Athletes Beyond Bartow update for week ending March 19


The week for local collegiate athletes included strong performances from Tyler Washington, Sean McDermott, Michael Goss, Carrington Evans, and Brandon Etheridge on the baseball diamond.


In softball, local players at Reinhardt University and Georgia Highlands posted solid performances. Taylor Braselton and Taylor Weeks with the Lady Eagles and Lauren Womack with the Chargers.


Peyton Gollhofer earned a pair of wins on the tennis courts for Ball State University and Blake Perry added a nice track and field performance for Jacksonville State University.


Meanwhile, Cumberland University wrestler Evan Cole was named NAIA Scholar Athlete.

 

BASEBALL




ELLIOTT ANDERSON — Auburn University (Freshman, LHP, Cartersville HS). . . threw two innings in a 10-1 win over Jacksonville State last Wednesday and allowed three hits, but no runs, striking out one working the seventh and eighth innings. He threw 18 of his 25 pitches for strikes. Anderson, with only one poor outing, has a 13.50 ERA, but has multiple solid performances in six appearances out of the bullpen. He has thrown 4.2 innings and has four strikeouts. The Tigers (17-5, 3-0 SEC) play at Georgia Tech Tuesday and return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a series at Georgia.


BRANDON ETHERIDGE — Limestone College (Junior, OF, Cass HS). . . went 2-for-8 with two runs scored, an RBI and a hit by pitch in a three-game series last weekend with 20th-ranked North Greenville. He started all three games in right field. He is carrying a .271 batting average in 59 at bats with 11 runs scored and nine RBIs. He has played in 22 games and started 17. He has also pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The Saints (15-12, 5-7 Conference Carolinas) host Francis Marion in Wednesday in non-conference action before returning a conference series at Southern Wesleyan Friday and Saturday.



CARRINGTON EVANS — Augusta University (Freshman, OF, Cartersville HS). . .(photo right) was 2-for-13 with a run and an RBI this past week but still carries a .361 batting average. He has scored 10 runs with five RBIs in 12 games played that includes six starts. The Jaguars (10-14, 4-8 Peach Belt Conference) play a three-game set vs. Armstrong State Friday and Saturday at Augusta’s minor league Lake Olmstead Stadium.



MICHAEL GOSS — UNC-Greensboro (R-Senior, 1B, Cartersville HS). . . went 5-for-10 with an extra-base hit in each game in three starts last weekend as the Spartans swept a four-game series with visiting Lafayette. He also drew a pair of walks, scored three runs, and drove in a pair. His batting average is up to .306 with 14 RBIs in 62 at bats. UNCG (12-8) entertains North Carolina A&T Wednesday at First National Bank Field (Class A Grasshoppers’ home) and will begin Southern Conference play by hosting Western Carolina Friday through Sunday in a three game series.


SEAN McDERMOTT — Cleveland State CC (Sophomore, 1B, Adairsville HS). . . the Mercer University commit was 5-for-14 last week with a pair of homers, a double, and four RBIs in five starts (one as DH). McDermott’s batting average has soared to .395 with a .671 slugging percentage that includes five home runs and 22 RBIs. Cleveland State (16-7, 5-4 TCCAA) is on the road this week at Tusculum College JV for a doubleheader Wednesday and a conference three-game series at Columbia State CC Friday and Saturday.



JO JO UNDERWOOD — UNC-Greensboro (Senior, INF, Cartersville HS). . . made appearances as a reserve in three of the Spartans’ four games and series sweep of Lafayette last weekend. He was 0-for-3 at the plate and is now 4-for-26 on the season with a home run, a double, and three RBIs. UNCG (12-8) entertains North Carolina A&T Wednesday at First National Bank Field (Class A Grasshoppers’ home) and will begin Southern Conference play by hosting Western Carolina Friday through Sunday in a three game series.



TYLER WASHINGTON — Young Harris College (Junior, OF, Adairsville HS). . . Continuing as the Mountain Lions’ hottest hitter, Washington was 7-for-11 in a three-game Peach Belt Conference series with Francis Marion last weekend. He added three runs, two walks, a double, and two RBIs with three starts in left field. His average is up to .426 with a .500 slugging percentage and eight RBIs. He is currently among the top five hitters for batting average in his conference. Young Harris won two of three games with previously nationally ranked FMU to improve to 8-14 on the season and 3-6 in Peach Belt play. The Mountain Lions travel to Southern Wesleyan for a non-conference game Wednesday and will host conference opponent, Georgia College for a three-game set Friday through Sunday.





BASKETBALL



EMMANUEL HOLLOWAY — UU Korihait Uusikaupunki - Finnish Pro League (G, Illinois State, Woodland HS). . . scored 11 points with a pair of assists and a blocked shot during an 87-62 loss to Kataja Basket. Holloway leads his team in scoring with a 12.5 average. Korihait (5-28) plays Salon Vilpas Wednesday and Kouvot Friday.


ADRIAN RODGERS — Malbas Oresund Malmo - Swedish Basketligan Pro (G, Cartersville native, Centennial HS, Southern University). . . saw action in two more games last week scoring 10 points with three rebounds and a steal in a 103-73 loss to Sodertalje. He followed that with 11 points and three assists in a 102-55 loss to Norrkoping. Last place Malbas Oresund Malmo (3-27) wraps up the season at Boras Basket Thursday and at BC LF Lulea the following Tuesday.





