The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team rebounded from a disappointing end to the first game of its nonconference softball doubleheader Thursday by defeating Georgia State 4-1 in the second game at Jim Frost Stadium. UTC appeared to win the opener 4-2 on a long three-run home run by Michelle Fuzzard with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but on appeal Fuzzard was ruled out for having batted out of turn. She batted in her original spot but was not properly re-entered, the umpires ruled, after Layne Rainey ran for her in the sixth inning. Fuzzard pitched the first five innings and Kandice Irwin (8-2) worked the last three, each allowing two hits and one run. Paige Nowacki was 2-for-4 with a home run for Georgia State (16-16), and Lauren Jones had what turned out to be the winning double in the top of the eighth. The Lady Mocs also had only four hits off Alana Thomas and Erin Collins (2-1). Kasey Tydingco doubled and scored on Vivian Morimoto's single in the second inning. Tydingco doubled in two runs in the fifth inning of game two to put UTC (22-8) up 4-0, and Lyndsey Stiles and Fuzzard each was 2-for-3. Stiles added her 20th stolen base of the season. Nikki Waters (5-1) allowed four hits in five innings and Irwin finished up for her fifth save, tying her for the NCAA lead this season and tying her for eighth in career saves.
• Annemieke McReynolds Blackman fittingly will stand alone in being inducted this weekend into the GPS Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1996 GPS graduate was Southeastern Swimming's athlete of the year in 1993, '94 and '95 and was a three-time state champion and 10-time NISCA All-American. She was the USA Swimming national champion in the 200-meter breaststroke three times and doubled up in 1995 as the 100-meter national champ, and she still holds the Bruisers' record for the 100-yard breast. That used to be the state record. She was sixth in the U.S. Olympic Trials as a GPS senior and fifth as an Auburn freshman, and she was a seven-time college All-American, a member of an NCAA champion relay team and Auburn's record-holder in the 200-yard breast. She represented the United States in international juniors competition, the World University Games and the Goodwill Games in Russia, where she won the gold medal in the 200-meter breast and a silver in the 100 breast. She also won a gold medal in the 200 at the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada. Now a pediatric nurse living in Alabaster, Ala., with her husband and three sons, she was inducted into the Southeastern Swimming Hall of Fame in 2008.
• The Chattanooga State baseball team moved up this week to No. 2 in the NJCAA Division I poll. The Tigers, who made their first trip to the NJCAA World Series in Colorado last spring, were 28-3 at the time of the voting. Salt Lake Community College is No. 1 at 30-2, and Walters State from Chatt State's league is No. 10.
• Chattanooga's T.J. Killelea is tied with King College teammate Brent Baker of Kingsport for fifth place in the men's "B" points standings of the Southern Collegiate Cycling Conference. King's Ellie Ferguson from Knoxville is No. 1 in women's "B," one point ahead of a Central Florida rider. King competes this weekend at Mars Hill, N.C.