published Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

UTC's Michael Hooker dual All-America

Michael Hooker, who will join the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team this year, earned All-America honors in both freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments at the 2013 Asics University Nationals in Akron, Ohio, over the weekend. Hooker was third in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman. Hooker, who prepped at McCallie and Father Ryan, was a four-time state finalist and three-time state champion who wrestled last season at the Naval Academy prep school. Other Mocs competing in the Asics tournament were juniors Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Jared Presley (Harrison, Ohio), sophomores Sean Mappes (Greenwood, Ind.) and John Shrader (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshmen Clay Dent (Piedmont, Ala.) and Jared Johnson (Jefferson City, Mo.).

Baseball

• Second-seeded Lee University stayed alive for the NAIA baseball championship in its last year of membership by defeating Missouri Baptist 12-2 in an elimination game Tuesday evening in the 2013 World Series at Lewiston, Idaho. The Flames (51-11) continued their pattern of reaching the final four under coach Mark Brew. In Monday's late game they lost 5-4 to third seed Embry-Riddle (50-13) on a three-run outfield error in the eighth inning. All five runs were unearned for the Florida-based Eagles, who met top-seeded Faulkner (53-11) as the tournament's last two unbeatens in Tuesday's nightcap. Host Lewis-Clark State has one defeat like Lee. Corey Davis was 2-for-4 and accounted for three runs with two doubles in Lee's loss, but it was his dropped fly ball with two outs in the eighth that allowed Embry-Riddle to win despite totaling only two hits off Jose Samayoa and three relievers. Tuesday, Josh Silver and Davis homered in the bottom of the first inning and the Flames added five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth for an 11-0 lead. Brady Renner had a two-run homer in the sixth. Silver, Davis and Derrick Pitts each also had two RBIs. Silver was 3-for-5 and scored three times and Davis and Renner had two hits and two runs apiece; Mark Silva also scored twice, and Karsten Strieby had two hits. Clint Terry (11-1) pitched seven innings and David Eskew, Jeremy Bales and Alex Moore finished up.

• The Chattanooga Baseball Club 16-under team went 4-1 and won its age group in the Chattanooga Cyclones' weekend tournament. CBC edged the D-3 Stingers 3-2 in the championship game Monday in Cleveland as Hunter Smith pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and Cade Gilbert singled in Zach Mercer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith pitched a no-hitter Saturday in a 24-0 win over the 14-under Cyclones, when Corey Hemphill was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and Matt Milita and Ethan Dalton each had an inside-the-park home run and went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs, respectively. Gilbert was 2-for-2 with an RBI in a 6-2 loss to the Birmingham Marlins, and Kyle Cox was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and pitcher Ethan Hollingshead was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in a 9-1 defeat of the Cyclones 16s. Mercer was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run and Nick Fahler tripled and scored in an 8-7 win Sunday against the Stingers.

• The Cyclones K team lost only once in the 18-under age group of the Southern Wood Bat Memorial World Series, but that was 11-10 in the championship game against the Windward Baseball Academy sponsored by the Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann. Lee Gibson had two hits and matched Hunter Oliver's two RBIs and a run for the Cyclones in that game, when Aaron Granger also had two hits and scored twice and Cory Edgemon scored three runs. Jake Pickett and Drew Williams pitched the Cyclones K to a 4-1 win over the Cyclones V (15-17s), and Gabe Rich pitched a one-hitter in a 10-0 defeat of the Alabama Bluesox with Gibson, Granger and Trey Silmon each batting in two runs. Gibson tripled, doubled and drove in two in a 6-1 win over the East Cobb Indians behind pitchers Cole Vaughn and Zach Hartfield, and Jackson McClain got the win and Winston Whitener the save in a 6-2 win over Windward with Brody Binder collecting two hits and Josh Poole contributing a two-run hit.

Rowing

• Notre Dame High School graduate Joanna Poinsatte of Hixson missed her official graduation from the University of Notre Dame last weekend because her Irish rowing team was in the process of winning its 10th consecutive Big East Conference championship -- in the school's last year in the league. Poinsatte, a Chattanooga Junior Rowing alumnus, also was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete for the third year in a row. The psychology major is a fourth-generation UND graduate and follows her two siblings and a cousin from her generation in doing so.

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