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Bulldogs prep for 2nd spring scrimmage Saturday

The South Carolina State Bulldogs will conduct their second spring scrimmage Saturday in a 10 a.m. session on Willie E. Jeffries Field inside Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium.

The Bulldogs wrapped up their 11th workout session of the spring on Friday in a 4 p.m. practice in full gear.

SC State will end spring drills with the annual Garnet and Blue spring game April 13. The contest kicks off at noon, at O.C. Dawson Stadium and admission is free.

Prior to the game on Friday the South Carolina State Class of 1975 will host its annual A Night Of Legends of Jazz at the Orangeburg Country Club, Friday, April 12th from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $125 per person can be paid at the South Carolina State Ticket Office at (803) 536-8303.

All proceeds will support the Lift-A-Bulldog Program. Sponsorships are available upon request.

Claflin baseball hosts Virginia State

The Claflin University baseball team will host Virginia State University in a 4-game series this weekend at Mirmow Field.

The series will consist of doubleheaders on Saturday (Apr. 6) and Sunday (Apr. 7), with the first game starting at 1 p.m. each day, followed by the second game approximately 20 minutes after the completion of the openers.

This will be the second series meeting between the two programs since Claflin moved up to the NCAA Division II ranks. Virginia State claimed a 2-1 series win in Orangeburg last season. In that series, the Panthers took the opener 9-3, but the Trojans bounced back to win the last two games, 4-3 and 14-13.

This season, Claflin is 17-10 following a sweep of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Morehouse College last weekend at home. The victories ran the Panthers record at Mirmow Field to 13-8 this season. Claflin will host rival Benedict College in mid-week games (April 10 and 22).

The Trojans are 11-12 with a four-game losing streak, thanks to Winston-Salem State University, which just swept a pair of doubleheaders (6-5, 9-6, 7-6, and 3-2) from VSU.

The Panthers offense is led by Eric McElveen, Gerardic Dobbs and Craig Hopkins. The trio has generated a combined total of 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 70 RBI along with a .404 (108-for-267) batting average. McElveen leads the group with a .407 batting average that includes four home runs and 25 RBI; followed by Dobbs, who’s hitting .406 along with 26 RBI, while Hopkins is batting .400 at the plate, five homers and 29 RBI.

The Claflin pitching staff is led by a pair of southpaws in Dillon Parker and Makai Holloway, along with right-hander Cleveland Westbrook, all with four wins apiece. Holloway (4-1) holds a 1.86 ERA average with 26 strike outs, Parker (4-1) has posted a 3.23 ERA in 47.1 innings and 36 strike outs, while Westbrook leads the team in strike outs at 54 in 47.1 innings with a 4.56 ERA.

The leading hitters for the Trojans are Jahleel Sewer with a batting average of .366 with two home runs and 16 RBI followed by Kevin Russell at .346, two home runs and a team-high 22 RBI.

Jarren Norman is the top win-loss pitcher for Virginia State with a 3-1 record.

Claflin softball hosts Winston-Salem State

The Claflin University softball team will close out its home Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) schedule Saturday when they host Winston-Salem State University in the battle of the unbeatens. The conference doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg.

The Lady Panthers, who have one additional home game versus Augusta on Apr. 23, will honor the eight members of the senior class in a pre-game ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

Claflin, which is having its best season under head coach Marty Kinard, brings a 26-13 overall record into the doubleheader.  The Lady Panthers are winners of six straight and 18 of their last 19 games.

Winston-Salem State enters the doubleheader with a 24-4 overall record.

Both Claflin and the Rams are undefeated in CIAA competition at 12-0 and are vying for sole possession of the CIAA Southern Division.

 In their last outing, Claflin swept Saint Augustine’s 7-0 and 10-1, in a CIAA Southern Division double header on Wednesday (Apr. 3)

 Kayla Cato finished the day 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, three runs and an RBI while Chaston Huntly went 3-for-5, with a triple, four runs and three RBIs.

 Jada Ames finished with three hits including two doubles and a triple along with three RBIs while Chelise Morman went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs-triple.

 On the season, Cato leads the Lady Panthers with a .398 batting average, 43 runs, 43 hits, including 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 9 home runs, along with 42 RBIs.

 The freshman pitching duo of Shaniya Thomas and Bre’Zhay Chambers lead the Lady Panthers on the mound.  Thomas has an ERA of 1.89, with 85 strikeouts and a 9-0 record while Chambers has a 12-6 record with a 2.90 ERA, and 68 strikeouts.

 Winston-Salem State is led by Daija Chambers with a .526 batting average with 29 runs, 40 hits (8 home runs).  Erica Davis, who played her freshman season at Claflin, is batting .507 with 21 runs, 34 hits (4 home runs).

 The Rams are led on the mound by Davis who has a 2.21 ERA and an 11-3 win-loss record.

Claflin will hit the road for its next four contests, beginning Sunday at Shaw University.

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