published Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Bryan's Lions lose opener in NAIA series — and more Chattanooga region sports news

Kelvin McMiller homered and drove in both runs for Bryan College in a 4-2 loss to Culver-Stockton from Missouri in the first game of the five-team NAIA national baseball opening series Monday at Kingsport, Tenn. Preston King was 2-for-3 and Joey Underwood was 2-for-4 in defeat for the Lions (33-27), who play an elimination game this morning. Culver-Stockton (30-26) got only five hits off Bryan's Chad Burrows, but Cody Jacobson and Nate Olin each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

• The Covenant College baseball team has been seeded sixth for the NCAA Division III South Regional being played in Demorest, Ga., and the 26-13 Scots open against top seed Shenandoah (31-9) at noon Wednesday. Emory, Birmingham-Southern, Bridgewater and Rhodes are the second through fifth seeds. This is the first Division III national appearance for Covenant's Scots, who won the USA South.

Basketball

• Dade County High School senior guard Clynt Bell, the Chattanooga area's leading scorer at just over 28 points per game this past basketball season, has signed to play for Dalton State College and coach Tony Ingle. A three-year starter at Dade, Bell caught the attention of the Roadrunners' staff with a strong workout recently. "He went for a tryout and really shot the lights out," Wolverines coach Glen Hicks said. "Coach Ingle likes to play up-tempo and they have several bigs, so he believes Clynt might be the missing piece to keep teams from double-teaming those guys all the time. I think it's a great fit for Clynt and Dalton State."

Softball

• Top-seeded host Auburn-Montgomery remained unbeaten at home this season with an 8-4 defeat of Bryan College on Monday in the NAIA opening-round softball series, but only after scoring five runs in the seventh inning after allowing the fourth-seeded Lady Lions four in the bottom of the sixth. Therese Byrne was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for AUM (39-6), and Taylor Yates was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run for Bryan (29-23), which faces second seed Houston-Victoria today at 4:30 EDT.

• Chattanooga State is seeded fourth out of the 16 teams at the NJCAA Division I softball tournament at St. George, Utah, and faces 13th seed Darton State (45-10) from Georgia in a 6 p.m. EDT opener Wednesday. The Lady Tigers (51-6) trail No. 1 Arizona Western (48-7), Southern Idaho (46-15) and Tallahassee (41-12) in the seedings.

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