Phillips' triple leads Panthers

ATLANTA -- Whitney Phillips looks to be well-prepared for the upcoming conference tournament season. The Georgia State sophomore and former Heritage infielder ripped a run-scoring triple Saturday for the only run the Panthers scored in a 4-1 loss to Hofstra in the Panthers' regular season finale.

As the No. 2 seed Panthers prepare for the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Softball Tournament -- they'll open with No. 3 seed Towson at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. -- Phillips has become a key member of the offense.

In 53 games (44 starts) during the regular season, Phillips hit .276 (35-for-127) and drove in 11 runs. She also led the team in stolen bases, swiping 15 in 18 attempts, and had a .965 fielding percentage at second base.

A Georgia State victory over Towson could mean a rematch with top-seeded Hofstra, which swept the Panthers last weekend.

Farmer continues excellent sophomore campaign

ATLANTA -- Former Rockdale pitcher Buck Farmer has made a name for himself in his second season at No. 10 Georgia Tech. The right-hander, who was scheduled to pitch Monday in a non-conference game against Illinois-Chicago, was 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts through the weekend.

Farmer, who right out of Rockdale was a 46th-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2009, has also compiled an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 72 opposing batters while walking only 22 in 711/3 innings pitched.

After wrapping up their series with Illinois-Chicago, the Yellow Jackets return home today to play another non-conference game with Savannah State, then host North Carolina for three Atlantic Coast Conference games over the weekend.

Smith, Jackson lead Andrew at the plate

CUTHBERT -- As Andrew College prepares for this weekend's Region 17 junior college baseball tournament at Georgia Perimeter College, a pair of local players are carrying the Tigers' offense.

Catchers Chunk Smith (Heritage) and Taylor Jackson (Alcovy) had the top two batting averages on the team heading into last weekend's series with Gordon College, with Smith leading the team at .343. Smith also paces the team with a .408 on-base percentage in 37 games. Jackson, a freshman has a .319 average in 32 games played.

James paces Kennesaw relay team

KENNESAW -- Former Heritage track athlete and current Kennesaw State sprinter Joshua James was the first leg on the Owls' 1,600-meter relay team that finished first at the Florida State Twilight Meet last weekend.

James and his three teammates ran in 3 minutes, 15.75 seconds, more than a second better than Samford University's quartet. James, a senior, also finished third in the 400-meter hurdles, running in 53.31.