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Spring Sports Round-up

Rush fires no hitter as Tech beats UNC

So far there have been no freshman jitters for former ELCA pitcher and current Georgia Tech pitcher hope Rush.

Sunday afternoon, Rush fired her first career no-hitter as the No. 12-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the No. 20-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 5-0 in a key ACC battle.

Rush, who led ELCA to three straight Class A state titles during her high school career, finished Sunday's game with four strikeouts and four walks.

The Yellow Jacket freshman also pitched the first-game of the three-game series on Satujrday, striking out three. She also had a big day at the plate.

Rush went 3-for-5 at the plate and hit two home runs and had five RBIs. She has smacked 10 homers for the season.

Teammate and former Union Grove star Catlin Jordan's college career is also off to a fast start. The freshman is third on the team in hitting with a .340 average and five home runs. She has 19 RBIs.

In the first game against the Tar Heels, Jordan went 3-for-5 with 5 RBis. In the second game of the series, won by North Carolina, Jordan went 1-for-3.

Georgia Tech moved its softball record to 24-4 and 2-1 in the ACC.

--Doug Gorman

From Staff Reports

The Clayton State Laker men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2010 outdoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Emory Invitational and, in turn, earned its first NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time.

That came in the women's 400-meter hurdles, where the Lakers' Keisha Etienne won the event with a time of 1:02.69 minutes, earning an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying spot. That turned out to be the lone victory for Clayton State as the Laker women finished sixth with 52 points and the Laker men tied for ninth with 16 points.

Overall, the Laker women recorded 10 Top 10 finishes.

In addition to Etienne, senior Natasha Gass recorded some big points with a second-place finish in the women's long jump in 16-9.25 feet, while Gass also placed fourth in the triple jump in 32-9.75 and Omotayo Adeshigbin finished fourth in the high jump in 4-7.75 feet. The Lakers also had a fifth-place finish from Natalia Valentine in the high jump (4-6) and from Etienne in the 800-meter run (2:23.52).

Monique Belmudes placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:23.93) and Haili Hoffman finished eighth in the javelin (84-4). The Lakers also garnered a fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (4:05.35) and a fifth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay (9:53.20).

On the men's side, Clayton State recorded nine Top 10 finishes. Chuks Chinukwue placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.01 seconds for the highest individual Laker finisher. Shelby Russell (50.86) and Edlin Veras (50.94) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash, while Demetrius Stinson placed ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.68).

In addition, Ayrton Azcue placed eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:56.75, while Tobi Adedayo finished ninth in the long jump (19-3.50) and Veras also placed ninth in the 200-meter dash (23.23). The Lakers got a fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:21.39) and a fourth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay (8:03.21).

Clayton State competes again at Emory on Friday and Saturday (March 26-27) at the Emory Classic.