published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley already 3-0 in Kentucky career

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Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley from Soddy-Daisy is 3-0 for her Kentucky softball career after complete-game wins against Western Michigan and 20th-ranked Stanford and a victory in relief against Oregon State. She pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and one run allowed against Stanford and has a 2.83 earned run average for four appearances totaling 17 1/3 innings, with 19 hits allowed, 19 strikeouts and five walks. Kentucky is 4-2.

• The Carson-Newman softball team improved to 6-0 by edging King College twice Monday at Jefferson City, Tenn. -- 4-3 and 10-9 in eight innings. They were the first wins for the school as a university. Only one of the first-game runs off Chattanooga State transfer Cassie Lyons was earned, and Sara Kelley from Ooltewah High School and Caitlyn Lance from Ridgeland each was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kelley doubled twice, Lance once. Lance was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in game two, when Braleigh Angel from Baylor was 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, Jessica Morgan from Ooltewah was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Bri Shoemake from Ooltewah was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Morgan's liner off the King pitcher scored Lyons with the winning run.

Basketball

• Freshman Chadarryl Clay from Girls Preparatory School made her first career start for Auburn University on Sunday and had six assists with six points in a 65-57 Southeastern Conference home loss to Florida. Clay started at point guard in place of injured Najat Quardad. Clay's 3-point shot with 14:15 to go tied the score at 35 for Auburn (13-11, 2-9), but the Gators (15-9, 4-6) then went on a 12-3 run and led the rest of the way.

• After their 78-69 loss to West Georgia Tech last Friday in LaGrange, Ga., the Northwestern Georgia Lady Bobcats are a half-game behind the Lady Golden Knights (5-1 to 4-1) in NJCAA Region XVII play. GNTC, which won the region tournament and went on to the national event last year, can create a first-place tie by winning Saturday at 2 p.m. against Middle Georgia Tech in a doubleheader with the men's teams at the Rossville Athletic Complex. A Lady Cats victory would lead to a coin flip to determine the top seed for the national qualifier, since the Lady Cats and Lady Golden Knights split their two meetings. Some proceeds from the remaining GNTC home games will go to tornado relief in Adairsville and nearby areas recently hit.

Fishing

• David Perron of Dayton, Cliff Broadrick of Tullahoma and Brad Harmon of Ringgold were fourth, fifth and seventh in the co-angler category of the season's first Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament Saturday on Lake Guntersville. Perron brought in 21 pounds, 2 ounces while Broadrick and Harmon weighed 18-8 and 18-1. Helped by the tournament's 13-1 "big bass" whopper, Creighton Johnson of Canton, Ga., was the top co-angler with 25-14, good for $2,783. Johnny Patterson of Grant, Ala., was the pro winner with 31-12, good for $5,565. Tim Buckner of Scottsboro was 10th with 21-15, and Rossville's Jeff Todd tied for 16th with 19-11.

Equestrian

• The Sewanee equestrian team was the reserve high point team (runner-up) both Saturday and Sunday at Middle Tennessee State's IHSA horse show. Sewanee's Kaylee Beauchamp was the reserve high point rider Saturday with an intermediate fences victory and a third in open flat, and she qualified for the IHSA Regional. Other Sewanee winners Saturday were Elizabeth Corey and Holly Higgins in intermediate flat and Jacklyn Valakda in walk/trot/canter, and Ann Marie Walker, Blain Lewis, Elizabeth McClendon and Sara Parks had second-place showings. Higgins and Valakda repeated their wins Sunday, when Allan Palmer won in open fences, Lillibet Motion won in open flat and Emily Guest won in intermediate flat.

Golf

• The Covenant College men's golf team is tied for eighth place in the 15-team Coastal Georgia tournament after Monday's round. Led by Trey Patterson in 12th place individually at 75, the Scots are tied with Truett-McConnell at 316, three shots out of fifth. Faulkner has a 16-stroke lead at 286 with Daniel Jansen leading at 69. Levi Nix shot a 78 for Covenant, and Cameron Lewis had an 80.

• King University senior Richard Powell from Hixson and Notre Dame High School shot a 74 as part of the Tornado's first-round 295 in the 2013 Spring Kick-Off golf tournament Monday at Fleming Island Golf Club at Orange Park, Fla. Led by Taylor Gouge's 72, King is in fifth place, one shot out of a tie for third. Georgia Southwestern State leads by six at 286.

Baseball

• Tennessee Temple's scheduled baseball doubleheader against Johnson University on Monday was rained out. It was to be played at Red Bank High School.

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