published Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

UTC signs elite Australian golfer

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf coach Colette Murray announced Tuesday the signing of Emily McLennan, one of the top junior players in Australia. The Queensland resident has been in the top five of her nation's girls rankings the last three years, and she attended the same golf academy as PGA Tour player Jason Day. She won the Tasmanian Girls Masters in 2010 and 2011 and the New Caledonia Open, a professional event, in 2011. She has been the Queensland captain in the Australian Teams Junior Championship since turning 15 and was undefeated in her state's team triumph in 2011. "I am excited about Emily. She is one of those you get that you are just over the moon about," Murray said in an UTC release. "Wonderful individual ... she's really excited about coming here and making a difference." The coach added that McLennan "has a great playing resume. ... I'm just really excited about what she can potentially do for this program."

SOFTBALL

• KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Tennessee Wesleyan's surge to a share of the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season softball championship was done with only two first-team all-conference players, but it got Toby Brooks elected by his peers as coach of the year. Reinhardt's Maddie Monroe from Calhoun, Ga., was the pitcher of the year, and sophomore outfielder Brooke Ward from Soddy-Daisy and sophomore first baseman Stacie Nelson from Florida were Wesleyan's All-AAC selections. Reinhardt had seven first-team all-conference picks; Milligan, the other tri-champion, had four. TWC originally was seeded first for the conference tournament that started Tuesday, but it was reseeded with a different way of counting forfeits, so Brooks' Lady Bulldogs became third-seeded and then had to rally to beat sixth seed Bryan 9-8 in the opening round. TWC (21-20) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull off its 11th consecutive win. Ward was 3-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored, and Brandi Lasley drove in three runs while Ashley Bryson and Sunni Jackson had two RBIs apiece and Nelson went 2-for-3 for the winners. Rachel Kirby was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Kristina Bailey also had two hits for Bryan (15-39), and Katie Vaughn was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Bryan plays Montreat in a losers-bracket game today at 11 a.m., and TWC faces Reinhardt at 5 p.m. Bryson, Brittany Kilduff and Rachele Moretto were TWC All-AAC second-teamers; Kirby, Britney Hurst, Kirstie Jennings, Lauren Mathews and Taylor Yates were Bryan second-teamers.

• UT-Martin senior Chelsea Jones from Tullahoma was the Ohio Valley Conference softball pitcher of the week after going 2-0 with a save against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Morehead State. She did not allow an earned run last week and struck out 11 batters in 12 2/3 innings. At 22-6 this season, she has 50 career victories, one short of the school record.

BASEBALL

• Covenant College improved its baseball record to 21-17 by beating Hiwassee 11-0 and 10-1 Tuesday. Keith Rice pitched a five-inning three-hitter in the first game, when Sterling Witt and James Rollins each was 2-for-2 and drove in three and two runs for the Scots and Paul Phillips was 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs. Witt, David Lockwood and K.C. Simons each scored two runs. Rollins homered and batted in two runs in game two, when his brother Chris was 2-for-3 along with Lockwood, Jonathan Carter and Will Cleland. Carter and Cleland had two RBIs apiece, and Carter and Lockwood each scored twice. Micah Mabe and Demarius Johnson combined to pitch a four-hitter. Austin Below was 2-for-3 with the RBI for Hiwassee (11-27).

• DAYTON, Tenn. -- Shane Clawson was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs and Quirino Captintog also homered and drove in three runs as the Bryan College baseball team beat visiting Tennessee Temple 11-1 on Tuesday. Kevin Layne was 2-for-2 with a homer, a double and three runs scored, and Doug Stroup stole two bases and scored twice for Bryan (36-16). Brandon Davis was 2-for-3 for Temple.

Auto Racing

• A "double down" bonus was paid out for the second weekend in a row as Jason Welshan of Maryville won the Limited Late Model/Crate races Friday at Boyd's Speedway and Saturday at Cleveland Speedway. The official second-place finisher in the 30-lap Cleveland event was Justin Litchford, with John Ownbey, Brian Pritchard and Craig Burrows completing the top five. Jordan Rodabaugh, Lee Harbin and Danny Burnett were the A-Hobby, B-Hobby and Pony/FWD victors, with Brandon Stanfield, Jason Brown and Nick Perry their respective runners-up.

VOLLEYBALL

• The Choo Choo City 17/Black volleyball team won the AAU Super Regional over the weekend in Birmingham, Ala. Team members are Baylor's Megan Kaylor, Madeline Rose and Rachel Travis; East Hamilton's Kennedy Fager; GPS's Sara Griffith and Sadie Lett; Red Bank's Ansley Helton and Savannah Nelson; and Sale Creek's Erin Hill. The head coach is Michael Pittman, assisted by Emily Lawson and Jessica Hale. The team will be competing in the AAU national tournament at the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in June near Orlando, Fla.

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