SSU Baseball Holds Golf Tournament
The Savannah State baseball team held their third annual golf tournament on September 29 at the Bacon Park Golf Course.
The team of George Rhea, Lance Rhea, Wes Wiggins and Brian Tanner won first place while the team of Brandon Whitmore, Brad Welch, Tim Krisniski and John Smiley captured second place. Coming in third place was the team of Jack May, Matt Oglesby, Todd Hagen and Chris Arnold.
Oglesby won closest to the pin and Rex Davis won the longest drive competition.
The SSU baseball team is currently working towards renovating their cages and pitching development area so proceeds from the tournament will assist with those projects.
Tournament sponsors included Regency Tile, Freddie Miller Insurance Agency, Savannah Electric and Construction, Tee Wheels Mobile Golf Cart Sales and Service, The UPS Store #2731, Savannah Yoga Barre, Mr. Cash, Osteen Law Group, Loc’s Chicken and Waffles II, Jelly Beans Therapies, Jalapeno’s, Smitty’s Bail Bonds, Century 21 Solomon Properties, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, The Wyld Dock Bar, Kevin McCarthy Inc, BMR Logistics Inc., A Brighter Day Bail Bond Inc., Bert Wetherington Chiropractic, Clinic, NY Diamond Mom, Interstate Battery System, Rincon Chevrolet and Bacon Park Golf Course.
Former SSU Tennis Coach Laid to Rest
Funeral services were held for former Savannah State tennis coach Dr. Karry Hathaway on October 6 at Greater Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in Milner, Georgia. Hathaway, 49, died on October 2 at Atlanta Medical Center.
The Barnesville, Georgia native coached the SSU women’s tennis team in the 1992 and ‘93 where they finished as conference runner-ups in the SIAC. After leaving Savannah State, Hathaway continued his education and earned a master’s degree in 1997 from the University of Georgia and a Phd from Georgia State in 2007.
He taught English at various schools since leaving SSU such as Georgia Perimeter, Prince George’s Community College, Columbia State Community College and Gordon State. From 2010-15, he served as dean of students at Harford Community College. he returned to Barnesville in 2016 and started working at Gordon State.
Hathaway, who was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, was buried in O’Neal Cemetery.
McGowin Joins Washington Nationals
Former Savannah State baseball player Kyle McGowin was called up from the minor leagues in early September to play for the Washington Nationals. With the Nationals out of the playoff picture, the Nationals used McGowin in the bullpen and in the starting rotation.
Of the five games he pitched in, his best game was against the Miami Marlins where he drew the start and pitched four innings and struck out four batters while giving up just one hit before leaving the game with a blister on his finger. McGowin finished the regular season with a 5.87 earned run average. The 26 year old pitched 7.2 innings. He gave up 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 home runs and 5 walks while striking out 8 batters.
SSU 23 Charleston Southern 3
Playing the second game of a four game home stand, Savannah State (1-4 ) snapped a four game losing skid with a 23-3 win over Charleston Southern in a game played at T. A. Wright Stadium on October 6.
The 2,970 fans in attendance saw an aggressive Tiger defense that limited CSU to 123 yards of offense and no touchdowns.
The SSU defense forced turnovers that set up the Tiger offense for short yardage scoring drives. The longest SSU scoring drive was just 32 yards.
A interception by Donald Rutledge set up a touchdown run by quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons in the first quarter and a fumble recovery by Stefen Banks set up a touchdown run by Jaylen McCloud in the second quarter for a 14-0 advantage. SSU led 14-3 at the half.
Charleston Southern’s offense was charged with a safety in the fourth quarter which gave SSU a 16-3 lead. The final score of the game came when CSU turned the ball over on downs at their own 12. It took Savannah State just two plays to score as Mc- Cloud scored on a five yard run for a 23-3 lead. SSU’s offense produced just 224 yards and 213 of those yards came on the ground. Gibbons had 68 yards rushing while Aaron Robinson had seven tackles and two sacks for the defense.