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Bulldogs claim third national title with 3-0 victory

Bulldogs claim third national title with 3-0 victory

Posted on 31 May 2014 by Allen

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Anthony Gomez tossed a six-hit shutout and Richie Seaton’s two-run double in the second inning gave Cumberland the lead for good, as the Bulldogs claimed the third national championship in program history with a 3-0 victory over host Lewis-Clark State here Friday night in the 2014 Avista-NAIA World Series.

Cumberland (49-20) became the lowest seed (No. 10) to ever claim the national title, posting a 5-1 record en route to the championship, the third for the program since 2004.

Gomez (7-4) scattered six hits, walked three, hit a batter and struck out four, stranding 11 Lewis-Clark runners in the contest, including two each in the second, eighth and ninth and the bases loaded in the first. The lefthander defeated LCSC twice in the tournament, giving up just one unearned run on 12 hits in 18.0 innings of work.

Cumberland also left 11 runners on base, missing several chances to add to the lead, but the two runs in the second and another in the seventh on an error was enough for the victory. The Bulldogs posted a 26-6 record from April 1 until the end of the season.

The Bulldogs managed just six hits in the contest and were only 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the game, but Seaton’s two-run double proved to be enough for CU.

LCSC starter Ty Jackson (4-1) allowed two runs on one hit in 1.2 innings, walking three and striking out one. Two Warriors relievers – Gunnar Swanson and David Murillo – tossed 6.2 innings of relief, giving up one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Lewis-Clark loaded the bases in the first inning on two walks and an error, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the threat. A pair of singles in the second were erased by a flyout.

Josciel Veras led off the second with a walk for the Bulldogs and after a fielder’s choice by Justin Byrd, a ball that could have been a doubleplay but bounced off the glove of LC shortstop Michael Sexton, Tyler Anderson got another free pass. Seaton then hit a line drive down the leftfield line, just past the diving attempt of Raymond Pedrina near the line. The ball rolled all the way to the wall and both runners scored on the play for a 2-0 CU lead.

Gomez settled down a bit in the middle innings, working around a pair of errors with ground ball doubleplays and retiring 14 of 17 batters from the third to seventh innings.

In the seventh Chris Hall was hit to leadoff and Sam Lind singled to left with two outs. Hall went to third on Brady North’s deep fly ball to centerfield and Veras ripped a ball through the legs of third baseman Brian Corliss, allowing Hall to score the third run of the contest.

The Warriors put a pair of runners on base in the eighth and ninth, with a single from Cody Lavalli and a double by Sexton in the eighth, but Jacob Cano flied out on the first pitch to end the inning. In the ninth Pedrina led off with a single and Jake Shirley drew a two-out walk, but third baseman Ricky Coleman threw out Corliss on a slow roller to end the game.

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Sounds Cruise Past Sky Sox, 11-2

Sounds Cruise Past Sky Sox, 11-2

Posted on 31 May 2014 by Allen

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The first-place Nashville Sounds (30-26) clinched a series victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox with an 11-2 win at Greer Stadium Friday night.

Nashville’s offensive success came mainly from another night of clutch hitting, as the Sounds hit 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position. During their three-game winning streak, the Sounds are now 14-for-28 in those situations.

The Sounds’ bats got to work immediately, breaking open to a 4-0 advantage in the first inning. Lead-off man Jeff Bianchi started off the inning with a double, the first of five two baggers for Nashville on the night. Hector Gomez followed with a walk before Sean Halton knocked in two runs with a single to left. Hunter Morris and Eugenio Velez reached base afterwards, and scored on Caleb Gindl’s double into the gap.

The double gives him 79 all-time with the Sounds, which surpasses Buck Showalter for fifth on the all-time list.

Colorado Springs answered with two runs of their own in the top of the third when Jason Pridie hit a two-run home run off of the foul pole in left field.
With the exception of Pridie’s blast, Sounds starter Ariel Pena (4-4) was efficient on the hill, logging a quality start after throwing six innings and allowing two runs while striking out four batters. He now has picked up wins in four of his last six starts.

It didn’t take long for the Sounds to answer, putting up a five-spot in the bottom of the third. A Velez double knocked in Halton who got the rally started with a double of his own, advancing Morris to third on the play. A Robinzon Diaz intentional walk loaded the bases and Jeremy Hermida took advantage with an RBI single to give Nashville the 6-2 advantage.

Pena helped his own cause with a two-run single in the third. It was the first RBIs for a Sounds pitcher during this season.

