Gordon State College currently participates in six intercollegiate sports – three for women and three for men. Women's sports include cross country, soccer, and fast-pitch softball while men compete in cross country, basketball, and baseball. Gordon State College also offers swimming as a club sport for women and men.
Baseball March 27
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Georgia Perimeter 6 p.m.
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Gordon State College is looking for a fresh start to this weekend's baseball series with Georgia Perimeter. However, none of the three conference series already played by the Highlanders have swung in favor of GSC. If Tuesday's opening game with the Jaguars was any indication, the bats must come alive or the same results may be looming for Head Coach Travis McClanahan's squad. Georgia Perimeter took Game One in decisive manner as two big innings turned into a 13 - 6 win at Barnesville. The series now moves to Covington as the two teams begin Game Two at 6 p.m. on Friday and will conclude with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tonight's contest will be broadcast live by Georgia Perimeter College at the following link: http://www.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?ptype=sl&id=482495F13B
It was another battle to the end on Thursday as Gordon State College went toe-to-toe with league leader Georgia Military College. The game would take one extra inning to decide but it was the Bulldogs that eventually walked away with a 3 - 2 victory in Game One. It was a tough loss for the Highlanders and also for pitcher Katie Jo Goodwin. She pitched 7.1 solid innings for Gordon State scattering eight hits along with two unearned runs on the day. At the plate, sophomore Mallory O'Kelley led GSC with three hits and had two stolen bases.
Game Two saw the Highlanders out hit Georgia Military 10 to 8 but five walks by Reba Williams may have been the difference. GMC managed to sweep the doubleheader in Milledgeville with an 8 - 1 decision. Mallory O'Kelley, Abbey Garner, and Hailey Burnham each had two hits a piece for the Highlanders. The only score for Gordon State came on a home run by Burnham as she continues to break her own record in this category. However, there's no time to look back as GSC travels to Douglas, Georgia, on Saturday for another conference doubleheader with South Georgia State College. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Tuesday seemed to be a great day if you were a former Gordon State College baseball player. Tyler Hutch and Devin Bonin each hit a home run for their respective schools while Grant Massey recorded two hits in a key crosstown rivalry against Belmont University. Hutch hit a leadoff homer for the University of West Georgia as the Wolves edged North Georgia 7 - 6. On the same day, Devin Bonin blasted a solo shot for Mercer as the Bears handled the University of Georgia 12 - 8 in Athens. Another former standout Grant Massey collected two hits for Lipscomb University en route to a 10 - 9 victory over Belmont in Nashville. All totaled, the trio of Highlanders combined for six hits, four RBI's, and two home runs.
Down by 10 points with 3:30 remaining, it didn't look like Murray State (KY) University had a shot at getting back in the game against Old Dominion University. With New York City in their sights, the Racers roared back and tied the game on a three-pointer by MSU's Jeffery Moss with 3.5 seconds left on the clock. It looked like the game was going to overtime until the impossible happened. ODU's Trey Freeman hit a 30-foot bank shot at the buzzer to win the game 72 - 69 and send the Monarchs (27 - 7) to the NIT semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden. The Highlanders own Jarvis Williams had 15 points and closed out his career as a Racer winning 52 games in his two seasons at Murray State.
As a team, they enjoyed their 28th consecutive winning season, which is the fourth-best streak in the nation. MSU (29 - 6) fell short of their third 30-win season since 2010 and finished with the third best win total in the 90 years of the program. They had the nation's second-longest win streak during the season at 25. The Racers were the first team at MSU, and just the fifth in 67 seasons of OVC hoops, to run the table in the conference going 16 - 0. Murray State University rose again into the national rankings when they were No. 24 in the USA Today poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press. MSU also had the nation's top road win total of 12 including a run of 11 straight that ended at ODU. Congratulations Jarvis on a great collegiate career!
The National Invitational Tournament is down to eight teams and Murray State (KY) University is one of them. Former Gordon men's basketball standout Jarvis Williams and the Racers travel to Old Dominion for a shot at the NIT's version of the Final Four in New York. The game will be televised live tonight by ESPN 2 with the tip-off set for 7 p.m. (EST). MSU is fresh off of their 83 - 62 victory on Monday at the University of Tulsa. The Racers will face a Monarch squad that is 26 - 7 and is the #1 seed in the lower portion of the bracket. Individually, Williams has played a big role in the first two NIT contests. He was the leading scorer in Game One with 25 points and he posted 15 points in Game Two against the Golden Hurricane. The winner advances to the semifinals in New York on March 31 while the loser concludes their 2015 basketball season. Go Jarvis!
