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Sounds Bullpen Excellent in 2-1 Victory

Sounds Bullpen Excellent in 2-1 Victory

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Allen

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Behind stellar pitching, the Nashville Sounds defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs by the score of 2-1, on Tuesday, at Zephyr Field.

With expected Sounds starter Brad Mills under the weather, manager Steve Scarsone turned to what has been his team’s strength all season, their bullpen. The unit was 7-1 with a 2.48 ERA entering the day’s action. Pat Venditte made the spot-start and continued his hot early season form, extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings before it was broken by a Miguel Rojas solo homerun in the bottom half of the fifth inning.

The Sounds took their first lead of the series in the third inning. Number nine hitter Anthony Aliotti led off the frame with a single to start the inning. After Billy Burns moved him to second with a liner to center, second baseman Joey Wendle added to his team-leading RBI (15) total with a double that plated Aliotti. Burns then scored his team-leading 17th run on a sacrifice fly from the next batter, Kent Matthes.

R.J. Alvarez made his Sounds debut in the fifth coming on for Venditte after Zephyrs third baseman Scott Sizemore had doubled. Alvarez managed to strand the inherited runner at third and preserve the 2-1 lead.

Twice more the Zephyrs (8-10) would push runners to third base and the Sounds bullpen would strand the runner. Fernando Rodriguez pitched himself out of a runner on third with one out in the seventh inning and Chad Smith, who picked up his second save, stranded Jordany Valdespin at third in the ninth.

After 19 straight days of baseball, the Sounds (9-10) have a rare off-day tomorrow. They’ll pick up action again on Thursday at Round Rock (12-6). Barry Zito (0-1, 5.57 ERA) is expected to take the mound against Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 2.16 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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Bradshaw named TSWA Basketball Player of the Year

Bradshaw named TSWA Basketball Player of the Year

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Allen

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Belmont University men’s basketball junior Craig Bradshaw (Ridgetop, Tenn.) has been named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Bradshaw, who led Belmont to a seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, electrified the Charlotte regional crowd and national television audience with his game-high 25-point performance against Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Virginia.

But with consistent play throughout the season, Bradshaw established himself as one of the top perimeter players in the nation.

The Ridgetop, Tenn. native ranked among NCAA leaders in scoring, three-point field goals per game, effective field goal percentage, and steals per game. Bradshaw also ranked among OVC leaders in eight statistical categories, including third in points per game (18.3).

Moreover, Bradshaw averaged 21.4 points per game over his final seven games, and has scored 1,172 points in his first three collegiate seasons.

In late November, the 6-3 guard scored 99 points in Bruin victories over Lipscomb, Denver and Ohio – including a Belmont NCAA era single-game record 42-point performance at the Bobcats that yielded multiple National Player of the Week honors.

In addition to being named National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) All-District, First Team All-OVC and OVC All-Tournament Team, Bradshaw reached the pinnacle of his sport academically.

Earlier this season, Bradshaw was named Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Belmont student-athlete has been named TSWA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, with Bradshaw joining J.J. Mann (2014) and Ian Clark (2013).

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Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Seventeen CU baseball players named MSC Scholar-Athletes

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Allen

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Seventeen Cumberland baseball players were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced Tuesday by the league office in advance of the conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ky.

Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award. A total of 77 student-athletes from the eight Mid-South Conference institutions were recognized, with Cumberland leading the way.

2015 MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Tyler Alford – 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Byrd – 3.53, Business Administration
Dakota Byrd – 3.32, Management
Justin Byrd – 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Richard Carter – 4.00, Business Administration
Drew Chester – 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Zach Cole – 3.25, Mathematics
Nick Crawford – 3.51, Marketing
Logan Grantham – 3.43, Biology
Grant House – 3.35, Biology
Dylan Lannom – 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows – 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Phil Stiles – 3.33, Accounting
Stevie Smith – 3.91, Management
Hector Viera – 3.87, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Woodfin – 3.75, Health and Human Performance
Jackson Yates – 3.50, History/Business

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Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin basketball programs represented half of the college basketball award winners during the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual selection of the state’s college basketball coaches and players of the year honors.

