Claflin softball splits with North Greenville

The Claflin University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday against North Greenville University, winning game one 3-1 and dropping game two 6-0 at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg.

In game one, after NGU (9-13 record) put up one run in the top of the first, Claflin (20-13 record) scored two runs in its half of the inning to take the 2-1 advantage.

The Lady Panthers put up one additional run in the bottom of the third to take the 3-1 lead.

LaKaylin Lee went 2-for-4 with two runs to lead Claflin in the win. Bre’Zhay Chambers went 4-and-2-thirds innings in picking up the win in game one. Shaniya Thomas came in for the final 2-and-a-third innings, picking up her fifth save of the season.

Game two belonged solely to NGU. The Crusaders knocked out 12 hits and held Claflin to just three in the contest.

NGU put up runs in four of seven innings. The Crusaders scored two runs each in the first and fourth, and one run each in the third and sixth innings en route to the six-run shutout.

Kadasia Damon, Chaston Huntly and Jasmine Squirewell recorded a hit each for Claflin.

LaKaylin Lee, who pitched 3-and-2-thirds innings, giving up five runs and a walk, was credited with the loss.

Claflin will return to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play Saturday, hosting Fayetteville State University in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Adden Street Field.

Bulldogs continue spring

workouts, have Pro Day

The South Carolina State football team conducted its second of 15 spring workouts in helmets during a morning sessionat Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie E. Jeffries Field on Thursday.

The Bulldogs are still in the beginning phase of installing schemes on both offense and defense.

Meanwhile, SC State had its annual Pro Day, which was held at University of South Carolina for the second straight year.

Eight Bulldogs displayed their talents in front of Pro Scouts from the National Football League (NFL). Senior defensive back Alex Brown (Lake Marion) caught the eye of scouts, running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, along with a 41-inch vertical jump.

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

Francis Marion doubles up Claflin baseball, 10-5

Francis Marion University managed to withstand a late-game rally to avenge an early-season loss by defeating Claflin University 10-5 in a mid-week contest at Mirmow Field on Wednesday.

Miss Orangeburg County 2019, Addie Ledbetter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. But the home-standing Panthers still fell to 14-9 on the season, while the Patriots improved to 18-9.

Francis Marion put up four runs in the first and two in the third to take a commanding seven-run lead after three complete innings. The Patriots put up one run each in the fourth and fifth, and two in the seventh, to take a 10-0 lead after seven innings.

Claflin bats came to life in the bottom of the eighth, as they put up five runs off three hits to cut the deficit in half. But, the Panthers were held scoreless in the final inning.

Grayland Fowler finished the game 3-for-5 with a run to pace Claflin. The Panthers also got one run each from Jalen Sprull, Gerardic Dobbs, Clyde Parker and Malik James.

Nick Pappas was the top offensive producer for Francis Marion, finishing the game with 3 runs and 3 RBI. The Patriots finished the game with three players scoring multiple runs, as Cole Hinnant and Gage Taylor finished with two runs each.

Isaac Rodgers was the winning pitcher, while Jamal Devine shouldered the loss.

Claflin will return to action Sunday in Augusta, Ga. against Paine College.

SC State opens outdoor

track season competition

The South Carolina State track and field teams will open their outdoor season Friday at the two-day (Mar. 22-23) Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern in Charleston this weekend. The competition gets underway Friday with limited field events, beginning at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, field events will also commence at 11 a.m., with track events set to start at 1 p.m.

The SC State men will be spearheaded by sprinters Tyrell Richard and Demek Kemp, both seniors, and long jumper Daniel Seawright, a sophomore of Orangeburg. Richard is the reigning MEAC and NCAA indoor 400 meter champion, while Kemp is the national indoor 60 meter champion. Seawright was the runner-up in the long jump at the 2019 MEAC Outdoor Championship.

In the women’s competition, SC State's top competitors include junior Breana Tyler in the long jump, sophomore Keturah Hunter in the hammer throw and freshman Wycasha Space in the hurdlers.

The meet is one of seven for SC State and coach Tim Langford during the outdoor season, including the MEAC Championship (May 2-4) at Greensboro, NC and the NCAA Regionals (May 15-18) at Jacksonville, Fla.

Claflin’s Huntly, Thomas earn CIAA softball weekly honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Claflin University softball player Chaston Huntly was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Softball Rookie of the Week, while teammate Shaniya Thomas earned Pitcher of the Week honors.

The weekly honors were announced by the league office on Monday. Daijah Chambers of Winston-Salem State earned Player of the Week honors while Beth Walker of Chowan University was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

This is Huntly’s second Rookie of the Week honor while Thomas earned her third straight Pitcher of the Week Honor and fourth overall.

Huntly helped lead her team to a perfect 8-0 record and 6-0 at their first-ever CIAA Round-Up last week, including a win over Chowan that snapped a 30-game CIAA win streak. She finished the week with 10 hits, recording a hit in 7 of 8 games, with 10 runs and 9 RBI. The Lexington native also recorded two doubles, one triple and a walk in 22 at-bats for the week.

Thomas was the winning pitcher of record in the Panthers’ win over Chowan that snapped its 30-game CIAA win streak. The freshman came in to pitch 4-and-2-thirds innings in relief, allowing just 4 runs with 5 strikeouts against 24 batters faced. In a win over Virginia State, the Jefferson native also pitched 3-and-a-third innings relief, allowing no runs and just a hit with 4 strikeouts to pick up the save.

For the week, Thomas pitched 19 innings, allowing 9 hits and 7 runs with 26 strikeouts. Her three wins this past week helped push her record to 6-0 on the season. Thomas also went 2-for-3 at the plate, with a home run in the win over Virginia Union.

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