The Clark Atlanta University Panthers softball team did not get an opportunity to win their second series of the season this past weekend -The Panthers won two out of three at Fort Valley State University on Mar. 9 and 10- due to rain but did come away with a split of the two games they played against visiting Benedict College.
The 7-6 victory came in the first game on Saturday afternoon as Panthers senior Ajada Cofield picked up her victory of the season after pitching eight innings and despite giving up 11 hits, five walks, and five earned runs.
Clark Atlanta quickly fell behind by two runs in the first inning before scoring three of their own in the bottom of the first. The two teams exchanged two-run half-innings in the second inning before Benedict went back in front by two, 6-5, after the third inning.
Clark Atlanta scored a run to tie the game in the sixth inning and the winning run in the bottom of the eight on a sacrifice groundout by senior Shalonda Woods that brought home sophomore, Caitlyn Williams.
Woods drove in three runs during the game and sophomore Lakima Terrell drove in two with senior Jacey Gray going 3-4 at the plate.
The Panthers lost game two 18-9 despite going ahead 3-0 in the first inning. Woods threw a complete game, giving up 18 hits and nine earned runs to the Lady Tigers while striking out just two.
Clark Atlanta will host Point University on Monday, April 2 in a non-conference game. They return to conference play the following weekend on Apr. 7 and 8 as they host Alabama State University.
Clark Atlanta takes one of three on road at Paine College
Coming off of a three-game sweep the Clark Atlanta University baseball team picked up one of three in Augusta over the weekend at Paine College.
The Panthers lost game one 3-0 and came back to tie the series with a 10-2 win of the second game. The Panthers lost game three 4-3.
In game two Clark Atlanta scored four runs during the third and fourth innings to go ahead 8-0. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Anthony Nettles earned his first win of the season with a seven inning, one earned run, nine strikeout performance.
A Morrow High School graduate, Nettles gave up nine hits and six walks but demonstrated the promise he came into the program with last season as a freshman.
Senior catcher Shahir Gates was 1-2 with two RBI, freshman infielder McKaleb Harlemon was 1-3 with three RBI. Junior Jordan Johnson drove in two runs and junior Ceontae Brandon was 2-4 with two RBI.
The Panthers lost the third game of the series 4-3 in nine innings. Lions first baseman drove in shortstop Anthony Lopez with a single to right field to win the game.
Clark Atlanta will host Albany State on Friday at 6 pm and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Morehouse splits with Claflin, hosting Benedict this weekend
The Morehouse College Maroon Tigers will host Benedict College this weekend in a three-game series with a doubleheader on Friday at noon and 3 pm and on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Morehouse split a pair of games with Claflin University on Saturday, losing the first game 13-9 amd winning the second game 9-7. Maroon Tiger junior Kristopher Skinner pitched 5 innings, giving up six earned runs while striking out four Panthers.
Freshman Demetrius Burton came in on relief to pick up the win with two innings of work.