University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Taylor Deason was named the Southern Conference softball pitcher of the week after her first weekend of official college play. The Clarksville, Tenn., resident pitched complete-game three-hitters against Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic at Dot Richardson's National Collegiate Invitational in Clermont, Fla., and she recorded 13 strikeouts in three appearances for UTC (3-2). After giving up three hits in her first inning, Deason allowed only three runs the rest of the weekend. She has a 1.79 earned run average after 15 2/3 innings.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Lee University baseball team, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA preseason poll, lost 9-3 to No. 12 Union College on Monday at Olympic Field. The visitors' season-opening win was the first loss in nine games for the Flames, who went 51-14 last year as Union finished 48-12 and No. 8 in the final poll. No. 3 batter Joe Engle was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and leadoff man Clay Ragland was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Bulldogs. Chris Avey was 3-for-4 and Edmanuel Rivera had two RBIs for Lee.
ATHENS, Tenn. -- The 18th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan baseball team bounced back from Sunday's 10-9 loss to West Virginia Tech to beat the Golden Bears 3-2 and 5-2 on Monday. The Bulldogs are 4-4.
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Temple beat Hiwassee 6-5 and 8-2 in college baseball Monday. Caden Shadrick was 2-for-4 in the first game and 3-for-5 with three RBIs in game two, when Taylor Wilson also had three RBIs and completed a three-double, 4-for-8 day for Temple (4-4). Jon Clayton was 2-for-3 with two doubles in the second game, and freshman Bryan Burnette pitched a two-hitter. Senior Josh Daniel allowed three earned runs in the first game and got the win when Brett Bartley doubled to lead off the seventh inning, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Chris Altman's fly. Nico McElrath was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in that game.
ATHENS, Tenn. -- Quincy Scates and Desmond Crisp scored 29 and 24 points and E'Jay Ward had 15 points, nine assists and six steals as Tennessee Wesleyan beat visiting Maryville College 100-79 in men's basketball Monday night. TWC is 19-9; Maryville is 15-9.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The Lee University women's basketball team, ranked fourth in NAIA Division I, shook off 31-percent first-half shooting and an eight-point halftime deficit to win 72-60 in a Southern States game Monday at Brenau. The Lady Flames (26-1, 18-0) shot 57 percent in the second half. Hollie German scored 21 points and Karley Miller and Angela Spann added 13 and 12 for Lee, Miller with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Brittney Wiley had 19 points and four steals for Brenau (11-16, 5-11).