The five-run outburst by the Sounds in the third tied a season high for runs in a single inning.

Tom Gorzelanny continued his rehab for the Milwaukee Brewers and faced four batters in the seventh inning. He allowed a walk and a single, but struck out the last batter he faced. Dustin Molleken then came in to get the final out of the inning.

After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh, center fielder Kevin Mattison put an exclamation point on the evening with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was his fourth home run of the year.

The Sounds will begin a four-game series with the Iowa Cubs Saturday at 6:35 p.m. RHP Jimmy Nelson (5-1, 1.71) takes the hill for Nashville, opposite LHP Chris Rusin (3-6, 3.49). Broadcaster Jeff Hem has the call on 102.5 The Game.

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Vandy’s Swanson and Conde named to SEC First Team

Vandy’s Swanson and Conde named to SEC First Team

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Kentucky’s A.J. Reed was selected 2014 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Aaron Nola of LSU was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Florida pitcher Logan Shore was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league’s 14 head baseball coaches. The coaches also tabbed Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan SEC Coach of the Year. Seth Heck of Mississippi State was named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Florida brought home the program’s 13th SEC Championship and 22nd Eastern Division title. It was the Gators’ first SEC crown since 2011. O’Sullivan’s three titles (2010-11-14) match Dave Fuller (1948-75) for the most in school history. The Gators have now won the East four times in O’Sullivan’s seven years at the helm (2009-10-11-14).

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The complete 2014 All-SEC Team follows:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR – A.J. Reed, Kentucky
SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Aaron Nola, LSU
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Logan Shore, Florida
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Seth Heck, Mississippi State
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR – Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida

FIRST TEAM
1B – Sikes Orvis, Ole Miss
2B – Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
3B – Austin Anderson, Ole Miss
SS – Vince Conde, Vanderbilt
C – Taylor Gushue, Florida
OF – Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss
OF - Ka’ai Tom, Kentucky
OF – Christin Stewart, Tennessee
DH/UTL – A.J. Reed, Kentucky
P – Aaron Nola, LSU
P – Logan Shore, Florida
RP – Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State

SECOND TEAM
1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
3B – Max Kuhn, Kentucky
SS – Alex Bregman, LSU
C – Will Allen, Ole Miss
OF – Ben Moore, Alabama
OF – Harrison Bader, Florida
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
DH/UTL – Wade Wass, Alabama
P – Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State
P – Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
RP – Joel Seddon, South Carolina

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B – Peter Alonso, Florida
2B – JaVon Shelby, Kentucky
3B – John Sternagel, Florida
SS – Errol Robinson, Ole Miss
C – Gavin Collins, Mississippi State
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF - Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
DH/UTL – Nick Senzel, Tennessee
P – Logan Shore, Florida
P – Keegan Thompson, Auburn
RP – Thomas Burrows, Alabama

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P – Aaron Nola, LSU;
Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
SS – Seth Heck, Mississippi State
3B – Joey Pankake, South Carolina
C – Jake Wise, Arkansas;
Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
OF – Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF – Tanner English, South Carolina
OF - Andrew Stevenson, LSU

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Eastern Kentucky Captures 2013-14 OVC Commissioner’s Cup

Eastern Kentucky Captures 2013-14 OVC Commissioner’s Cup

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2013-14 school year the league office announced on Tuesday. It marks the second Cup title in the last three years for the Colonels under the new format which began six years ago (they also won in 2011-12). The award, which is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships, will be presented to university officials on May 30 at the league’s annual Honors Brunch in Nashville.

Eastern Kentucky finished the year with 115 points, 3.25 points more than second-place Eastern Illinois, who won the Cup last year. EKU was bolstered by first-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country, a first-place tie in women’s tennis, a second place finish and OVC Tournament title in men’s basketball and second-place finishes in each men’s and women’s golf.

Prior to the Commissioner’s Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won an OVC record 15 Men’s All-Sport Championships and seven Women’s All-Sport Championships.

Eastern Illinois finished with 111.75 points while Southeast Missouri (107.5), Jacksonville State (106) and Belmont (102.5) each eclipsed the 100-point mark to finish third through fifth. The standings were rounded out by SIUE (95), Murray State (93.1), Morehead State (93), Austin Peay (86.5), UT Martin (77.7), Tennessee State (72.25) and Tennessee Tech (67).

The award (which started in 1962-63 for men’s sports and 1980-81 for women’s sports) was previously divided into a Men’s All-Sport Champion and a Women’s All-Sport Champion. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.

