College Notebook: Heritage's McCalley earns another SSAC pitching honor

Berry College's Matt McCalley has done it again.

For the second time this season, McCalley has been named the Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

The former Heritage standout helped Berry post a 5-0 record during the week of April 6 through 13.

Against Bryan College, McCalley picked up a win in relief with a scoreless 11/3 innings of work. McCalley earned the win in Berry's come-from-behind 3-2 victory in game one of a Brewton-Parker College series. He also pitched the final inning in game two, which earned him his sixth save, in the 4-3 win.

Last Sunday, McCalley recorded the save as Berry College won 2-1.

During this week, McCalley totaled 52/3 innings, fanned four batters and only allowed four hits and one walk.

McCalley leads Berry College in saves with seven and has a 5-0 record. He leads all pitchers with a 3.09 ERA.


Heritage duo strong for Darton

Two former Heritage standouts are making quite the impact at Darton College.

Trent Dooley, a freshman, is leading Darton in batting average at .392. He recorded multi-hit games against Gordon, South Georgia and Young Harris.

Adam Duncan leads the Cavaliers in three offensive categories: home runs (five), RBIs (39) and slugging percentage (.543). Dooley is second in RBIs with 32.


Lee leads NCAA in RBIs, sets new Georgia State home run mark

Eastside's Catherine Lee is leading the nation in RBIs per game.

Lee, a freshman, ranks first in the country in runs batted in per game at 1.46 and is second in runs per game at 1.23.

In fact, Lee set a new Georgia State single-season record with her 13th home run April 12 against Hofstra, breaking the old mark of 12 set by Katie Blue in 2003.

Teammate Ashley Cowan, also from Eastside, improved her pitching record to 7-4 this season with a 2-1 victory over Furman on Wednesday. Cowan, a senior, allowed eight hits and surrendered no earned runs.

Local trio shines for Ga. Perimeter

Heather Hodge, Christie Rice and Nicole Stanford all played key roles in leading Georgia Perimeter to victories over Georgia Military, Gordon and Truett-McConnell.

Hodge, from Eastside, and Stanford, from Newton, combined for five hits in a doubleheader sweep at Truett-McConnell.

In a 4-3 win over Georgia Military in the opener, Hodge drove in three runs with a double and a single. Rice, also from Eastside, followed with four RBIs in 10-2 win to complete the sweep.

Stanford had three hits in 3-2 victory over Gordon.

Chandler earns another GSCU honor

Former Eastside standout pitcher Mandy Chandler has been named the Georgia State College and University Athlete of the Week for April 6 through 12.

It's third time this spring that Chandler has won the award.

She pitched 242/3 innings, allowed eight hits and one earned run, walked one opponent and struck out 25 batters.

In GCSU's sweep of Augusta State, Chandler delivered a one-hit shutout in game one, and she struck out seven batters. It was the same scenario in game two when she allowed one hit and sat seven batters down for the win.


Wolcott produces two top-10 finishes for KSU

Heritage's Soibhan Wolcott recorded two eighth-place finishes for Kennesaw State last week at the Seminole Track Invitational at Florida State University.

She completed the 1,500-meter run in 4 minutes, 50.15 seconds and finished the 800-meter dash in 2 minutes, 22.40 seconds.

If you know of former local athlete from Rockdale or Newton county competing on the collegiate level, we'd like to hear from you. E-mail Kristen Lofton at sports@rockdalecitizen.com.