published Monday, March 11th, 2013

UTC softball tops Temple in Florida

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team won 9-3 over Temple University from Philadelphia as the USF Under Armour Invitational tournament concluded Sunday in Clearwater, Fla. The Lady Mocs (14-10) scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed in the game. Kaiti Dutton, Stephanie Rieck, Anyssa Robles and Alyssa Taylor each had two hits for UTC, which had 11 hits in the win, with Sarah Beth Roberts, Tyler Templet and Jenny Garcia getting two RBIs each. Freshman pitcher Kaisey Carson picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Rachel Albritton.

• Eighth-ranked Tennessee lost 7-1 to No. 1 Alabama in the finale of their SEC softball series Sunday in Knoxville, after the Lady Vols had won each of the first two games by one run. The Crimson Tide put the game out of reach with five runs in the third inning. Lady Vols shortstop Madison Shipman hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh for Tennessee's only run of the game.

• Laura Curtis from Chattanooga Christian and Chattanooga State went 3-for-3 and scored two runs as Memphis began Conference USA softball play Saturday with a 5-1 win at Texas-El Paso, and she added an RBI single in the two-run seventh inning of a 4-2 second-game win. She doubled and scored in Sunday's 6-5 victory.

• The Lee University softball team, ranked 11th in the NAIA, rose to 17-0 with an 11-1 rout of Freed-Hardeman in the gold bracket of the Gulf Shores (Ala.) Invitational tournament Sunday. The Lady Flames won 13-1 over Central Methodist and 12-1 over Lyon on Saturday, with leadoff batter Dominique Hannah going 5-for-7 with eight RBIs and Jennifer Ringle totaling four hits with two runs against CMU and a homer and two RBIs against Lyon. Dezirae Parsons was 3-for-3 with three RBIs against CMU, when pitchers Angie Hughes and Katie Deems combined on a four-hitter. Caroline MacAusland allowed four hits in her six innings against Lyon, and Charlie Wooden and Ana Coscorrosa helped Hannah and Ringle on offense with two hits each. Sunday, Hughes (9-0) allowed one hit in six innings, Coscorrosa homered, Ringle tripled and had three RBIs, Savanna Bell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs and Lexie Dean also had two hits.

• Chattanooga State lost three of four softball games to visiting Walters State this past weekend. The Lady Tigers fell 1-0 in nine innings and 6-3 in eight Friday and won 4-2 before losing 14-8 on Saturday. Haley Fagan pitched the entire 1-0 loss, giving up a homer in the ninth inning, and got the Saturday win in relief of Lacye Walker. Marina Wilkerson and Khadija Neely each went 4-for-12 with two homers in the series, Wilkerson also with five stolen bases, and Beth Breeden and Walker also homered for the Lady Tigers (14-8, 5-3).

• Cleveland State won 5-2 and 10-6 in TCCAA softball Friday at Roane State but lost 2-1 and 6-4 to the Raiderettes with a rash of errors Saturday. Kelsey Capella pitched the first win for the Lady Cougars (3-9, 2-6), when Amber Covington hit a two-run homer and Amber Swaney and Ciera Belcher had RBI singles. Jessica Still hit a two-run homer and Maura Ditto went 4-for-5 with a two-run double in game two. Swaney homered in the first loss and Belcher had two RBIs in the finale.

Golf

• Led by Emily McLennan in a tie for ninth place individually with a 221, the UTC women's golf team finished tied for fifth in the 17-team JMU Eagle Landing Invitational tournament Sunday at Orange Park, Fla. The Mocs wound up at 904 for the tournament after shooting a final-round 307. Campbell University won with a 870. Also for UTC, Agathe Sauzon finished tied for 13th at 222, Mette Kryger (229) tied for 36th, Isabella Loza (232) tied for 48th and Jordan Britt (238) tied for 72nd. Marion Duvernay, playing as an individual, shot a 220 and tied for seventh, and Porsche Campbell (235) tied for 58th.

Baseball

• L.J. Rowden pitched a six-hitter and Cody Rhinehart was 1-for-2 with an RBI as Bryan College won 2-1 in the final game of its AAC baseball doubleheader Saturday. Visiting Montreat earlier won 10-6 despite a three-run homer by Andrew Smith, two hits and an RBI apiece for Rhinehart and Jess Cartner and two runs each for Kevin Layne, Grant Zawadzki and Rhinehart for the Lions (14-8, 3-2).

Basketball

• Carson-Newman junior Ish Sanders from Cleveland High School led the Eagles with 18 points in their 69-59 loss to top-seeded Lincoln Memorial in the South Atlantic Conference men's basketball semifinals Saturday at Greenville, S.C. Cody Henegar from Marion County led Carson-Newman (20-8) with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

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