Under the latest scoring system, schools are required to count point totals for four main sports (football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball) along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Belmont, Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.

The points system for scoring is as follows. For all sports (except rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track – which have fewer participating teams), the first place team earns 12 points, the second place team earns 11 points, etc. For rifle, men’s indoor and men’s outdoor track and field, the first-place team earns 12 points and subsequent point increments are calculated by dividing the total number of OVC member institutions by the number of institutions sponsoring the sport (for rifle that number is 2.4 less, for men’s indoor track that number is 2.0 less and for men’s outdoor track that number is 1.75 less). The scoring system also includes a bonus point for the winner of OVC Tournaments (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball).

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Skyhawk’s Bell named to CFPA Linebacker Award Watch List

Skyhawk’s Bell named to CFPA Linebacker Award Watch List

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Tony Bell, a rising senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was recognized by College Football Performance Awards as one of 38 linebackers on its national watch list for the 2014 season.

A 6-1, 200-pound defensive standout from Memphis, Bell was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference to earn a spot on the prestigious list.

Last season, Bell was named an All-American by four different media outlets (Associated Press, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and Phil Steele Publications) in addition to earning All-OVC first team accolades. He led the OVC and ranked sixth in the nation with 10.5 sacks while also tallying an OVC-best 15 tackles for loss. He also ranked second in the league in both forced fumbles (three) and fumbles recovered (three) while amassing 80 tackles, which ranked ninth.

Bell was named National Defensive Player of the Week after a pair of dominant performances last season. He wrapped up five tackles for loss at traditional power Football Bowl Subdivision member Boise State on Sept. 7, which ranked as the fifth-best single-game effort in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks. He then followed that with a career-high 16 tackles and 4.5 sacks against Murray State on Nov. 2. The 16 stops were tied for the most by any OVC player in 2013 while the 4.5 sacks tied an OVC single-game record and was the second-best performance by an FCS player all season.

UT Martin kicks off the 2014 season at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 30. Kickoff against the Southeastern Conference rival is set for 11 a.m. CST and will be nationally televised on the new SEC Network.

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Vols at Sooners on Sept 13 to Kickoff At 8 pm ET

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee’s game at Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.

The game will air on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The network will be announced at a later date.

This will be the initial regular-season meeting between the teams.

Despite each program’s standing among the nation’s elite, Tennessee and Oklahoma have met only twice, with both games taking place at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. The Vols shut out the Sooners 17-0 in the 1939 Orange Bowl (UT’s second bowl game ever). Then in the 1968 Orange Bowl, Oklahoma posted a 26-24 victory to even the all-time series at 1-1.

Oklahoma and Tennessee will meet again in 2015 when the Sooners travel to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

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WKU Among Field of 16 Set for 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT

WKU Among Field of 16 Set for 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Western Kentucky University Lady Topper Basketball is among the 16 teams that have been selected as participants for the 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT, it was officially announced on Wednesday by Triple Crown Sports.

It was previously announced that WKU will host an opening round game in the prestigious 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT at E.A. Diddle Arena on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The game will mark the season opener for third-year head coach Michelle Clark-Heard and WKU.

The field includes: WKU, Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson and West Virginia.

The 2014 tournament appearance will mark WKU’s fourth all-time in the event. The Lady Toppers are 4-0 all-time in E.A. Diddle Arena in the Preseason WNIT and 6-3 overall all-time in the tournament. WKU will be the first team from Conference USA in the event since Memphis participated in 2012-13.

WKU’s fourth appearance in the event will be the most among the teams in the 2014 field.

WKU went 2-1 in the 2007-08 event, beating East Tennessee State and Evansville in E.A. Diddle Arena with a loss to Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. In 2003-04, WKU beat Rhode Island at home before falling at Texas Tech in the 2003 event. In 1997, WKU beat Louisville in E.A. Diddle Arena before beating New Mexico on the road, then falling to Nebraska and beating Northwestern in Storrs, Conn., early in the 1997-98 season.

The Preseason WNIT began in its modern form in 1994. It is organized and produced by Triple Crown Sports, a national sports event company based in Fort Collins, Colo. The 2013 championship game was televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

The Preseason WNIT is formatted to give all teams a three-game guarantee. The event opens Nov. 14-15 with Round One. Round Two will be played Nov. 16-17; Semifinals will be Nov. 19-20; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET. The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network.

Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates, and times will be announced in June.