In a vote of TSWA members, UT Martin men’s basketball coach Heath Schroyer and sophomore forward Ashia Jones were named the TSWA Men’s Coach and Women’s Player of the Year, respectively.

Schroyer burst onto the scene in his first year at the helm of the Skyhawks, leading the squad to not only the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2008-09 season, but all the way to the Final Four of the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament. A Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award finalist, Schroyer engineered one of the best turnarounds in the country this season. Under Schroyer’s guidance, the Skyhawks posted a 21-13 overall record while boasting a program record 12 road victories, tied for the nation’s lead.

Taking over an eight-win program from a year ago, Schroyer added UT Martin to his list of seven programs who have participated in postseason play while picking up the program’s first three postseason wins in Division-I history. The 13-win increase was the sixth-largest win improvement in Division-I.

“I am honored to have this award,” said Schroyer. “I have a great staff and a great bunch of kids that worked extremely hard this past year. I look forward to working hard and building on the success we had this year.”
A native of Covington, Tenn., Jones notches the program’s second Women’s Player of the Year award in as many years, joining only former great Heather Butler to claim the prestigious honor. Jones led the team to a 22-11 overall mark while becoming the sixth program in Ohio Valley Conference to finish the conference slate with an unblemished mark, going 16-0. This is the fifth major award handed out to the sophomore forward, joining honors such as Associated Press All-America honorable mention, WBCA All-Region, National Mid-Major Player of the Year by College Sports Madness along with OVC Player of the Year and All-OVC accolades.

Jones not only led the OVC but ranked fourth nationally with 23.4 points per game while averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She scored 772 points during the season, breaking the school’s previous single season scoring mark along with setting new benchmarks with 287 field goals made and 10 outings with 30 points or more.

“The work that Ashia put into her game last offseason proved dividends,” said UT Martin women’s head coach Kevin McMillan. “Ashia has proven that she can compete at a high level and we are looking forward to see how high her game can rise over the next two years.”

The duo joins Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw as Men’s Player of the Year while Chattanooga’s Jim Foster garnered Women’s Coach of the Year honors. All four honorees will be recognized during a luncheon at the TSSAA headquarters on Friday, July 10, during the TSWA’s annual convention in Nashville.

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St. Preux vs Rampage makes perfect sense for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville

St. Preux vs Rampage makes perfect sense for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Ovince St. Preux is one of the hottest light heavyweights in the division. After defeating Patrick Cummins two weeks ago in the postfight press interivew the Knoxville native put the UFC on notice telling them he wanted to fight on the UFC Fight Night card in Nashville on August. 8th. Living just two and half hours away a fight in Nashville would be like home field advantage for St. Preux.

There are several guys in the division that would make sense like Jimi Manuwa, who is ranked just behind OSP in the UFC’s official rankings. But if you ask fans in Tennessee who they want to see fight St. Preux, the majority will tell you it’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

After spending a year and a half with Bellator Rampage picked up a win in his return to the UFC Saturday. After the event the former champ told reporters he wanted to fight guys who had defeated him in the past like Shogun Rua and Jon Jones. As a former champ he’s earned the right to ask for those fights but his home state needs fans to show up in August and Ovince St. Preux is the perfect opponent to make that happen.

The Tennessee Athletic Commission has been under attack by politicians and will radically change next January. Director Jeff Mullen, who ironically enough trained Rampage years ago, will be relieved of his duties as his salary was deemed an unnecessary expense by lawmakers. UFC Fight Night 74 in August will be Mullen’s last big hurrah before lawmakers overhaul the Commission. If fans can pack the arena it will back up what the Director has been telling the politicians for years, that MMA is viable in Tennessee.