Former Gordon Head Men's Basketball Coach Tony Ingle, Sr. picked up his second national championship on Tuesday in Kansas City. Now the head coach for Dalton State (GA), the Roadrunners beat Westmont (CA) 71 - 53 for the 2015 NAIA Division I National Championship. DSC won five straight games to capture the title in its first appearance. Ingle claimed his first national crown as head coach of Kennesaw State University in 2004.
Ingle's college coaching career began at Gordon where he restarted the men's program in 1985 after it had been dormant for over a decade. The Dalton native posted a 61 - 32 record in three seasons and led the team to the NJCAA Region XVII championship game in his final year on campus. His son Israel would follow in his dad's footsteps and take the reins of the program approximately 20 years later to create his own successful stint. The 2012 squad won the region championship tournament game over Georgia Perimeter College and went on to represent the state in the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas. Congratulations Ingle family!
There's no doubt former Gordon State College standout Jarvis Williams will be ready for Round Two of the National Invitational Tournament. After his 25 points and 14 rebounds in the NIT opener against UTEP, Murray State (KY) University will be counting on him to lead the charge once again in the second round of the nation's oldest basketball tournament. The Racers invade the Donald W. Reynolds Center Monday for a clash with the University of Tulsa. The game can be seen locally on ESPN at 9 p.m. (EST). MSU is the #3 seed and sports an impressive 28 - 5 record while Tulsa is the #2 seed bringing a solid 23 - 10 mark into the contest. Williams notched his 12th double-double of the season in the first round of the NIT and will be looking for #13 against the Golden Hurricane. The winner of tonight's game will advance to the third round on Wednesday while the loser is eliminated. Good Luck Racers and Go Jarvis!
Saturday's softball doubleheader between Gordon State College and ABAC was a battle to the end. It was full of great plays, amazing catches and incredible drama throughout the afternoon. In Game One, GSC jumped out to a quick 2 - 0 lead in the first inning and a solid start to the conference matchup. The Fillies would add two runs of their own in the top of the third to even the score 2 - 2. However, the Highlanders responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame to secure a 4 - 2 advantage. In the fourth, Reba Williams replaced Katie Jo Goodwin on the mound and soon found herself in trouble when ABAC loaded the bases. Two costly walks contributed to a four-run inning for the Fillies as they would go on to shut down GSC 6 - 4 in the first contest. Mallory O'Kelley and Abby Williams each had two hits a piece for the Highlanders while Abbey Garner produced three RBI's in the game.
Determined to return the favor, Gordon State College won Game Two in dramatic fashion. Right fielder Mallory O'Kelley made an amazing catch when she reached over the fence to rob the Fillies of a sure home run and Kayla Yunker's shot in the bottom of the sixth inning were the keys to the game. These two highlights along with a "never quit" attitude helped the Highlanders split the series with a well played 5 - 4 victory in the final contest of the day. On offense, sophomore Hailey Burnham was perfect at the plate for GSC as she picked up three hits in Game Two.
It has been a challenging season so far for Head Coach Travis McClanahan and the Gordon State College baseball team. The Highlanders have struggled to find the hitting and pitching GSC has been known for in previous years. It was never more apparent as in Tuesday's home game with ABAC as the Stallions won a lopsided victory 10 - 3. Gordon State must find a way to win if they want to contend for the conference title and a few victories this weekend could make the difference. The Highlanders get their chance Friday as they travel to Tifton for a single game at 5 p.m. with ABAC. The all-important conference series concludes on Saturday with a noon doubleheader. Go Gordon!
It was just a matter of time for Hailey Burnham to break the home run record. The sophomore from Piedmont Academy had already tied former standout Karson King's record of 15 set in 2012. That has all changed now and Burnham can claim it all by herself. However, the hits keep coming and the records keep falling for her. In a doubleheader against Thomas University, she hit home run #16 in Game One while home run #17 came in Game Two. On Wednesday, #18 took place in the first game as the Highlanders soundly defeated Truett-McConnell College 12 - 1. Her next opportunity to surpass her current total will be Saturday as Gordon State College welcomes ABAC to Barnesville for a 1 p.m. conference doubleheader. Admission is FREE and concessions will be available.