LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU men sweep Claflin, ASU softball team wins twice; GSW falls

ALBANY — Robert Latner drove in former Westover star Kerry Hall with a single in the bottom of the 10th to lift Albany State to an 11-10 win against Claflin on Sunday.

The Rams trailed by four runs twice in the game and were down, 9-5, going into the bottom of the eighth. They scored twice in the eighth, and after Claflin scored in the top of the ninth to go ahead, 10-8, the Rams rallied once more.

Corbin Williams, who went 2-for-5 with five RBI, drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Theo Tramontana picked up the win in relief, allowing one run while striking out three to get his first win of the season.

Dexter Moody had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three singles and a triple. He scored three runs and drove in a run. Another ex-Westover star, Jacob Campbell, was 3-for-6 for ASU, which improved to 6-0 in the conference with a three-game sweep. ASU is 8-13 for the season and plays a doubleheader at Shorter on Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m.


Albany State's softball team won twice on Saturday in the conference crossover tournament beating Lane 16-2, and then coming back to beat Stillman, 8-6, with a five-run seventh inning.

Kandis Banks was the winning pitcher in the opener and the hero in the nightcap. Sierra Gaines hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the 16-2 romp against Lane, and Banks hit a three-run walkoff homer to beat Stillman.

Alexa Lopez was the winning pitcher against Stillman. She went 2-0 in the tournament and ASU went 4-2 for the weekend. The Lady Rams are now 8-2 in the conference and 13-13 for the season. They next host Clark Atlanta at 2 p.m. today.


The Georgia Southwestern baseball team was unable to hold on to a three-run lead and eventually dropped a 7-3 decision to No. 25 UNC Pembroke in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon.

The Hurricanes have lost seven of their last eight games and fall to 7-19 overall and 2-12 in conference play.

The lead was stretched to 3-0 when a bouncing ball off the bat of Lee County native and former Crisp Academy star Les Cromer found its way through the right side of the infield and brought home Randall Sheffield from second base.

Hurricane starting pitcher and former Deerfield star Justin Lott cruised through the first six innings. After allowing two hits in the opening frame, Lott held UNCP hitless until the seventh. Lott struck out the side in the fifth while collecting a total of eight strikeouts in the game. Lott ran into trouble in the seventh inning when UNCP tied the contest behind three hits, including a triple and a double.

Stephen Eldridge led GSW batters with his 3-for-5 performance. Eldridge belted a double and drove in a run. Cromer was 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a RBI.

The Hurricanes will next host Stillman College in a two-game series beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m.