published Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Flames win 9-3 in NAIA World Series

LEWISTON, Idaho -- Second-seeded Lee University jumped quickly on Point Park of Pennsylvania and won 9-3 Saturday in the second round of the baseball NAIA World Series. The Flames (55-9-1) will play No. 3 seed Oklahoma City (48-10) at 9:30 p.m. EDT Monday after fourth-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan (49-11) faces top seed LSU Shreveport or ninth seed Rogers State (Okla.) at 6 EDT. Those two played the late game Saturday. Wesleyan beat Embry-Riddle 17-3 on Friday, and the Florida school was the first team eliminated when USC-Beaufort won their Saturday matchup. Oklahoma City beat tourney host Lewis-Clark State 7-2 on Friday, and Lewis-Clark State ousted College of Idaho on Saturday. Saturday for Lee, Corey Davis was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Brady Renner and Mike Moore each was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jorge Saez had two hits and an RBI and Roberto Reyes and Trevor Burgess each scored twice, Reyes walking three times. The Flames scored five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth and Kris Hall (12-0) took the 9-0 lead into the sixth before giving up three of the five hits and three of the five walks he allowed, plus two run-scoring wild pitches and a third run. Ossie Alfonzo had his second three-hit game in a row for Point Park (52-10).

• JACKSON, Tenn. -- Former Soddy-Daisy High School and Cleveland State pitcher Zane Leffew was a workhorse winner in relief and fellow senior Jon Clinard from Bradley Central was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as top-seeded Austin Peay beat Southeast Missouri 10-6 in the losers-bracket final of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament Saturday. The Governors then beat fourth-seeded Eastern Illinois 7-0, forcing a second final today. Against SEMO, Leffew pitched 6 2/3 innings, his longest stint at APSU, and allowed four hits and three runs in improving to 3-2 for the season. He came into the game with no outs and the bases loaded in the second inning and got a double play on which a run scored and then the third out.

• DELAND, Fla. -- Unanimous all-conference choice Chase Brookshire from McCallie School pitched on two days' rest Saturday to get Belmont University started toward a 10-4 win over Kennesaw State and a second consecutive Atlantic Sun tournament title. Brookshire gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings, with five strikeouts, and leadoff batter Dylan Craig from Baylor walked twice and scored a run for the Bruins (39-22).

Auto Racing

• Lamar Scoggins won the Steel-Head Late Models race Friday night at Boyd's Speedway with Brian Jackson a close second and Dewayne Powell, Jamie Perry and Andy Miller completing the top five, and Todd Morrow won the Crate Late Models feature with Jeff Smith second and Jason Welshan third. Booger Brooks won in A-Hobby with Scott Gravitt and John Clark second and third, and Dallas Brooks, Ronnie Brooks and Corey Sanders were one-two-three in B-Hobby. Daniel Burnette won the Front Wheel Drive race with James Dykes second and Adam Reseigh third. The track will host the Nesmith Crate Late Model Series this Friday night.

Track & Field

• MARION, Ind. -- Bryan College senior Bryson Harper finished fourth in 9:13.58 and freshman teammate Connor Hatfield was 12th in 9:41.45 in the 3000-meter steeplechase as the NAIA national outdoor track and field meet ended Saturday. They had to make the top 14 in the steeple preliminaries Thursday. Shorter's Daniel Sorenson edged teammate Oscar Ogwaro in a fierce battle for first, 8:58.44 to 8:58.53. Bryan's Alex Stephens just missed the finals in the 1500 with a 16th-place prelims finish, 3:58.16.

• Sewanee freshman Sally Warm from Baylor School finished 16th in the women's high jump at the NCAA Division III track and field meet Friday in Claremont, Calif. The Sewanee record-holder at 1.69 meters (5 feet, 6.5 inches) jumped 1.59 meters in the national event. "Sally did a fantastic job this season," Tigers coach Jeff Heitzenrater said, citing assistant coach Ossie Buchannon's role. "I am excited to help her improve over the next three years."

Running

• The oldest running road race in Chattanooga will be held again Monday in what has become traditional as a Memorial Day event in the Riverview area of North Chattanooga. Now sponsored by Fast Break Athletics, the Chattanooga Chase not always has been held at the same general site, like some of the area's other old races, but this will be its 45th running. The 8-kilometer main event will start at 8 a.m. at Riverview Park and features the grueling Minnekahda climb, and for the first time there will be prize money for the top three overall male and female finishers: $100, $50 and $30. A competitive one-mile race starting at 10 has been added this year with prizes for the top three of $40, $25 and $15. Race-day registration will open at 7 a.m. Alan Outlaw and Sarah Woerner were the 8k winners last year in 27:00 and 31:39.

Softball

• Middle Tennessee State softball coach Sue Nevar announced her retirement Thursday after five seasons with the Blue Raiders and 16 years as a college head coach. Nina Davenport from Baylor School was a junior outfielder for MTSU (16-33, 5-18 Sun Belt) and started all 49 games this season, finishing with a .280 batting average and six triples.

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