Last season, Louisville won the Preseason WNIT by beating Oklahoma in Norman in front of over 7,500 fans. Louisville went on to reach the Elite Eight in the 2014 NCAA Division One Women’s Basketball Tournament. Last year’s field included such elite programs as Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma and Gonzaga. In 2011-12, a Preseason WNIT run was part of Baylor’s 40-0 season on its way to the National Championship.

The opening round game at E.A. Diddle Arena will be part of an exciting weekend of athletic events at WKU, as the football program hosts Army on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Last season, WKU reached the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in program history after securing the Sun Belt Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by posting a 61-60 win over Arkansas State in the title game of the Sun Belt Conference Championships. WKU scored 18 of the final 22 points of the game to beat Red Wolves, marking the fourth time during the 2013-14 season that WKU had overcome a double-digit deficit to win a game. In the NCAA Tournament, WKU fell to fifth-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas on March 22, 2014 by a final score of 87-74 after the game stayed within a single-digit margin for much of the game, including a late first half lead for WKU.

The Lady Toppers finished the 2013-14 season with a 24-9 record, including a 13-5 mark in conference play.

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Miller tabbed Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

Miller tabbed Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee senior Trent Miller was named third team Louisville Slugger All-American, as announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday.

The Kansas City native finished his senior year with a team-best .339 batting average in 58 games. His 25 doubles led Conference USA and ranked third nationally. The first baseman finished 2014 with a league-leading 120 total bases, while sitting second in C-USA with 78 hits and third with 45 RBI.

Miller set the school career record with his 67 doubles. The senior posted a .522 slugging percentage, recording five homers in the season. He completed his collegiate career in the top-10 in putouts (1,008 – 6th), RBIs (155 – 7th) and hits (243 – 10th).

“Trent is very deserving of this honor,” said MT head coach Jim McGuire. “He was very consistent offensively and helped our program immensely during the course of the season. I am very proud of Trent’s accomplishment.”

Last week, Miller was selected first team All-Conference USA by the league’s coaches, media and sports information directors. Miller is the first Louisville Slugger All-American since Bryce Brentz in 2009 and the eighth Blue Raider selected for this prestigious award in program history.

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C-USA and MTSU announce four national broadcasts for 2014

C-USA and MTSU announce four national broadcasts for 2014

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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As announced by Conference USA today, four Middle Tennessee football games in 2014 have been selected for national television as part of the league package.

The current confirmed schedule features more than 50 games to air nationally or regionally, with additional games to be added prior to the beginning of the season. National games will be televised on FOX Sports 1, Fox Sports Net (FSN), CBS Sports Network, ESPN and NBC.

The Blue Raiders will have national broadcasts on the road against Old Dominion and Marshall and home contests versus UAB and BYU.

The Blue Raiders and Monarchs will face off on Friday, September 26 in Norfolk on FS1 beginning at 7 PM Central. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools.

On October 11, Middle Tennessee will travel to Marshall to take on the Thundering Herd in a game that will be broadcast on FS1 or FSN. The final determination on which station the game will air may not be announced until 12 days out. Last year on national television, the Blue Raiders won a thrilling, 51-49, contest against Marshall with a touchdown pass on the game’s final play.

The following week will see the Blue Raiders host UAB on Oct. 18 for Homecoming. The game will kick-off at 2:30 PM Central and be televised on Fox College Sports.

After an open date, the Blue Raiders will host BYU at Floyd Stadium on Nov. 1 at 2:30 PM. The game will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

Conference USA will announce their syndicated package at a later date which is expected to include more Blue Raider games.

The 2014 football season marks the fourth year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports to broadcast a minimum of 20 games. FOX Sports 1, FOX’s new national sports cable network, is scheduled to televise a minimum of 10 regular-season Conference USA football games. Additional games will again be carried nationally on FOX Sports Networks owned-and-affiliated regional networks, which reach more than 85 million homes and FOX College Sports.

This season marks the 10th year of C-USA’s partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men’s and women’s basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available to more than 99 million households across the country.

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Bama to play Western Carolina at 2014 Homecoming

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Bama to play Western Carolina at 2014 Homecoming

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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The University of Alabama’s 2014 Homecoming football game will take place on Nov. 22, when the Crimson Tide hosts Western Carolina in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Catamounts finished a disappointing 2-10 last season but there is hope with leading receiver Karnorris Benson returning to hopefully spark the offense. I would still imagine that the Tide would still be a very large favorite at home.

