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COLLEGE NOTES: Salem grad Hurt drafted by WNBA

NEW YORK -- Former Salem basketball stand out Courtney Hurt was drafted by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the WNBA Draft on Tuesday. Hurt, a 6-1 forward who while at Virginia Commonwealth scored a program-record 2,066 points and averaged 22.2 points as a senior, was the 34th overall selection.

The Fever, who also selected Georgia Tech center Sasha Goodlett in the first round, begin training camp April 29.

Bobcats swept by Cougars 3-1 and 11-3

COLUMBUS -- Georgia College senior and former Eastside pitcher Sabrina Chandler gave the Bobcats another outstanding performance in the circle. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough as Georgia College dropped the first of two games against Columbus State University on Tuesday.

Chandler went six innings and allowed just three runs on six hits. Chandler struck out five and walked two in the hard-luck loss.

The Georgia College softball team (25-23 overall, 9-11 in the Peach Belt Conference) finished off its 2012 regular season with a pair of losses to Columbus State University (36-18, 11-9), dropping the first game 3-1 before an 11-3 loss in the nightcap.

The Bobcats only managed three hits in the 3-1 loss, with two of those came from senior and Columbus native Haley Burnett.

Burnett went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles, driving in Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw) in the top of the seventh.

Georgia College made a valiant comeback effort in game two after surrendering four runs in the bottom of the first.

Burnett went four innings in relief of starter Erica Bell (Fayetteville) giving up three runs on two hits.

A Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) double in the top of the fifth followed by a fielding error later in the inning led to three Bobcat runs to cut the score to 4-3.

Unfortunately, the Cougars plated three of their own in the bottom half of the fifth and four in the bottom of the sixth to grab the 11-3 victory.

The Bobcats sit seventh in the Peach Belt Conference standings and lead Francis Marion University based on winning percentage for that seed. The top eight make the PBC Tournament.

GC will head return to Columbus for the PBC Tournament set to begin Saturday, April 21. Seeding will be announced later this week.

Former Newton softball standout named player of the week, again

ATLANTA -- Claflin University third baseman Markea Sheppard has been named SIAC Softball East Division Player of the Week for the third straight week and the fourth time overall this season.

Sheppard, a freshman, earned the honors after going 12-for-18 from the plate with five home runs and three doubles in eight games.

She finished the week with a .666 batting average and a 1.666 slugging percentage.

The 5-foot-3 Sheppard had 15 RBIs and scored 12 runs with a .714 on-base percentage and a .923 fielding percentage while helping lead the Lady Panthers to a 5-3 record with a pair of wins over Morris and Voorhees as well as a win over Paine.

Sheppard leads the SIAC with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs.