Mocs, Steven Fox leaders in SoCon golf tourney

Mocs, Steven Fox leaders in SoCon golf tourney

April 23rd, 2013 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team moved into first place at the Southern Conference tournament through the second round Monday at the Ralston Creek Course at Daniel Island, S.C. UTC shot a 2-over-par 290 and has a two-day total of 588 heading into the last round today. Davidson sits in second at 591, and the next nearest competitor is the College of Charleston at 600. "We got off to a great start -- the back nine is really tough -- then we gave some shots back," UTC coach Mark Guhne said by phone. "We've got to be more consistent on the back nine." UTC senior Steven Fox leads the medalist race at 1-under 143. His round of 71 included six birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey. "Steven had it going, then he made some mistakes, but he birdied the last," Guhne said. "He's got the lead and he's got the experience. Hopefully he can close the deal." Davidson's Todd Eckstein is two shots behind Fox. Liam Johnston also shot a 71 for UTC. Davis Bunn shot 72 and Chris Robb shot 76.

• Lee University dominated the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference women's golf awards with John Maupin as coach of the year, Courtney Shelton repeating as player of the year, freshman Bernadette Little as newcomer of the year and Sloane Skinner and Madison Alexander joining Shelton and Little on the All-SSAC team. Skinner, Shelton, Alexander, Kristin Bourg and Chelsea Rakestraw made the SSAC academic team. Skinner is a four-time all-conference selection.


• Clint Terry (8-1) and four relievers pitched Lee University to a 4-1 home baseball victory Monday against Georgia Gwinnett. Mark Silva drove in two runs, Brady Renner homered and Danny Canela had the other RBI for the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Flames (39-10), while Cameron Brewster was 3-for-4 and Corey Davis had two hits and scored a run. Andy Hillis got his eighth save of the season.

• Chattanooga State slipped to third place in the close TCCAA baseball standings by sandwiching 5-2 and 11-8 losses around an 8-2 win over Columbia State this past weekend. The Tigers, who host Hiwassee in a nonconference doubleheader Wednesday, are 35-13 overall and 15-9 in TCCAA play, compared to 16-8 for Walters State and 15-9 for Dyersburg State.


• Berry College freshman catcher Abby Daniels from Ooltewah was chosen Southern Athletic Association softball player of the week after batting .692 as her team went 4-0 and won the regular-season championship. Daniels was 9-for-14 with four doubles and six RBIs.

• East Carolina edged Memphis 2-1 and 4-2 in a Conference USA softball doubleheader Saturday that included former Chattanooga State personnel on both teams. ECU center fielder Meredith Mitchell from Sequatchie County was 3-for-6 for the team directed by her former Chatt State coaches, Beth Keylon-Randolph and Steve Jaecks, and she threw out a runner at home in the sixth inning of game two. Memphis shortstop Laura Curtis from Chattanooga Christian and Chatt State had a hit in the first game. ECU (21-25, 11-7) completed the sweep with a 4-3 win Sunday in which Mitchell stretched her hit streak to seven games. She's batting .305, .375 in C-USA games.

• Seventh-seeded Bryan College edged 10th seed Montreat 7-5 Monday in a play-in game to the double-elimination part of the Appalachian Athletic Conference softball tournament. Christine Marino was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Alexsa Valdes and Rachel Kirby each was 3-for-4, Heather Daniel had two RBIs and Valdes and Kirstie Jennings each scored twice for Bryan, which plays Virginia Intermont today ahead of Tennessee Wesleyan's game against Point.

• Caroline MacAusland and Katie Deems pitched Lee University to 5-2 and 4-1 SSAC softball wins Sunday at Southern Wesleyan. Ana Coscorrosa batted in two runs and Lexie Dean and Meghan Macias had two hits each in the first game for Lee (39-8, 21-5), and Coscorrosa doubled among three hits and had two RBIs again in the rematch, when Dominique Hannah was 3-for-4 and Macias was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Dean, Laurel Allen and Amanda Lynn also had two hits each while Deems allowed only three.