Cash-Tammen in national 55s final and other Chattanooga sports news

Cash-Tammen in national 55s final and other Chattanooga sports news

May 11th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

Chattanooga's Wesley Cash is one match away from repeating as a United States Tennis Association national 55s indoor doubles champion, but with a different partner from last year. The Manker Patten teaching professional and Michael Tammen of Portland, Ore., are the top-seeded duo and will play today for the championship at Boise, Idaho, after defeating Ohio residents Thomas Lucci and Kevin Shaw 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals. Tammen, also a singles finalist as the No. 1 seed, and Cash won 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16 but needed three sets (4-6, 6-0, 6-3) to beat Robert Levine of Grand Rapids, Mich., and John Virgin of Palm Desert, Calif., in the quarterfinals. Cash and Mark Vines of Lynchburg, Va., won all four USTA 55s doubles titles in 2012.

Golf

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team is tied for 17th with Ole Miss after two rounds at the NCAA East Regional at Auburn, Ala. The Mocs shot a 10-over-par 298 and are at 31-over 607 with one round to go. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA championship. Tennessee and UCLA are tied for eighth at 10 over. "Today was OK and we had it going there for a while," Mocs coach Colette Murray said. "Yesterday was quite disappointing. Miracles can happen." Junior Jordan Britt and sophomore Agathe Sauzon led UTC with 2-over 74s on Friday. Those two and freshman Emily McLennan are tied for 63rd individually at 7 over. Isabella Loza is tied for 86th at 10 over. "They're keeping their heads up and they want this," Murray said. "Hopefully by the end of the day we'll be able to sneak into at least the top 10."

Baseball

• The top-seeded and nationally third-ranked Lee University baseball team beat second-seeded Madonna from Michigan 9-2 Friday in the NAIA Opening Series at Lee's Olympic Field in Cleveland and will play in the championship game at 6 tonight. The Flames (48-10) would have to lose that game and again Monday to keep from returning to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, where they have become fixtures in the top four in recent years. This is their last NAIA season. Karsten Strieby was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Danny Canela also had three hits, with an RBI, in Friday's game, when Jose Samayoa (10-1) and four relief pitchers combined on a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Samayoa had seven of those in his five innings. Cameron Brewster was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Brandon Rader was 2-for-4 and scored twice and Brady Renner, Corey Davis and Josh Silver each had two hits as well. Justin Cook homered for Madonna (37-10), which will play Avila at 2 p.m.

• Reigning NAIA champ Tennessee Wesleyan also got within one win of returning to the World Series by edging Missouri Baptist 6-5 in the series at Kingsport, Tenn. The eighth-ranked Bulldogs (45-16) won with a four-run eighth inning that included no extra-base hits. Jake Stone singled, Trey Griffin was hit by a pitch and Wes Minton walked to get it going with one out, and after a pitching change and Logan Dalton's sacrifice fly, Brackton Smith, Josh McCray and Brad Carpenter singled in runs. McCray was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Smith and Stone each had two hits for TWC, which plays for the championship and a Lewiston trip at 1:30 today, having to lose twice.

• Fifth-seeded Covenant College won 8-2 over Tennessee Temple and 6-3 over Union University on Friday and is assured of no worse than a third-place finish in the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Region baseball tournament in Nashville. Covenant (28-14) will play the loser of the winners-bracket final between top-seeded Campbellsville and host Trevecca Nazarene at 2 p.m. EDT today, and that winner will play for the championship. Will Cleland homered, Braeden Lane drove in two runs, Perry Rigby was 2-for-3 with two doubles and David Lockwood was 2-for-4 with four stolen bases and scored twice against Temple (17-22), which got only four hits off Jonah Paul. Brandon Blome had an RBI single for the Crusaders. Against Union, Lockwood was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Cleland, K.C. Simons and Reid Pope each was 2-for-3 with an RBI -- Simons scoring twice -- while Garrett Kriston pitched a seven-hitter. The Scots broke a 3-all tie with a three-run sixth inning.

Softball

• The Southeastern Conference softball tournament semifinals were rained out Friday in Lexington, Ky. The championship game still is set for 8 tonight, but that will be after fifth-seeded Georgia faces top seed Florida at 11 a.m. and No. 2 Tennessee meets third seed Missouri at 1:30. In the 5-0 win Thursday for nationally fourth-ranked UT against South Carolina, GPS graduate Tory Lewis was 1-for-3.

• Lee University is one of 10 opening-round hosts for the 2013 NAIA softball tournament. The Lady Flames open play Monday at 7 p.m. against Bethel (Ind.). The other two teams playing in Cleveland are Olivet Nazarene and Indiana University Southeast.

• East Carolina outfielder Meredith Mitchell from Sequatchie County made the Conference USA all-freshman softball team for 2013 after leading the Pirates with a .333 batting average in league games. She hit .291 overall with six stolen bases in eight tries for ECU, which went 21-31 in its first season under former Chattanooga State coach Beth Keylon-Randolph. Mitchell had nine outfield assists.