Further details about Homecoming weekend activities, including a kickoff time for the game, will be released as they are finalized.

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Mills Fans Career-High 13 To Lead Sounds To 3-0 Shutout Win

Mills Fans Career-High 13 To Lead Sounds To 3-0 Shutout Win

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Left-hander Brad Mills struck out a career-high 13 batters over eight scoreless frames to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium.

Mills (4-0), who retired his first 11 batters in order and 17 of his first 18 overall, lowered his ERA to 1.76 with the outstanding outing, his longest of the season. He scattered three hits and did not walk a batter in his 101-pitch start.

Donovan Hand set down the Sky Sox in order in the top of the ninth to close out Nashville’s third shutout win of the year and nail down his tenth save, which co-leads the Pacific Coast League.

The two Nashville hurlers combined to allow only three hits and strike out 15 batters, a season high for the club.

The Sounds plated all of their runs with a pair of longballs off Sky Sox starter Christian Bergman in the bottom of the third inning.

Catcher Robinzon Diaz spotted Nashville a 1-0 lead when he led off the frame with a solo homer to left off, the backstop’s third longball of the year.

Following Pete Orr’s one-out single, shortstop Jeff Bianchi — playing his first game of the year with the Sounds — slammed a two-run homer off the guitar-shaped scoreboard in left-center to make it a 3-0 contest.

Bergman (3-4) took the loss despite a quality-start effort for Colorado Springs, allowing three runs in seven frames of work. The right-hander settled down after the three-run third, retiring his final 13 Nashville batters in succession.

Right fielder Kyle Parker recorded two of Colorado Springs’ three hits on the night.

The teams wrap up the four-game set with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Friday night. Right-hander Ariel Pena (3-4, 4.14) will toe the slab for the Sounds and face Sky Sox left-hander Christian Friedrich (1-5, 6.91).

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Former Skyhawk Butler signs with Stars

Former Skyhawk Butler signs with Stars

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Allen

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After dominating the competition and setting school, conference and national records, University of Tennessee at Martin senior guard Heather Butler has earned a spot on the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars. Butler becomes the first player in UT Martin and Ohio Valley Conference history to play in the WNBA.

Butler, a native of Medina, Tenn., earned a spot on the Stars training camp team prior to the season before being named to the squad’s 12-player roster. Butler joins the Stars first round pick and Notre Dame standout Kayla McBride as the only rookies to make the veteran led squad, beating out two draft picks and several undrafted free agents.

“This feeling is absolutely amazing,” said Butler. “It is such a dream come true. Nobody understands how hard the road to get to this level is until you do it yourself. This journey has been difficult but I am so excited for where I am right now. Since I was little, this has always been the goal and it is surreal that it is in my hands now. I am excited to get the season underway.”

Knowing that even with the expanded rosters by the WNBA for the 2014 season, making the 12-player squad was going to be an uphill battle heading into training camp. Butler made the most of her opportunities in camp, averaging five points in 11 minutes per game. She scored a preseason-high seven points and two rebounds in a 76-75 loss to the Tulsa Shock.

With her numbers ranking sixth on the squad, Butler went into the final days of preseason with the hopes of making the squad. Her dreams became reality during film session this afternoon. “When we walked into watch film this afternoon, coach scanned the room and told us that we were the 12 players that he was going to start the season with,” said Butler. “As soon as his words sunk in, I was in complete shock.”

In her time as a Skyhawk, Butler broke the OVC’s all-time scoring record this season as she finished her career with 2,865 career points, which ranks 16th in NCAA women’s basketball history.

Along with being named the OVC Female Athlete of the Year just yesterday, Butler was named the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and OVC Player of the Year. Butler earned first-team All-OVC honors for the fourth-straight season in leading the Skyhawks to a school-record 24 victories, the OVC regular season title, its fourth-straight OVC Tournament Championship and its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

During the season she averaged 23.6 points per game which ranked ninth nationally. She scored in double figures in all 129 games of her career, marking the second-longest streak in NCAA history. She also made 392 career 3-pointers, tying the NCAA all-time record. She scored 44 points in two games this season to tie the UTM single-game record; during the season she also set Skyhawk records for 3-point field goals made in a game (9), career field goals made (958), career field goals attempted (2,417), career 3-pointers made (392) and career 3-pointers attempted (1,074).

