COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball, softball keep winning streaks alive

Cavs have won 14 straight, Lady Cavs have won 12 in a row

TIFTON — The Darton baseball team inched closer to the program’s record for consecutive wins with a 13-3 victory against ABAC on Wednesday.

The win was the 14th straight for the Cavs, who are now within two of the school record they set last season.

No. 17 Darton (31-13, 21-4 Region XVII) got a complete game from pitcher John Harman, who allowed seven hits and just one earned run. Harman, who struck out two and didn’t allow a single walk, is now 7-0.

It was Brandon Sharpe who once again led Darton at the plate with two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the game away. Sharpe’s region-leading RBI total is now at 48.

Other Cavs with big nights at the plate were Hill Thomas (3-5, 3 RBI, 3 R) and Trey Haygood (2-3, 3 R, RBI). Darton plays again at 6 p.m. today at home against ABAC. There will be free admission for the game, which will be followed by a fireworks show.

LADY CAVS SWEEP GORDON: The Darton softball team has been just as hot as the Darton baseball team lately and extended its winning streak to 12 games on Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of Gordon College.

The 15th-ranked Lady Cavs beat Gordon 16-1 in the opener and then won the second game, 9-0.

Savannah Carlisle was the winning pitcher in the first game and struck out five and allowed six hits. The Lady Cavs broke the game open with a 12-run second inning, which was highlighted by home runs from Melissa Dearth and Jostlyn Higgerson.

Dearth finished the game 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBIs. Bree Wells (3-4, RBI) and Jordan Allen (2-3) also had multi-hit games.

In the second game, Higgerson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished the game with eight strikeouts and three hits allowed.

Emily Church smacked two homers and had five RBIs, Dearth added another home run and Wells and Allen were each 2-for-4.

Darton, which is now 38-10 overall and 15-1 in Region XVII, wraps up its regular season with home doubleheaders Friday against Middle Georgia and Saturday against Andrew College.

COLUMBUS STATE BASEBALL STOPS ASU: The Rams wrapped up their regular season with an 8-3 non-conference loss to Columbus State on Wednesday.

Albany State, which will enter next week’s SIAC tournament as the No. 1 seed and with a perfect conference record, fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and never recovered.

Former Westover star Jacob Campbell, Sable Gilliard and Allen Hardy all drove in runs for the Rams, while Robert Latner was 2-for-4.

Clifford Peterson, who isn’t typically in the Rams’ pitching rotation, took the loss after allowing five runs and five hits in two innings. ASU’s three relievers, including Leesburg native Drew Bacon, combined to throw six innings and allowed just five hits and three runs to Columbus State, the 10th-ranked team in Division II.

LADY RAMS SPLIT WITH CLAFLIN: The Albany State softball team pulled even with Claflin in the SIAC East Division standings with a 7-2 win in Wednesday’s opener, but host Claflin pulled back ahead in the race for the No. 1 seed with a 7-2 victory in the second game.

The two teams will meet again Friday at Albany State in a doubleheader that could likely decide the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament.

In the first game, Albany State ace Alexa Lopez gave up just five hits in seven innings, and Domonique Bryant, Chaconna Marks and Kayla Alexander all hit home runs.

In the second game, ASU starter Chelsea Hicks gave up six runs in the first two innings before being replaced in the circle by Lopez, who gave up just one run the rest of the game. Malea Maye and Alexander hit homers for the Lady Rams in Game 2.

ASU plays again today in a doubleheader at Paine College before back-to-back home doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Claflin and Benedict.