A Rampage Jackson vs Ovince St. Preux fight would do well on any other show and could be a viable co-main event on pay per view or a televised fight on Fox. But it would get lost in the shuffle on another UFC card. At UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville, in the middle of the state Tennessee would be buzzing and fans would fill up the Bridgestone Arena.

For the past few years there has been a rivalry between east and west Tennessee. Each region thinks they have the best guys and occasionally you see someone from Memphis fight in Knoxville or vice versa. Usually it’s a pretty big deal.

Nate Landwehr is a local legend due to his fights against guys in East Tennessee. ‘The Train’ knocked out one of east Tennessee’s top amateurs, Billy Mullins in his pro debut in 2012. Landwehr also beat local favorites Adam Townsend and Chris Wright on their home turf. When you go to Pigeon Forge and Knoxville people know who Nate Landwehr is, and they don’t like him.

Wade Johnson is a west Tennessee guy. Technically he’s from Arkansas but he’s fought the majority of his fights in Memphis. This year ‘The Hammer’ has faced Drew Kennedy and Craig Johnson from east Tennessee. Johnson beat them both by decision in Memphis and now the guys in Knoxville think he go lucky and want to fight him.

Fighters are competitive by nature. And just like everyone else, they have a pride that comes with living in a region. St. Preux vs Rampage would be on another level in Nashville. It’s east Tennessee vs. west Tennessee. It’s the former champ against the new guy who is trying to get to the belt. It’s two of the top fighters in the world who just happen to be from the same state. It’s also a fight that Tennessee needs to prove to lawmakers that mixed martial arts has a future in the Volunteer State.

However you look at it Ovince St. Preux vs. Rampage Jackson makes since. It will make the UFC dollars and cents. It’s all in Dana White’s hands now.

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Colonels split doubleheader with Eastern Illinois

Colonels split doubleheader with Eastern Illinois

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team split an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, winning the first game 12-4 before falling 13-5 in game two.

The Colonels used a 7-run sixth inning to propel themselves to a win in game one. A pair of solo home runs by Kyle Nowlin was all EKU had to show offensively through the first five innings and trailed 4-2. Cole Warrenfeltz gave Eastern Kentucky the lead, 5-4, with a 2-run double down the left field line. Ben Fisher and Luke Wurzelbacher each drove in a pair of runs with back-to-back doubles to cap the inning and make it a 9-4 game.

Junior Mandy Alvarez put the game away with a three-run home run over the wall in center field in the seventh inning. Nowlin finished 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs and two RBIs. Fisher was 2-for-5 with a run and two driven in. Five Colonels had at least two RBIs.

Despite allowing 15 hits in eight and one-third innings, Logan Hershenow (3-6) picked up the win. The senior gave up just three earned runs and faced two more batters than the minimum over his final three and one-third innings of work. He walked two and struck out four in his longest outing of the season.

Alvarez got the Colonels on the board early in the second game with a 2-run home run in the first inning and EKU led 3-2 going into the bottom of the second inning. The Panthers scored four times in that frame and never trailed again. Caleb Howell’s RBI single to left put the home team on top for good.

EKU (15-24, 8-12 OVC) got within one, 6-5, on an RBI single by Warrenfeltz and a sacrifice fly by Nowlin in the fourth, but EIU (9-29, 6-15 OVC) pulled away with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Colonels will play a home-and-home midweek series with Miami (Ohio) this week. The Redhawks visit Turkey Hughes field on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.

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Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Forehand adds fast-rising backstop for 2016

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Looking to add some depth behind the plate and on the mound, Lipscomb baseball head coach Jeff Forehand has announced the signing of Murfreesboro native Justin Wilson for the 2016 season.

“Justin is an outstanding addition to what is already a top recruiting class,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “He is a fine young man on top of being an outstanding player.

“For him making a change in heart, a change in schools and for us to get involved with him late in the process, I think we got a really, really good player.”

After receiving intrest from other schools like Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee, Wilson decided that under the direction of Forehand, Lipscomb was the right fit for him.

“I’ve been really impressed with coach Forehand and their baseball program,” Wilson said.

Perfect Game recognized Wilson for his play in each of his last two seasons at Oakland High School where he is rated the 49th-best overall prospect and the sixth-best catcher in the state of Tennessee.

In 2014 he was named an Underclass All-American Honorable Mention before earning a spot on the Southeast Region All-American Honorable Mention team in 2015.

As a junior at OHS, Wilson earned all-district honors after hitting .385 at the plate with two home runs.

In 2013 he led the Patriots to the Region 4-AAA semifinals raking at a .273 clip with a double and four triples.

“Justin has the skills behind to plate that will help us for a long time to come,” Forehand said. “He is also becoming a better offensive player all the time and we are really fortunate that he decided to come be a part of our program.

“We are expecting all freshmen to be ready to come in and compete early.”

Wilson could find himself catching a former rival next season, current freshman Brady Puckett who was a pitcher at Riverdale.

“I grew up playing with Brady,” Wilson said, who caught him in middle school. “It’s good to go somewhere that I can play with people I know. We’re pretty good friends.”

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Dores sweep Mizzou

Dores sweep Mizzou

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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No. 14 Mizzou baseball dropped its series finale at No. 8 Vanderbilt on Sunday (April 26) at Hawkins Field. Vanderbilt scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past the Tigers, who stranded eight men on base and squandered a great outing from junior right Peter Fairbanks (St. Louis, Mo.), who scattered five hits over 6.1 innings with just two runs. He struck out four and walked just two.

Mizzou’s 3-4-5 hitters – Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.), Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) and Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga. – each tallied two hits with Lester clubbing his fourth homer of the season in the sixth inning. Mizzou left 27 runners on base in the three-game series. It is the first time Mizzou has been swept in SEC play this season.

Fairbanks was sensational through the first four innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, facing the minimum through four innings. Mizzou threatened to score in the fourth, putting runners on the corners with no outs but couldn’t get a run across. The Tigers then had two men on in the fifth and couldn’t capitalize. The Tigers stranded six runners through five innings.

Zander Wiel then got to Fairbanks in the fifth, launching a solo shot to left center on the first pitch Fairbanks threw in the frame, staking the Commodores to a 1-0 lead. He pitched out of the fifth, allowing just two hits through five, unfortunately one left the yard.

But as quick as Vanderbilt jumped on top, the Tigers tied the game. Just like Wiel did, Lester jumped on the first pitch that Buehler threw in the sixth for a solo homer over the bleachers in right field. It was his fourth homer of the season and it tied the game at 1-1. Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) then singled in the next at-bat, but the Tigers couldn’t get anything else going.

Mizzou took the lead on a two-out, RBI single by Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) who knocked in Jack Klages (St. Louis, Mo.) on a hard-hit ball back up the middle. Klages led off the frame with a single before advancing to third as he reached base in three plate appearances Sunday.

Vanderbilt then tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame after Faribanks put runners on second and third with just one out. Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) did a great job of pitching Mizzou out of that jam, getting the final two outs of the seventh inning, including a strikeout looking of Vandy catcher Karl Ellison to strand the go-ahead run at third base.

Mizzou then got into trouble in the eighth inning as a hit and an error on a sacrifice attempt put runners on the corners with no outs. Then, with the bases loaded, Dansby Swanson roped a Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) pitch off the wall in left for a two-run, go-ahead double. Vandy added another run on a two-out single by Will Toffey and took a 5-2 lead into the ninth. Mizzou went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning as Vandy completed the sweep.

The Dores will return to the diamond on Tuesday at Rose Park to take on Belmont at 5 p.m.

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Bulldogs top Hogs in Series Finale

Bulldogs top Hogs in Series Finale

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (26-18, 11-10) came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision Sunday afternoon, falling to Mississippi State (23-21, 7-14) in the series finale at Baum Stadium.

Despite dropping the series finale, No. 25 Arkansas won its fifth consecutive SEC series victory for the first time since the 2004 season and remains the only team in the conference to win each of its last five league series. The Razorbacks move to 12-4 in the month of April, including winning seven of the last nine games.

Andrew Benintendi continues to tear the cover off the ball, recording his fourth multi-hit game in the last five contests as he raised his batting average to second in the SEC at .381. He has reached base in 17 straight games and in 17 of his last 21 plate appearances.

Down 2-1 in the eighth inning, Arkansas loaded the bases with one out, but came up short as a strikeout and groundout ended the threat. The Razorbacks stranded 10 runners in the game, including the bases loaded twice.

Keaton McKinney worked another stellar outing, lasting 5.1 innings and giving up 6 hits and no earned runs, while walking two and striking out one. Jackson Lowery (4-1) suffered the loss, giving up a run in the seventh inning, which turned out to be the difference. Josh Alberius and James Teague combined to throw a scoreless ninth frame.

Arkansas returns to action next weekend, traveling to Hoover, Alabama for a three-game series with the Crimson Tide Thursday through Saturday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Thursday and Friday’s games will be televised on SEC Network, followed by an ESPN2 telecast on Saturday.

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Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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Tyler Alford posted three hits and two RBIs, Justin Byrd hit a three-run homer and Ryan Dickison belted a two-run shot while Jake Collier pitched into the ninth, as Cumberland salvaged the final game of the series, 8-5, over Georgetown College on Senior Day at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet again at Noon on Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

Collier (4-6) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in 8.2 innings. He walked three, struck out two and hit one batter. He retired 12 of 15 batters from the end of the fifth inning until the top of the ninth.

The senior righthander got the first two outs of the ninth before singles by Duran Elmore and Steven Mancilla and then a walk to Jovan Hernandez loaded the bases. Curtis Hoppe got the save, getting Rick Reyes to fly out to center and end the game.

Cumberland scored six times in the second inning to take control of the contest, including Byrd’s three-run homer and Dickison’s two-run shot. Hector Viera added two hits and two runs scored for the Bulldogs.

Mancilla collected three hits, Elmore had two hits and three runs scored and Hernandez posted two hits and three RBIs.

Georgetown starter Beau Bowen (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on six hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brian Barry tossed 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits with three walks.

Each team scored a run in the first, with Elmore hit by the pitch to start the game. He stole second and scored on Hernandez’s single through the left side.

The Bulldogs answered quickly in the bottom of the inning when Viera doubled and Byrd walked. Alford then singled to center, plating Viera and knotting the contest at one.

Cumberland exploded for six runs in the second inning, chasing Bowen from the contest.

Conor Dishman drew a leadoff walk and Ryan Simmons reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Rodriguez. Zach Cole reached on a bunt single, loading the bases, and Viera’s groundout plated a run. Byrd then drilled a three-run homer to right, his seventh of the year.

But the Bulldogs weren’t done, as Alford singled and Dickison homered to left, with Georgetown’s Tanner Unkel falling over the fence trying to keep the ball from clearing the wall. It was the second straight day Dickison homered, his team-leading eighth of the year, giving CU a 7-1 advantage.

The Tigers came right back in the third with a pair of runs after Unkel walked to start the inning and Elmore reached on an error by Simmons at third base. Mancilla singled to right, scoring one run, and Hernandez’s groundout plated another, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-3.

In the fifth Elmore reached on a bunt single and Mancilla followed with a single before an RBI single down the leftfield line for Hernandez, making it 7-4 for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs manufactured an insurance run in the sixth when Phil Stiles led off with a single up the middle, Viera reached on a ground ball and Byrd walked, loading the bases. Alford’s sacrifice fly to center scored a run, but CU missed a chance to expand the lead even further.

Reyes hit a solo homer for Georgetown to leadoff the eighth, his second of the year, pulling the visitors within three and setting up the ninth-inning drama.

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Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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After falling behind early in Sunday’s series finale, the Tennessee Volunteers used a late rally and six-run sixth inning to come from behind and post a series-clinching 10-4 win over South Carolina at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee moves to 18-21 on the season and 7-14 in SEC competition, while South Carolina (26-19) slips to 9-12 in SEC play. With the win, the Volunteers claimed their first series win over the Gamecocks since taking two of three games from May 12-14, 2006, as well as their first series win over USC in Knoxville since 2005.

The Vols combined for 13 hits against the Gamecocks, led by shortstop A.J. Simcox (3-for-4, 2 RBI), designated hitter Andrew Lee (2-for-4, 2-2B, 2 RBI), center fielder Chris Hall (2-for-4, RBI) and first baseman Parker Wormsley (2-for-4, 3 RBI).

In the first inning, South Carolina put up a three spot to take a 3-0 lead on a two-run triple by left fielder Elliott Caldwell.

The Vols answered in the bottom of the third frame, as second baseman Nick Senzel beat out the throw on an infield hit and scored on an RBI-triple by Simcox. For the second day in a row, third baseman Jordan Rodgers knocked a clutch RBI-single through the right side, plating Simcox to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The top of the order came through again for Tennessee in the sixth, as the Vols scored six runs on six hits to pull ahead of South Carolina. Senzel and Simcox reached via walk and a base hit before left fielder Christin Stewart hit an RBI-double to right field. With runners on second and third and no outs, designated hitter Lee then blasted a deep fly ball off of the right-center field wall and gave the Vols a 5-3 lead.

The Vols’ sixth-inning rally continued with an RBI-single by center fielder Chris Hall, scoring Lee from third. New third baseman Jared Pruett then knocked a base hit up the middle, putting UT runners on second and third with one out. First baseman Parker Wormsley then roped a ball back up the middle and beat the throw for an infield hit, scoring Hall from third to make it a 7-3 advantage. Back-to-back walks gave Tennessee an 8-3 lead before the end of the frame.

The bottom half of UT’s lineup sparked another rally in the seventh, as Rodgers and Hall scored on a two-run double by Wormsley to give Tennessee a 10-4 lead.

Left-handed starter Drake Owenby dealt 2.0 innings against South Carolina, allowing three runs on four hits before his exit. Despite surrendering three extra-base hits, Owenby recorded three big strikeouts in the outing, including a bases-loaded, two-out strikeout in his final frame.

In relief, righty Kyle Serrano entered in the third and threw 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts to earn the win. His 5.0 frames marked his longest-career relief outing, as well as his longest outing of the season since he threw 5.0 against Grand Canyon University on March 8.

Freshman Jacob Westphal went to the hill in the eighth and threw 2.0 scoreless inning, holding the Gamecocks to preserve the win for UT.

This week, Tennessee hosts Xavier in a midweek matchup at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, beginning Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. ET. The Vols will then welcome Texas A&M for a three-game SEC weekend series in Knoxville from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3.

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UT Martin take series finale from SIU Edwardsville, 6-2

UT Martin take series finale from SIU Edwardsville, 6-2

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team allowed only five hits today but SIU Edwardsville managed a 6-2 win in the series finale at the Simmons Baseball Complex.

Senior left-handed Carter Smith (2-8) nearly went the distance, going 7.2 innings while allowing three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts against only one walk. Patrick Bernard came on in relief and needed two pitches to record the final out.

Offensively, Nick Gavello had his second consecutive strong game – as his two-run double in the top of the sixth broke a scoreless tie and gave UT Martin a brief lead. Taylor Douglas and Nico Zych each had two hits while Zych and Nick Pribble each scored a run for the Skyhawks (12-29, 5-16 Ohio Valley Conference).

Smith came out focused, sitting down the first eight batters he faced while carrying a no-hitter through the fifth inning. He tallied six groundouts, six flyouts and three strikeouts while only allowing one baserunner (a two-out hit by pitch in the third inning) in the first five frames.

Smith’s dominant performance allowed UT Martin to take a lead in the top of the sixth. Pribble drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Zych followed with a two-out walk to bring up Gavello, who jumped on the first pitch he saw for a double into the gap in right center. Both Pribble and Zych scampered home to provide Smith and the Skyhawks a 2-0 advantage.

A leadoff double by SIU Edwardsville (15-21, 15-9 OVC) in the sixth inning broke up Smith’s no-hitter and led to a three-run inning for the Cougars. SIU Edwardsville pieced together two hits in the inning as the go-ahead run was unearned.

Smith held the Cougars scoreless in the seventh and it appeared that UT Martin was in a good position to tie or go ahead in the top of the eighth. The first three batters (Andrew Castillo, Douglas, Zych) all reached via singles to load the bases with no outs but SIU Edwardsville turned a double play and induced another groundout to escape the inning unscathed.

Smith got two quick outs in the eighth but three more runs – two of which were unearned – crossed the plate before Bernard got out of the inning.

Fletcher Johnson was able to hit a two-out double in the top of the ninth but unfortunately, that would be the only baserunner the Skyhawks could produce.

UT Martin’s next game will take place on Tuesday, April 28 in a nonconference battle between Murray State at 6 p.m. The game will take place at Elam Stadium in Union City, Tenn. and admission is $5 for the general public.

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Sounds fall to Zephyrs, 4-3

Sounds fall to Zephyrs, 4-3

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds lost the second game of a four-game set on Sunday to the New Orleans Zephyrs at Zephyr Field, 4-3.

In addition to drawing seven walks, the Sounds outhit the Zephyrs 9-4. Nashville matched a season-high 13 men left on base and are now atop the league with 153 on the season.

The pitching tandem of Ryan Verdugo and Angel Castro was effective once again, giving up just the four hits in the game. Verdugo (1-2) suffered his second loss of the season and was charged with all four runs, just two of which were earned. Castro was marvelous throwing four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out five.

The Zephyrs got an early 2-0 lead in the second, capitalizing on newly-signed infielder Ryan Roberts’ fielding error. The second inning has been a difficult one for the Sounds who now have been outscored 15-3 in the frame this season. The Zephyrs added two more runs on Derek Dietrich’s 4th inning homerun. The blast was his 4th of the season.

Jason Pridie (2-for-5) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the first. He then drove in Billy Burns (2-for4) who scored his team-leading 16th run. Niuman Romero (1-for-3) drove in the last two runs for the Sounds, drawing a bases loaded walk in the fifth and driving in Roberts (2-for-5) with a RBI single in the 7th.

The Sounds and Zephyrs play again tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at Zephyr Field. Fresh off a stint with Oakland, Arnold Leon gets the ball for the Sounds. He will be opposed by Adam Conley.

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Bisons sign Wishon

Bisons sign Wishon

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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When the Lipscomb men’s basketball hits the court for the 2015-16 campaign it will be with some much-needed depth in the post as head coach Casey Alexander has signed 7-foot-2 center David Wishon to a National Letter of Intent.

“We’re excited about David and what he brings to our basketball team,” said Alexander.
“He brings us real depth at the center position and his size will obviously be an asset. David is eager for an opportunity to make a significant contribution and we think he can give us that.”

The brother of rising junior Brett Wishon, David Wishon comes to Lipscomb after three seasons at the College of Charleston and one year at Tulsa. With the Cougars, he averaged 11.5 minutes per game over the past two seasons and was a proficient shot blocker down low.

“What an awesome experience it will be for Brett and David,” said Alexander. “To play with your brother at the highest level of college basketball is a unique experience. I hope they both make the most of the opportunity.”

Like his brother Brett, David played one year of postgraduate basketball at Fork Union Military Academy before signing with Tulsa where he played in 14 games as a true freshman before transferring to College of Charleston.

Having already completed his degree, David will be eligible to play immediately this fall due to the NCAA graduate transfer rule.

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