The Shorter baseball team completed the four game season sweep of Albany State by winning both games on Tuesday afternoon, 5-4 and 5-0.
The wins improved the Hawks to 10-15 on the season.
Charlie Gillis finished the day with three hits and four RBIs — two in each game.
Shorter got off to an early start, scoring one run in the first inning of the opener when Michael Miranda singled to bring in Charlie Gillis, and Shorter built a 3-1 lead on a two-run single by Gillis in the second.
The Rams took a 4-3 advantage in the fourth inning, but the lead was short lived as the Hawks added two runs in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Forrest singled to lead off the inning, and came around to score on a two-run homer by Darrius Jennings for the final 5-4 score.
Eric Doty earned the win for Shorter in Game 1, going six innings, allowing six hits, with four strikeouts. Ben Stell came on in relief, pitching the final inning, and earning the save. He allowed no hits and struck out two.
The second game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when Shorter put a four spot on the board.
Chad Ikerd led off the inning with a double, followed by bunt single from Dustin Evans.
With one out, Gillis’ RBI double scored Ikerd from third. Willie Lewis followed with a 3-run blast to give the Hawks the 4-0 lead. Gillis added another RBI in the sixth for the final 5-0 score.
Russell Crosby went the distance for Shorter in the nightcap pitching a complete game shutout to pick up his second win of the season. Over the course of seven innings, Crosby, gave up five hits while striking out six.
Shorter returns to GSC action this weekend, traveling to Valdosta State for a three-game series.
The Shorter golf teams took part in the Chick-fil-A Spring Invite hosted by North Georgia, with the Lady Hawks finishing first overall and Patric Sundlof finishing sixth for the Hawks among forty players on the course.
The Lady Hawks (328-331-659) ran away from the competition, winning the event by 25 strokes over the host school.
Shorter placed the top four members of the team within the top-10 scores for the event.
The Shorter team was led by a second-place finish from Maria Bengtsson (84-75-159) along with Isabella Baldacci (81-82-163) finishing fourth and Claudia Orrantia (80-84-164) placing fifth. Rachel Butler (83-92-175) rounded out the foursome with a tenth place finish.
Pauline Schopp (90-90-180) was the fifth member on the course and finished in 15th place.
North Georgia golfer Catalina Olarte (79-79-158) took home the overall title, finishing one stroke ahead of Bengtsson.
The Lady Hawks also entered a pair unattached to the team, Amanda Schwartz (94-85-179) ended up 13th while Alyson Hicks (92-90-182) finished 17th out of the 45 golfers entered.
North Georgia (307-305-312) won the men’s side of the competition, with three of the top-10 scores reported.
Sundlof (73-80-153) topped the Hawks (332-318-650), finishing three strokes behind eventual champion D.J. Adcock (76-74-150) from Martin Methodist College.
Juan Giraldo (84-75-159) trimmed nine strokes off of his opening round score on his way to a 14th place finish.
Tyler Steptoe (88-77-165) finished 27th and Miles Mendiola (87-86-173) came home 32nd to round out Shorter’s top four.
Jordan Bethune (94-87-181) placed 36th as the final golfer for Shorter.
Competing unattached for the Hawks were Jordan Starnes (91-87-178), Salvatore Jerris (94-97-191), and Lauren McConnell (106-103-209).
Next week will see the Hawks compete as part of the Marine Corps Collegiate from Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Shorter track and field athlete Tamala Daley has been named the Peach Belt Conference’s inaugural Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon.
The senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., achieved two provisional marks at the Georgia Relays this past weekend, Shorter’s first outdoor meet of the 2013 season.
Daley, a former NAIA national champion in the triple jump, finished second out of 17 competitors in the triple jump at the Georgia Relays, leaping 12.53 meters (41 feet, 1.5 inches) to finish behind only Georgia Tech’s Jhanelle McLeod.
Daley also competed in the long jump, where she placed fifth out of 29 athletes with a jump of 5.91 meters (19 feet, 4.75 inches).
Daley, along with Nova Southeastern’s Johniqua Stafford who earned Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, are the Peach Belt Conference’s first athletes of the week for track and field.
Shorter, a new member of the PBC in track and field, will compete for the inaugural PBC Track and Field Championship in April when the conference championship meet is held at Historic Barron Stadium in Rome.
Leading by two runs in the top of the ninth, Berry’s baseball team could not hold on as it fell in an 11-inning game against Covenant, 10-9, on Tuesday afternoon.
Berry dropped to 10-10 overall. Covenant upped its record to 15-3.
After tagging Berry starter Levi Austin for six runs (four earned) in the first three innings, Covenant held a 6-2 edge.
Reliever Braxton Teal held Covenant’s offense scoreless over the next four frames and allowed one hit and one walk.
With the score 6-3, Berry had a five-run seventh to claim a 8-6 advantage.
Kevin Scott drove in the tying run with an RBI single to right field, and Devin Skelton and Grant Perkins each added run-scoring singles later in the inning.
The Vikings will return to Bowdoin Field for a three-game series against Oglethorpe University on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Fifteen different players had points for Berry College as the Vikings defeated visiting Oglethorpe, 23-2.
Berry improved to 6-3 and 1-0 in the Southern Athletic Association. Oglethorpe dropped to 1-6 and 0-1.
Cory Hall had three goals and two assists for the home team. Ryan Stranahan and James Holekamp each netted three goals for Berry. Ian Gittings had one goal and three assists.
BC, which led 19-2 at halftime, led in all statistical categories.
The Vikes led in shots (42-14), ground balls (41-21) and face-offs (17-0).
Three different goalkeeper played for the Vikings. Strater Jordan Boreman (6-3) got the win. He made one save in the first quarter.
Cooper O’Brien made 10 saves for the Stormy Petrels.
Berry plays at SAA foe Centre on Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT.