Albany State’s Ambrionna Atkism was 2-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Friday’s opener against Alabama-Huntsville but was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the second game. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)
ALBANY — The Alabama-Huntsville Lady Chargers, ranked No. 9 in the country and winners of 17 of their last 21 games, were too much for Albany State in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday.
Alabama-Huntsville scored six runs in the first inning of the opening game to win, 8-3, and then survived a late Albany State rally in the second game to win, 5-2.
ASU (15-20) has now lost four straight heading into Monday’s doubleheader at SIAC foe Clark Atlanta.
In the opener, Alabama-Huntsville capitalized on an ASU error and three walks from starting pitcher Alexa Lopez to jump ahead to a quick 6-0 lead. ASU answered with three own runs in the bottom of the first inning on a three-run homer from Ambrionna Atkism, which scored Candace Blair and Chaconaa Marks. However, the Lady Rams only had four hits in the final six innings, and Alabama-Huntsville tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Atkism, who doubled in the sixth inning, was 2-for-3, while Marks was 2-for-3 with a double.
In the second game, Albany State fell behind 4-0 before cutting Alabama-Huntsville’s lead in half in the sixth inning with a two-run double from Marks. Toni Coleman was 2-for-3 to lead the Lady Rams at the plate, and ASU starter Chelsea Hicks allowed 13 hits, six walks and four earned runs in a complete-game loss.
DARTON TRAILS ANDREW: The nationally-ranked No. 14 Darton State College golf team will need to come from behind to win its 13th straight Region XVII title.
The Cavs trail Andrew College by a single stroke after shooting a 297 in Friday’s first round of the three-day tournament at Bagby State Park in Fort Gaines.
Andrew College’s Andreas Tancred shot a tournament-best 69 to lead the Tigers on their home course.
“Like I told the guys before we came out (Friday), I thought Andrew would be dangerous on their own course,” Darton golf coach Dale Dover said. “They play here all the time and know everything about the golf course.”
Darton was led by Tae Kim’s 1-over 73. Also scoring for Darton were Taylor Martin (74), Madison Turner (74), Seth Sanders (76) and Jake O’Bryan (78).
ABAC, which was led by Chris Rogers (71), is tied with Darton for second place.
“We didn’t putt very well (Friday),” Dover said. “We missed a lot of short putts. Hopefully we can get some focus (today) and get after it and play a little better.”