Surry Named To Preseason All-Conference Team

Atlanta, Ga.—Clark Atlanta University Panther Johnny Surry was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Baseball Preseason All-Conference team, as released by the conference recently.

The junior catcher from Atlanta, Georgia, finished last season with a .387 batting average in 75 plate appearances with two home-runs and 25 runs batted in, while maintaining a strong defensive presence behind the plate.

This honor adds to the list of Surry's accomplishments over the last year, as he was also nominated as an honoree for the Peach of an Athlete Award, which recognizes student-athletes in Georgia for their performance on the field and their community service efforts off of it.

Surry will look to improve his output this season as the Panthers will rely on him in all facets of the game.

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Panthers Drop Both Games In Double Header Versus Benedict

Atlanta, Ga.—The Clark Atlanta University Lady Panthers started off the double-header against the regionally ranked Benedict College Lady Tigers Jan. 29 in Epps Gymnasium, falling to the visitors 71-54. Mykala Jones led the way for CAU with 13 points, while DaVontaye Merritt led four BC players in double-figures with 14 points.

The Lady Panthers (8-9, 4-6 SIAC) started out cold in the first half, only shooting 25% (6-of-24) from the floor. This allowed the Lady Tigers to open up a 38-23 lead at the half, a deficit that Clark Atlanta would not be able to overcome.

The next game for the Lady Panthers will be at fellow Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) member Albany State, on Monday, February 2nd, in Albany, Georgia. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Men's Game

The Clark Atlanta University Panthers men's basketball team again took on the Benedict College Tigers in the second game of the double-header, but weren't able to fair much better than their counterparts, losing to BC 86-67. Joseph Hughes topped the scoreboard for the Panthers with 17 points, while Brennan Reynard was able to better him with 22 points for BC.

CAU (3-14, 2-8 SIAC) jumped out to an 6-0 lead early on, but were quickly matched by a 9-0 Benedict run. This would be the last time that the Panthers held the lead, as BC opened up a 26-point lead at the half. Clark Atlanta managed to outscore the Tigers by seven in the second half, to bring the final differential to 19.

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Lady Panthers Endure Tough Start To Softball Season

Orangeburg, S.C.—The Clark Atlanta University Lady Panthers softball team got off to a rocky start in their season opening tournament hosted by Claflin University and South Carolina State University, losing all five games over the weekend. Jessica Vason had a strong performance going 4-for-10 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBIs. Freshman Vernae Woods also chipped in with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs while going 4-for-8 in the process.

The Lady Panthers had a tough schedule as they took on two NCAA Division I teams (Alabama A&M University, South Carolina State University), two NCAA Division II teams (Virginia State University, Virginia Union University), and one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) team (Edward Waters College). Despite falling to all of these teams, CAU was within striking distance of the win in all of the games.

The first game saw the Lady Panthers (0-5) take on Division I foe Alabama A&M University, falling 10-3. Despite the final score, CAU trailed 4-3 after the top of the third inning before their opponents were able to pull away for the victory.

The second game of the weekend saw CAU take on Virginia Union University, a game they would eventually drop 13-10. Clark Atlanta would take on the role of visitors for the contest which allowed them to bat first and jump out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first frame. Virginia Union would answer back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning and would score in every inning of the game while holding off the Lady Panthers late rally.

South Carolina State University came calling for the third game, and the host team showed why they compete at the Division I level, winning 12-2. Once again, CAU would trail by only one (3-2) after the first inning, but SCSU would go on to score in every inning en route to the victory in just five innings.

The Lady Panthers hoped that a new day would change their fortunes as they went into battle with NAIA foes Edward Waters College on Saturday. Once again, Clark Atlanta was in the race for most of the game, trailing just 6-3 after two innings. However, a huge 11-run inning for the opponents in the fifth frame would give them the victory via the mercy rule.

The final game gave CAU a chance to redeem themselves and they looked as though they might do that, before eventually dropping the contest to Virginia State University, 7-5. The Lady Panthers led VSU 5-2 after the top of the fifth inning, aided by Vason's grand slam. Much the same as in their first four games, Clark Atlanta was unable to hold off their opponents in the final frames, as Virginia State would go on to score five runs over the final two innings to get the victory.

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Clark Atlanta Drops Thriller In AUC Battle

Atlanta, Ga.—The Clark Atlanta University Panthers dropped a thriller, 81-71, to Atlanta University Center (AUC) rival Morehouse College in front of a sold out crowd in Epps Gymnasium on Jan. 31. Joseph Hughes had a team and game-high 18 points for the Panthers, with Javarius Gray scoring 17 for the Maroon Tigers.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) foes battled back and forth for the entire first half, with Morehouse able to gain the upper hand right before half to open up a nine point lead at the break. A 15-to-6 run over the first four minutes of the second half for the Panthers put them right back in the mix of things, and set the tone for the battle that would ensue the rest of the way. Over the next 10-minutes of the game, neither team would lead by more than four points, as they traded baskets and defensive stops. However, over the final four minutes, Morehouse would begin to pull away with the game as the CAU shots would not fall.

The biggest difference in the contest was the ability to make baskets, as Morehouse shot 46.7% (28-of-60) from the field, while the Panthers were only able to manage 36.2% (25-of-69). Morehouse was also able to knock down 30.4% (7-23) of their three-point attempts in route to the victory.

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