Lady Barons place 2nd at Albany State tournament

MOUNT VERNON - The Brewton-Parker College softball team swept a doubleheader Friday at Wesleyan College in Macon, 9-1 and 5-4, before the Lady Barons won four out of five games and placed second in the Albany State University Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Junior right-hander Kelly Hamilton scored both victories against Wesleyan, the first as the starter and the second in relief of sophomore Aislyn MacLeod.

The Lady Barons opened the Albany State tournament with a 9-1 win over Tuskegee University (Ala.), then edged Claflin University (S.C.) 3-2. After scoring a 12-1 win over Paine College, Brewton-Parker took a 10-2 victory over Fort Valley State University.

The Lady Barons' only setback was to Benedict College (S.C.) 9-6 in their tourney finale. The 4-1 run lifted Brewton-Parker at 29-10 on the season.

Senior right-hander Lyndsay Gomme (9-4) took the pitching victories against Tuskegee and Fort Valley State, while Hamilton (11-5) was the winner against Claflin and freshman Emily Woodard (4-0) took the victory against Paine. Freshman Rachael Harper (2-1) was dealt the loss against Benedict.

Lady Barons freshman April Meeks was selected to the All-Tournament Team, and coach Jason Bryant also mentioned senior Ali Furgala and Nicole Behning, sophomore Ashleigh Marr, Gomme, Hamilton and MacLeod as big contributors during the seven-game run.

"Everyone played a huge part in getting us six wins over the weekend," said Bryant, whose team began the week with a pair of 2-1 defeats to Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play on March 31.

The first game was in eight innings, with the Lady Eagles rallying after Brewton-Parker had scored the game's first run in the top of the eighth.

The Lady Barons (5-7 conference) had their GACC home doubleheader Tuesday against Faulkner postponed to April 19.

Brewton-Parker takes to the road for conference twin bills Friday at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C., and Saturday at NAIA No. 19 ranked North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

The Lady Barons continue their GACC schedule with a doubleheader Tuesday, April 15, at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus and plays Wesleyan at home April 17 in a 2 p.m. twin bill.