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Alford, Phillips lead Georgia State softball

As Georgia State's softball team prepares to defend its Colonial Athletic Association championship this weekend, two former Heritage players are expected to be at the forefront.

Freshman Callie Alford and junior Whitney Phillips and the No. 3 seed Panthers play No. 2 seed James Madison today at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament.

Alford, who was recently named to the all-CAA second team and all-CAA rookie team, had an outstanding regular season in getting her first taste of college softball. The third baseman/catcher started all 52 games and hit .289 (43-for-149) with team-highs in doubles (11), RBIs (41), slugging percentage (.503) and walks (27), and was second in home runs (7) and on-base percentage (.398).

Phillips, a second baseman, also hit .289 (28-for-97) in 42 games (39 starts) and led the team with 10 stolen bases.

Dunlop shines for EKU

Dustin Dunlop's resurgent 2012 season continued recently.

Dunlop got off to a slow start for Eastern Kentucky, but after two hits in each of the Colonels' last two wins over Dayton and Marshall, the former Salem standout is hitting .304 (45-for-148) in 39 games. Dunlop, who has helped Eastern Ketucky win nine of its last 10 games, is also second on the team in on-base percentage (.379).

The Colonels (26-20) host Tennessee Tech in a three-game weekend series beginning today at 3 p.m.

Bailey finishes another strong season

Though it was a difficult end to 2012 for the Piedmont College baseball team, Josh Bailey completed a second consecutive solid season for the Lions. Bailey, a sophomore from Salem, finished the year hitting .302 (49-for-162) with 28 RBIs and four home runs, which was tied with two others for the team lead.

Bailey, who had a pair of hits in each of Piedmont's final two games in the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament (losses to Huntingdon College and LaGrange College), started all 43 games and had a .424 on-base percentage and added 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts. Piedmont finished the year 26-17.