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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: No. 12 Darton State sweeps Andrew, runs record to 28-5

Darton baseball coach Scot Hemmings

Darton baseball coach Scot Hemmings

CUTHBERT — Since losing to West Georgia Tech on March 20 and having a record-tying 15-game winning streak snapped, the Darton State College baseball team has picked up right where it left off.

The Cavs, who are ranked 12th in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll, extended their new winning streak to seven with a pair of victories against Andrew College on Saturday.

Darton, which is 28-5 overall and 15-1 in Region XVII, has now won 22 of its last 23 games and four in a row against Andrew, dropping the Tigers (15-9, 6-6) from second to fifth place in the region standings.

The Cavs won Saturday’s opener, 7-2. Starter John Harmon got the win after throwing 4 1/3 innings and allowing two runs and three hits. Former Crisp County star and Darton closer Davis Adkins picked up his fourth save of the season after throwing the final 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and not allowing a base runner.

Kody Adams (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B), Cody Wofford (2-for-4, RBI, 2B) and Kyle Conkle (2-for-3, RBI) led Darton at the plate.

Conkle pitched six innings of two-hit baseball in the second game and struck out eight to get the win.

Conkle (2-for-3), Wofford (1-for-4, 2 RBI), Ventavis Jerger (2-for-3) and Reydel Gonzalez (1-for-3, 2 RBI) were Darton’s top hitters in Game No. 2.

The Cavs play again Tuesday at home against ABAC.

GSW SOFTBALL SWEEPS AUGUSTA STATE: Georgia Southwestern got back on track on its late-season run towards postseason play Saturday afternoon as the Lady Hurricanes earned a sweep of Augusta State at Lady ‘Cane Field.

In the opener, which the Lady Hurricanes won, 2-1, GSW starting pitcher Allison Pastor (11-7) earned the win after throwing a complete game and allowing a single run off five hits with four strikeouts.

Mason Moreland paced GSW (24-22, 8-10 PBC) with a pair of hits as the junior went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases.

GSW won the second game, 6-2, after jumping out to an early 4-0 lead.

Ashley Cavender (8-8) threw a complete game, allowing a pair of runs off eight hits while striking out six Jaguars.

Elliot Martin led the offensive charge for the Lady ‘Canes as the junior went 2-for-3 with one home run, the fourth of the season, and a pair of RBI.

Georgia Southwestern will return to action Wednesday as the Lady ‘Canes take a break from conference play to travel to Brewton-Parker for a doubleheader.