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Rams clinch fourth straight title

April 17, 2004

Columbia, South Carolina--The Albany State University Golden Rams baseball team won its fourth consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) title by defeating the Paine College Lions, 13-5, in the championship game.

ASU's Cedric Gibson hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to clinch the victory for the Rams. Gibson also had solo homer in the sixth inning.

The Golden Rams, who were undeated in the tournament, beat LeMoyne Owen, 9-5; Miles College, 4-0; and Paine, 11-3; to earn a berth in the championship game. Paine defeated Miles, 5-0, in the semi-final game. The Golden Rams finished the 2004 season with a 25-12 overall record.

ASU's shorstop Eric Jones was named to the All-Tournament Team and was the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Others named to the All-Tournament Team include Federick West (designated hitter) and Anthony Hunter (pitcher). Head Coach Edward Taylor was named Most Outstanding Tournament Coach.

Albany State also had players named to the 2004 All-SIAC First Team, including catcher Keaton Smith and outfielder Cedric Gibson. Gibson earned the SIAC Newcomer of the Year Award. Third baseman Wesley Bowers and pitcher Tyrell Moore were named to the All-SIAC Second Team.

Paine College's Starling Odoms of Albany was named the 2004 SIAC Player of the Year and was named to the All-SIAC First Team.

 SOFTBALL

The Albany State University Softball Team finished in second place after losing, 6-7 in game one and 13-6, in game two to Benedict College in the 2004 SIAC Softball Championship Game series.

The Lady Rams defeated Lane College, 21-1, and upset the defending SIAC champions, Kentucky State, 8-0 during the tournament. ASU beat Benedict 4-2, sending the Lady Tigers to the loser's bracket to face Kentucky State.

The Lady Tigers beat KSU, 5-3, before advancing to the championship games. ASU finished the season with a 24-39-1 record. ASU's outfielder Cydney Smith, third baseman Sonya Johnson and first baseman April MacNeil were named to the All-Tournament team. MacNeil, Johnson and pitcher Corina Garcia were named to the 2004 All-SIAC Second Team.

TRACK AND FIELD

 ASU men's Track and Field Team won the Men's Outdoor T/F Title with 287 total points. The Lady Rams finished in second place with 257 total points, behind Fort Valley's Lady Wildcats.

Posted at 12:00am by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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