Albany State infielder Kerry Hall, a former Westover star, makes a tag on Shorter College’s Dustin Evans during Tuesday’s opening game.
ALBANY — Riding its longest winning streak of the season, the Albany State baseball team came up short in both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Shorter College, 5-1 and 13-4.
The Rams (5-16) had won four in a row entering the series against Shorter, but the Hawks, who have now won five straight, came out firing against Rams ace Clifford Peterson in the opener.
Shorter (7-13) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before multi-sport star Dexter Moody, who is a safety on the Rams’ football team, drew a walk and then scored on an error.
Sophomore infielder Allen Hardy was the lone Ram to pick up multiple hits in the opener, going 2-for-4.
In the second game, freshman left-hander Trevor Billings took the mound for the Rams, but he couldn’t get any run support until the third inning and fell behind in an early 8-0 hole.
The Rams scored twice in the third inning and two more in the fifth inning to pull within four runs after freshman Jonatan Galan drove in senior Corbin Williams to make it 8-4.
However, Shorter scored three in the sixth and another two in the seventh to pull away.
Moody led the Rams at the plate in the second game, going 2-for-3 with two runs, while Galan was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Rams return to the diamond Thursday for a single game against Georgia Southwestern, which beat the Rams in Americus on Feb. 21.
The loss to GSW was part of a 15-game stretch to start the season when the Rams only won one game.
Since then, ASU has won four of five, which included a three-game sweep of conference rival Clark Atlanta. ASU’s next conference game is Saturday at home against Claflin University.
Cavs extend win streak to 12 games; Darton softball splits with East Georgia
SWAINSBORO — It took a comeback, a big inning, a strong start and a tough save from Davis Adkins, but Darton used that formula to beat East Georgia, 5-4, on Tuesday to win its 12th game in a row.
The Cavaliers (18-4 and 5-0 in Region XVII) came back from a 3-0 deficit and scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Jay Jerger, who went 3-for-4, had a bases-loaded triple and Kyle Conkle, who was also 3-for-4, had a run-scoring single to spark the big inning.
A.J. Sunstrom went seven innings to get the win. He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits. He struck out eight while not allowing a walk, and improved to 5-1. Adkins, a former Crisp County star, threw two hitless innings and struck out three to pick up his second save of the season.
The Cavaliers play East Georgia at 6 p.m. Friday at Darton.
DARTON SOFTBALL SPLITS: Darton’s No. 10-ranked softball team (23-9) split a pair of games on the road Tuesday, losing to East Georgia, 4-2, and coming back to win the nightcap of a doubleheader, 5-2.
Melissa Dearth drove in both runs in the opener with a two-run double, and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Darton’s win.
Savannah Carlisle (11-2) went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits to take the loss in the opener. She struck out five. Jenny Willis went the distance to improve to 7-3 in the nightcap. She gave up two runs (both home runs) on seven hits and struck out seven while allowing one walk to get the win. Chelsea Showers and Holly Smith both went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs each in the win.
Darton hosts Chipola at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
GSW GOLF FINISHES 10TH: The Hurricanes shot a 303 in Tuesday’s final round of the Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta to finish the tournament in 10th place.
GSW finished four shots behind Lynn University, which is coached by former Hurricanes coach Andrew Danna.
The Hurricanes were led by former Lee County star Nate Gahman, who shot a 3-over 75 on Tuesday to finish tied for 12th overall at 6-over.
Also for GSW, J.P. Griffin tied for 36th (9-over), Matthew Whittaker tied for 44th (10-over), Andrew Ritchot tied for 56th (13-over) and Anders Olsson tied for 71st (24-over).
Barry University won the team title with a three-round total of 870.