Lady Mocs win easily in SoCon tennis event and other sports news

Lady Mocs win easily in SoCon tennis event and other sports news

April 20th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team had a first-round bye in the Southern Conference tournament and opens play this morning at 9, while the UTC women had to open Thursday but made it seem like a bye with a 4-0 win over Western Carolina at Elon. WCU (1-16) had only five players available so forfeited a doubles match and a singles match. The Lady Mocs (18-4) didn't even use their usual top two players but breezed to the doubles point and wrapped up the match with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 singles by freshmen Kelsey Coots and Kayla Jones. They face Furman at 11 this morning.


• The Chattanooga State baseball team lost its advantage at the top of the TCCAA standings by squandering 8-1 and 8-3 leads and falling 9-8 and 13-11 in the doubleheader last week at Jackson State, but the Tigers won the series finale 8-4 behind pitcher Colton Kinnamon and beat area four-year schools' junior varsities this week in preparing for this weekend's league series at home against Columbia State. Shortstop Jordan McDonald and double-play mate Marquis Webb each had three hits, McDonald with a home run, in a 6-1 win over Bryan, and Tyler Garner was 4-for-5 in the follow-up 13-0 win. Blake Davenport and Mark Harris were the winning pitchers. The Tigers won 11-1 and led 1-0 in a suspended game Wednesday against Covenant.


• Senior catcher Bri Shoemake from Ooltewah High School was one of three Carson-Newman softball players to be first-team All-South Atlantic Conference, including player of the year Brittany Hefner. Shoemake batted .369 in the regular season with 33 runs scored and a league-high 18 runners thrown out (50 percent). She and Ridgeland graduate Caitlyn Lance had two of the Lady Eagles' three hits in a 4-1 loss to Catawba in the league tournament Thursday. Carson-Newman had no second-team All-SAC selections.