SOFTBALL


BETHANY BALLARD — Armstrong State University (Senior, 1B, Cass HS). . . had a single in her only at bat Sunday during a 6-0 win over Flagler College. She is 2-for-5 for the season in limited action. The Lady Pirates (17-6, 7-1) are leading their conference and play at USC-Aiken Tuesday, host UNC-Pembroke Saturday and entertain Francis Marion University Sunday in a trio of Peach Belt Conference doubleheaders.



TAYLOR BRASELTON — Reinhardt University (Senior, SS, Woodland HS). . . went 3-for-5 with four runs scored, two walks, two RBIs, and swiped a base last Friday in a doubleheader sweep of Talladega College. Braselton leads the team in hitting and is the regular starting shortstop. The Lady Eagles (25-9, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday out of conference and host conference foe, Montreat College, Saturday in doubleheaders.



SYDNEY FLOWERS — Reinhardt University (Senior, OF, Woodland HS). . . pinch ran in the first game of a doubleheader against Talladega on Friday, and then went 1-for-1 with a run scored while playing right field in the second game. Flowers has played in 15 games this year, starting four, and is 4-for-26 with six walks, six runs scored and five RBIs. The Lady Eagles (25-9, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader and host conference opponent, Montreat College, Saturday in a doubleheader.


CASSIDY HOWREN — Reinhardt University (Junior, C, Adairsville HS). . .was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base last Friday during a doubleheader sweep of non-conference Talladega College. Howren has a .235 batting average with three RBIs in 29 starts. The Lady Eagles (25-9, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader and host conference opponent, Montreat College, Saturday in a doubleheader.


SYDNEY HODORFF — LaGrange College (Sophomore, INF, Woodland HS). . . was 2-for-11 in four starts at third base last week for the Panthers. LaGrange split a doubleheader with Greensboro College at home last Saturday and fell twice to Averett University. LaGrange (5-15, 4-8 Southern Athletic Association) plays conference doubleheaders at Methodist University (NC) Saturday and at Meredith College (NC) Sunday.


HUNTER IRVIN — Reinhardt University (Sophomore, OF, Cartersville HS). . . entered as a defensive sub to play right field in the first game of a doubleheader with Talladega College last Friday. She has a double and a walk in limited at bats this season. The Lady Eagles (25-9, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader and host conference opponent, Montreat College, Saturday in a doubleheader.


TAYLOR WAITS — Brewton-Parker College (Freshman, OF, Cartersville HS). . . was 0-for-2 in only one game played last week vs. Middle Georgia State. She has appeared in eight games this season with a pair of hits in only 11 at bats. She has drawn a walk and scored twice. The Lady Barons (8-19, 3-5 Southern States Athletic Conference) have road doubleheaders Friday at Mobile University and at William Carey University (MS) Saturday.


TAYLOR WEEKS — Reinhardt University (Senior, OF, Adairsville HS). . . went 2-for-5 with two walks, two RBIs, scored four runs, and added a pair of walks in a doubleheader with Talladega College last Friday. Her batting average is up to .410 with 18 RBIs. The Lady Eagles (25-9, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader and host conference opponent, Montreat College, Saturday in a doubleheader.




LAUREN WOMACK — Georgia Highlands College (Sophomore, SS, Cass HS). . . went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored for the Chargers last week in two games. She is now hitting .280 on the season with nine RBIs and nine runs scored in 75 at bats. GHC (25-8, 9-5 GCAA) is only a half-game behind Georgia Military for lead in the conference. The Chargers play out of conference Tuesday at Thomas University (GA) JV at will return to league play Saturday at Gordon State CC.



ANNALYN YANTIS — Samford University (Sophomore, P, Cartersville HS). . . tossed a shutout inning of relief in an 8-4 victory over Western Illinois Sunday at the UT-Martin tournament. She allowed only one hit and fanned one batter. With four appeareances this season, she has allowed four runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout in 3 and 1/3 innings. The Lady Bulldogs (10-19, 1-3 Southern Conference) play a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at Austin Peay and will host a three-game, conference series with Furman University Saturday and Sunday.






TENNIS



PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Sophomore, Cartersville resident, Laurel Springs Academy). . . teamed with doubles partner Carmen Blanco for a 6-2 win at Line 1 Wednesday during a 7-0 defeat of Butler. On Sunday, she won her Line 1 singles match with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 decision as the Lady Cards topped Oakland University 6-1. Gollhofer is now 5-4 in singles — usually holding down Line 1. She is also 6-3 in doubles play this season. Ball State (12-2) plays non-conference matches at Western Michigan University Friday and at Northern Illinois University Sunday.





TRACK & FIELD



AUBREE COLE — Jacksonville State University (Freshman, Cartersville HS). . . finished 37th out of 62 athletes in the 5000 meters at Saturday’s Emory Invitational, running 20:35. The Gamecocks won the team title for their second victory in a row and will compete next at the Montevallo University (AL) Falcon Invitational on Friday.


SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Sophomore, Kingston resident, Darlington HS). . .placed fifth and ran a 15:10.31 mark in the 5000 meters as the Lynx hosted the Rhodes College Invitational last weekend. The next meet for Rhodes will be in St. Louis at the Washu Invitational March 31.




BLAKE PERRY — Jacksonville State University (Junior, Cartersville HS). . . placed fourth in the 100M hurdles with a time of 14.81 at the Emory Invitational last Saturday in Atlanta. She was also ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.14 meters. The Gamecocks won the team title for their second victory in a row and will compete next at the Montevallo University (AL) Falcon Invitational on Friday.








WRESTLING



EVAN COLE — Cumberland University (Junior, Cartersville HS) . . . was named a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete by the NAIA. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award.

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