Butler was one of five finalists nationally for the Nancy Lieberman Award and was named OVC Player of the Week a league-best five times during the season. She was also a Senior CLASS Award first-team All-American selection, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Female Amateur Athlete of the Year, a CoSIDA Academic All-American, an OVC Scholar-Athlete and a nominee for the AllState WBCA Good Works Team.

Butler and the Stars will open the 2014 season on Friday, May 16 when they travel to play the Atlanta Dream. The Stars will have their home opener on Saturday, May 17 against the Tulsa Shock.

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Fast start, good pitching leads 10-1 victory

Fast start, good pitching leads 10-1 victory

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Allen

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Jake Collier tossed his sixth complete game in seven starts, Sam Lind and Brady North each posted two-run doubles and Tyler Anderson added three hits, as 23rd-ranked Cumberland opened the 58th Annual Avista-NAIA World Series with a 10-1 victory over No. 8 San Diego Christian here late Friday night at Harris Field.

With the victory the Bulldogs (45-19) meet second-ranked and host Lewis-Clark State on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Central Time in a winner’s bracket game.

Cumberland got off to a great start, scoring three times in the first inning and twice more in the second, which was more than enough for Collier (9-3), who allowed just four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The Hawks (42-19) loaded the bases in the second inning but Peter Hoyt flied out to end the threat. SDCC also had three runners thrown out on the base paths, with Bryan Haney picking off a runner at first base and nailing the trail runner at second on a ball in the dirt. Another runner was caught stealing as well, ending threats for San Diego Christian in the first five innings of the contest.

Lind plated a pair of runs in the first with a double and North did the same in the second, staking Collier to the early 5-0 advantage. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the fifth and seventh innings and another in the eighth, the last one on Anderson’s double to leftcenter.
Ricky Coleman and North each posted two hits and Lind and Justin Byrd each scored twice for CU.

SDCC starter Gabriel Hemmer (13-4) suffered the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits in five innings. The righthander walked five and struck out eight, struggling with control for much of the game.

The Bulldogs started quickly, plating three runs in the first inning beginning with a leadoff single from Chris Hall off the glove of a diving shortstop Christian Johnson. Coleman doubled down the right field line, putting runners on second and third, and ind followed with a line drive double over the leftfielder’s head, scoring a pair of runs.

North then singled through the right side and Lind later came across on a wild pitch for a 3-0 edge after an inning.

In the second Bryan Haney drew a leadoff walk and pinch-runner Zach Cole moved to second on a bunt by Hall. With two outs Lind was intentionally walked and North stepped in to deliver a two-run double down the rightfield line, giving CU a 5-0 advantage.

Cumberland added two more runs in the fifth when North drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a passed ball. A ground ball to the right side by Josciel Veras went off the glove of first baseman Taylor Eichhorst, putting runners on the corners.

The 1-2 pitch to Byrd was in the dirt and Veras took off for second base. The throw to second was low and bounced into centerfield. At that point North scored and Veras took off for third. The throw from Cade Gotta sailed well over the head of the third baseman and into the dugout, allowing Veras to score on the play for a 7-0 lead for the Bulldogs.

San Diego Christian got on the board in the seventh after a leadoff single to left by Gilbert Vierra and a walk to Eichhorst. Vierra moved to third on a deep fly ball to center from Jacob Rogers and scored on a groundout by Michael Stowers.

CU answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, with the club loading the bases on consecutive singles from Byrd, Anderson and Richie Seaton. With one out Hall was hit, forcing in a run, and Coleman’s groundout scored another.

Byrd was hit in the eighth, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Anderson’s double to leftcenter for the final run of the game.

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Malzahn wins Stagg Award

Posted on 24 May 2014 by Allen

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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn will pick up his Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award on May 30th at the Auburn Athletics Complex. The United States Sports Academy announced Malzahn its 2014 winner in February for “outstanding achievement as a coach.”

Malzahn helped lead Auburn to the SEC championship and a spot in the BCS title game.

The United States Sports Academy says the winner of its award “should exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.”

Malzahn also won these national coach of the year awards for his 2013 success: the Bobby Bowden Award, the Bear Bryant Award, the Eddie Robinson Award, Home Depot Award, Liberty Mutual Award and was named coach of the year by the Associated Press and the Sporting News.

The award is named in honor of a man who was instrumental in founding the AFCA in the 1920s. He is considered one of the great innovators and motivating forces in the early development of the game of football. The plaque given to each recipient is a replica of the one given to Stagg at the 1939 AFCA convention in tribute to his 50 years of service to football.

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