Chattanooga State's softball team improved to 29-3 for the season with three wins Saturday at Niceville, Fla., in which the Lady Tigers totaled 32 hits.
Ashley Czechner got the pitching wins in a 6-1 defeat of Johnson County (Kan.) and a 12-strikeout 6-0 victory over Northwestern Iowa. Shelby Johnson was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, MeQuilla Franklin was 2-for-3 and Beth Breeden homered in the first game, and Breeden was 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Chelsea Burgess and Lacye Walker each was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in a 10-2 win over USC-Salkehatchie.
Walker homered and was the winning pitcher in that game and was 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs against Northwestern Iowa, when Johnson also was 3-for-4 and Heather Richards had a key two-run single.
• At Gulf Shores, Ala., Lee University lost 4-3 to Morningside from Iowa in the first of its three softball games Saturday at the Gulf Coast Invitational. Charlie Wooden was 2-for-3, Jennifer Ringle was 2-for-4 and Jenevieve Cena and Ana Coscorrosa had RBIs for Lee, and Jessa Watts pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Saturday night, Lee improved to 19-4 by beating Notre Dame College 7-0 on Brittany Balough's five-inning no-hitter and edging William Woods 3-2 on a Watts four-hitter with six strikeouts. Dominique Hannah was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs and Wooden was 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Notre Dame, when Kelsey Barnes drove in two runs and Ringle was 2-for-4 with two runs. Ana Coscorrosa was 2-for-4 in that game and had a three-run homer against William Woods.
• On Lookout Mountain, Covenant swept Birmingham-Southern 3-1 and 3-2 in an NCAA Division III doubleheader. Courtney Wagoner was 1-for-1 with two RBIs in game one, when Beth Harris had an RBI and a run. Harris was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs in game two, when Lauren Johns had the other RBI. Chelsea Krafft got the first pitching win and then a save for Cori Hilt.
• At Sewanee, the host Tigers lost 15-5 and 15-6 to visiting Agnes Scott and are 1-6 for the season. Sewanee's Sarah Hamilton had a two-run single following Kayla Sewell's double in the first game, when Sewell, Grace Cobbs and Codi Ellis each had two hits, and Sewell had a two-run homer and another hit in game two, when Carly Warfield was 3-for-3 with two RBI singles.
Flames take two
Roberto Reyes homered and drove in three runs in the first game and matched Blake Barber and Corey Davis with three hits in game two as Lee University completed a weekend Southern States Athletic Conference baseball sweep with 15-0 and 7-3 wins Saturday against visiting Loyola (La.).
Barber and Roberto Duran each had two RBIs and Edmanuel Rivera and Brady Renner scored three and two in the finale for the Flames (25-2-1, 12-0), ranked third in the NAIA. Barber was 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs in the first game, when Patrick Merkling (5-0) struck out 10 batters and allowed only one hit in his five innings and Renner was 3-for-4, scored three times and had two RBIs along with Mike Moore and James Fowlkes. Moore was 2-for-3.
• Union College 10-5, Bryan 6-4: At Barbourville, Ky., the nationally ranked Bulldogs bounced back from their Appalachian Athletic Conference loss Friday night to the Lions to win both games Saturday. Leadoff man Clay Ragland was 5-for-6 with six runs and three RBIs for Union. DeWayne Boyd had a three-run homer in the first game for Bryan (18-9, 2-4), when Tyler Latham and Kevin Layne each had two hits and scored a run, and Boyd went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the finale when Latham scored twice and Shane Clawson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
• Birmingham-Southern 4-5, Sewanee 0-1: At Sewanee, the Tigers dropped to 3-7 overall in losing their first two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference games of 2012. Alan Komorowski doubled and singled in the first game and tripled and scored in the rematch for Sewanee, when James Snover, Blake Bays and Jack Whaley each had two hits. Pitcher Lee Schurlknight allowed only two earned runs in game one.
• Spring Arbor 13, Covenant 12: Friday at Naples, Fla., Chris Rollins was 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs and Scott Gillespie was 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the Scots fell to 5-5. K.C. Simons was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and James Rollins was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.
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