Georgia College and State University won the first Peach Belt Conference softball tournament title in school history, and it has Mandy Chandler to thank.
Chandler, a standout right-handed pitcher from Eastside High School, pitched more than 30 innings in the tournament with a 1.63 ERA and 36 strikeouts. The performance earned Chandler her third conference pitcher of the week honor.
She was also a first-team selection on the All-Peach Belt Conference Team. It was the third all-conference honor for the junior pitcher, which ties a school record.
As if those awards weren't enough, GCSU named Chandler its Athlete of the Week for a record fourth time.
At the beginning of the Peach Belt tournament, GCSU faced Francis Marion, and Chandler pitched a one-hit shutout. In the 2-0 win, she worked all seven innings and struck out nine.
In the Lady Bobcats' 1-0 win over Armstrong Atlantic, Chandler allowed four hits and fanned nine batters.
In the semifinal round, Chandler allowed four hits in a 2-1 win over North Georgia.
Chandler tossed seven innings with five hits, one run and seven strikeouts against North Georgia for a 4-3 victory in the championship game.
GCSU awaits its NCAA Division II seeding for the South Atlantic Regional Tournament on May 8.
Lee earns CAA honor for fourth time
For the fourth time this season, freshman Catherine Lee has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.
Lee, a standout catcher from Eastside, batted .333 with two runs, a double, three RBIs and two home runs. She holds the single-season school record for home runs with 15, and Lee is fifth in career homers.
In a three-game series with Towson, Lee belted her 14th and 15th home runs. In Game 1, Lee blasted a walk-off home run at the bottom of the seventh. Then, in Game 3, she had two RBIs and her 15th home run.
Eastside duo plays key role for Georgia Perimeter
Eastside's Christie Rice and Heather Hodge played a key role in helping Georgia Perimeter College claim the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association regular season title.
Rice homered to break a 3-3 tie in a win over Middle Georgia. In Game 2 with Middle Georgia, Hodge recorded two hits in a 5-0 victory.
Hodge also knocked in two runs and had two hits in a doubleheader sweep of Young Harris.
Berry's McCalley named All-SSAC squad
Berry sophomore reliever Matt McCalley has been named to the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Conference second team.
The Heritage graduate finished the regular season with a 5-1 record in 22 relief appearances. McCalley recorded a team-high nine saves.
Heritage graduates shine for Cavaliers
A trio of former Heritage players made a big impact last week for Darton College.
In Darton's Game 1 win over Middle Georgia College, Trent Dooley went 2-for-4 at the plate while scoring two runs and notching two RBIs. Adam Duncan hit a home run and recorded two RBIs.
In Game 2 against Middle Georgia, Taylor Whitenton went five innings on the mound, allowing seven earned runs, six hits and six walks. He fanned four batters. Dooley shined again at the plate with a solo home run.
In the third game of the series, Duncan produced a solo home run that was Darton's only run in the loss.
Jones finishes 23rd in A-Sun Tournament
Mercer junior golfer Bill Jones finished 23rd in the Atlantic Sun Championship at Chateau Elan.
In the first round, Jones shot an 7-over-par 79 and was tied for 38th overall. Jones notched a team-high three birdies in the second round and shot a 1-over 73 to climb to 24th overall.
He finished up the tournament with a 2-over 74 in the final round, tying for 23rd with a three-round total of 10-over at 226.
Jones posted a tie for 23rd after posting two-over on the final day of competition.