benson from second with a single to center.

GSW pulled ahead in the third after Jarrod Taylor roped a two-out home run around the left-field foul pole. Chase Young drove in the second run of the inning with a RBI single to left that scored Stephen Eldridge, who reached on an ASU error.

The Hurricanes added two more runs in the sixth when Josh Sanders plated Blane Parker with a sacrifice fly and Taylor struck again, this time with a RBI single, to score Randall Sheffield.

Albany State scored a run in the seventh to make the score 5-2.

In the eighth inning, GSW put together four hits and two walks to add a pair of insurance runs and open a 7-2 advantage.

The Golden Rams utilized a Ryan Latner two-out, two-run double in the ninth to cut the margin to three, but Dylan Folds secured the win for GSW with a game-ending strikeout.

Lott (1-0) picked up his first win of the season behind six innings of one-run ball. Lott held ASU to three hits while walking five and striking out seven. Drew Cataldo, Ryan Mosley and Folds tossed an inning apiece to close out the game.

ASU starter Clifford Peterson went 5 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and five runs - three earned - while walking three and striking out four to take the loss.

Behind 13 hits and nine walks, the Hurricanes left the bases loaded in the third, seventh and eighth innings and stranded a total of 15 men on base. Taylor led GSW hitters with his 3-for-5 performance. He drove in two and scored two. Parker and Sanders added two hits apiece.

Former Westover star Jacob Campbell collected two hits for ASU.

Southwestern returns to the diamond on Saturday to host Armstrong at 3 p.m., while ASU next plays at West Florida on Saturday.

No. 10 Darton splits with Middle Georgia

ALBANY — The Darton State College women’s softball team split a pair of games Thursday with Middle Georgia College, winning Game 1, 7-1, then dropping the nightcap, 8-4.

The winning pitcher in the opener was Savannah Carlisle, who went the distance and struck out four, allowed no walks and gave up just three hits.

Kelsea Ogletree finished 2-for-2, Brooke Tomlin was 1-for-3 with two RBI, Heather Sexton was 2-for-4 and Holly Smith finished 2-for-4 also, recording the only extra-base hit of the game for the No. 10 nationally ranked Lady Cavs (14-5) with a double.

Game 2 was a different story as MGC jumped out early on losing pitcher and ace Jenny Willis, who lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Sexton had another solid day at the plate in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with a double, while Smith also notched a double, finishing 2-for-4.

Darton heads back to the field Saturday against Tallahassee Community College.

DOCO baseball, SCA soccer open with Ws

ALBANY — Dougherty opened its season with a 5-inning, mercy-rule victory, 14-4, against Mitchell County on Thursday.

"I think this was our first win in about four or five years,'' Dougherty coach Ty Hayes said.

Kevin Milner (3-for-4 with two triples and two RBI), Mike Whatley (2-for-4 with two RBI) and Ki-Juana Evans (2-for-3 with three RBI) led the Trojans at the plate while Chris Hudson struck out seven and gave up just two hits and one earned run to pick up the win.

Tyreek Brown (1-for-2 with one RBI) led Mitchell County. Jerald Bryant struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings and took the loss for the Eagles.

Dougherty plays at Turner County at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN GIRLS SOCCER 2, BRIARWOOD 0: SCA opened its season with a shutout on the road with Hannah Thompson in the net for the Lady Eagles. Kylee Harrod and Jordyn Paramore each scored goals for SCA. The Lady Eagles host Central Fellowship at 5 p.m. Tuesday.