Mocs top UNCG in SoCon tourney

Mocs top UNCG in SoCon tourney

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

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team edged UNC Greensboro 4-3 in the Southern Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday at Elon, but the UTC women lost by the same score to Furman. The UTC men (12-8) are in the semifinals for the first time in six years. They face Elon at 2 p.m. today. The Mocs fell behind UNCG 3-1 in singles play despite Roberto Vieira's win at No. 1, but Ankit Chopra at No. 3 pulled out a three-set win and and Jackson Tresnan at No. 6 won 7-6, 7-6 and Vieira with Chopra and Tresnan with Manuel Barroetavena won in doubles to get UTC the deciding point. "Ankit stole a big one for us against a very tough opponent," Mocs coach Carlos Garcia said. "He battled in the last two sets. I liked our chances with Jackson on the court at No. 6. He played very well today and delivered in some pressure situations." Senior Jenna Nurik at No. 1 and freshmen Kayla Jones and Kelsey Coots at Nos. 3 and 5 won in singles for the Lady Mocs, whose 18-5 final record included the program's most wins since 23-1 in 1991. Jones also won with classsmate Katie Polk in doubles.

Track & Field

• Bryan College won two men's and two women's events at the Appalachian Athletic Conference outdoor track and field meet Thursday in Johnson City, Tenn., and 10 Lions and Lady Lions were all-conference, but Tennessee Wesleyan won the women's team title and finished second by four points to Milligan in the men's competition. The five men's teams were separated by only 18 points, and Bryan's Lions were fourth with the Lady Lions third. Bryan freshman Sarah White won the women's 400-meter dash by almost four seconds in a personal-best time of 1:00.80, and Jessica Stockton won the 5000 in 19:03.19 in another personal record. Andrea Spencer was all-conference in two events with a second-place 800 and a third-place 1500. The Lions' Alex Stephens won the men's 1500 in 4:02.43 with teammates Anthony Simpson, Connor Hatfield and Jason McLeod third through fifth, and freshman Tim Sigmon won the 5k by nearly 20 seconds with fellow Lions Matt Jenkins and Anders Clarke fourth and fifth. Madison Yates and Joel Johnston were second and third in the 800, with Jacob Shelton eighth, and Caleb Cobb was eighth in the 400. Yates, Johnston, Simpson and Stephens were third in the 4x400 relay for Bryan, which is competing today at Sewanee's Mountain Lauren Invitational.

• The annual Special Olympics Lloyd Ray Smith Spring Games in track and field will be held today at McCallie School, beginning at 10 a.m., and the public is invited to attend and show support. Longtime Brainerd High School coaches Carolyn Jackson and Robert High will be the grand marshals, and Carlene Melton from the Orange Grove Center is the athlete of the year.

Baseball

• Although Chris Jeffries went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, his Bryan College baseball team lost 6-5 in an AAC game Friday night at Milligan. Bryan (24-22, 7-12) scored an unearned run on Kevin Layne's single and added a passed-ball score for a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Buffaloes scored three in the bottom half and led 6-3 before the Lions got single runs in the last three innings.

• Former McMinn County High School standout Heath Comerford of Tusculum College was the South Atlantic Conference baseball player of the week for games through last Sunday. The 6-foot-4 junior from Athens batted .556 with two walk-off winning hits in five games last week. He was 5-for-5 with a home run, a triple and three doubles in an 11-10 win over Trevecca Nazarene, and his third double ended that game in the 10th inning. He had a three-run homer in a 4-3 defeat of Wingate, and he totaled 10 hits with five walks and eight RBIs for the week. Comerford scored a run in the Pioneers' 7-1 win over Newberry in the SAC tournament Thursday at Forest City, N.C.; they face Lincoln Memorial today.

• Because of wet field conditions, the Chattanooga State and Cleveland State baseball programs flipped their scheduled Friday TCCAA nine-inning home games to Sunday with doubleheaders still scheduled for today against Columbia State and Jackson State, respectively.

Softball

• Lincoln Memorial knocked Carson-Newman out of the SAC softball tournament with a 9-5 losers-bracket win Friday. Bri Shoemake from Ooltewah High School and Caitlyn Lance from Ridgeland High each was 2-for-4 in defeat for the Lady Eagles (30-18), Lance with an RBI and a run scored and Shoemake with a double and a run.