published Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

UTC's Anyssa Robles SoCon softball honoree

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga catcher Anyssa Robles was announced Tuesday as the Southern Conference softball player of the week after she batted .467 with five RBIs in five games in the USF Under Armour Showcase. She leads the 13-11 Mocs with a .371 average, a .451 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage and is second in RBIs with 18. UTC's doubleheader today at Austin Peay has been canceled because of expected bad weather in the Clarksville area.

• The NCAA released its Division I softball statistics Tuesday and former GPS standout Jackie Baird at East Tennessee State is leading the nation in home runs per game at 0.61. She is also tied for the lead in home runs nationally with 11 in 18 games, while fellow catcher Chelsea Halfacre of Arizona has 11 in 26. "She's obviously off to a great start," ETSU coach Brad Irwin said of his senior slugger. "It doesn't matter what pitch they throw at her, she's hitting it with power. She's swinging it real good right now. She's got a really relaxed approach at the plate."

• Annie Aldrete was 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs and Lexi Overstreet was 1-for-1 with a homer and three RBIs as Tennessee improved to 22-2 with a five-inning 15-0 softball home win Tuesday against Western Carolina. Ellen Renfroe (13-0) and Rainey Gaffin combined to pitch a two-hitter, and Shaliyah Geathers from East Hamilton was 2-for-3 and scored twice.

• Piedmont College freshman Allison Vaughn from Heritage High School is batting .440 with a slugging percentage of .700 and was the USA South softball rookie of the week after going 9-for-15 with a home run, a triple, a double, three RBIs and five runs scored in the Lions' 4-0 weekend against league competition. That made them 14-2, 8-0 in the USAS.

• Lauren Johns went 3-for-4 with a home run and set a Covenant record with seven RBIs in the first game of the Lady Scots' 14-5, 5-2 USAS softball sweep Tuesday at Maryville. Jordan Brett was 3-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs and Chandler Shepherd and Morgan Lane each scored three times in game one, and Lane was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Shepherd was 3-for-4 with two runs in game two. Cori Hilt did all the pitching for Covenant (5-9, 3-5), striking out 13 batters.

• Savannah Brownlee and Megan Roysden pitched five-inning shutouts and Brownlee went 7-for-8 as Tennessee Temple won 19-0 and 11-0 in softball Tuesday at Sewanee. Brownlee was 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in game one, when Kaleigh Riley was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs. Jacqueline Crawford also homered in that game and then went 4-for-4 behind Roysden with Jill McGill going 2-for-2 with a grand slam for Temple (9-13).

Golf

• The UTC men's golf team jumped six places to fifth out of 18 teams in the final round Tuesday of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate tournament at Aiken, S.C. The Mocs shot 284, behind only first- and second-place Clemson and Virginia, and wound up at 875. Chris Robb shot 68 and tied for fifth at 214, while Davis Bunn tied for 17th at 218 and Liam Johnston and Ewan Scott (69) shared 45th at 224.

  • James Van Nice shot a 157 and tied for 17th individually as his Covenant College golf team finished fifth out of seven teams Monday and Tuesday at the Reinhardt Spring Invitational. The Scots' Alan Craig at 160 and Scott McKnight at 161 also were in the top 25.

Rugby

• Chattanooga Rugby Football Club members Tom Snow and Ethan Winel started all three matches for the USA Rugby South Panthers as they won the Gold Division of the 35th annual St. Patrick's Day Ruggerfest this past weekend in Savannah, Ga. Saturday, the Panthers beat two-time tournament champion Air Force 18-5 and then rolled 52-0 over the three-time and defending champion Cincinnati Wolfhounds. They beat the Barbarians 48-21 in Sunday's final with Snow scoring the first try. He and Winel both will playing Saturday at 1 p.m. for Nooga Rugby against Nashville RFC at Montague Park. A win for the local club will clinch its third regular-season championship in four years. USA Rugby South is comprised of club and former college players from nine Southeastern states.

Baseball

• Tennessee Temple lost 11-2 and won 4-2 in baseball Tuesday against Baptist Bible at South Pittsburg High School. Temple is 5-10.

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