Around the Region: Tennesse Wesleyan wins AAC baseball title again

Around the Region: Tennesse Wesleyan wins AAC baseball title again

May 8th, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan beat No. 6 seed Truett McConnell 4-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament's championship game Sunday in Kingsport, Tenn. Malik Stephens went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run, Edwin Bonilla also homered and Grant Lang was 2-for-4 with an RBI double for the Bulldogs (39-18), who won the AAC for the third straight season and 10th time in 11 years. Adrian Gonzalez also was 2-for-4, Brantley Flanagan earned the win with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief pitching and Chris Washington struck out the side in the ninth for a save. The Bulldogs beat the Bears (31-26) for the fourth time this season.


- UNC Greensboro is the No. 1 seed for the Southern Conference tournament that starts Wednesday at Frost Stadium. The Spartans (28-22, 11-6) clinched a share of the regular-season title with Sunday's 7-2 home win against East Tennessee State University (25-24, 11-6) and got the top seed on a tiebreaker. Also sharing the regular-season crown and seeded second for the double-elimination tourney is Furman (31-21, 11-6), which faces the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday — the host Mocs (14-36, 4-14) are seeded seventh — after No. 4 seed Samford (22-34, 10-8) faces No. 5 Mercer (24-29, 9-9) in the 10 a.m. opener. That winner faces UNCG on Thursday, while the UTC-Furman winner will play the winner of Wednesday's 3 p.m. game between No. 3 ETSU (coached by former UTC assistant Brad Irwin) and No. 6 Western Carolina (17-28, 6-11). Kelsey Chernak from Ooltewah was 2-for-3 in ETSU's 4-2 loss Saturday and 2-for-4 with an RBI in the 9-7 second-game win, when leadoff batter Mykeah Johnson from Northwest Whitfield tripled, walked twice and scored two runs, and former Chattanooga State pitcher Sharlene Godoy got a save. Tiffany Laughren was 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs for the Bucs. On Sunday, Johnson and Laughren each went 2-for-4, Laughren with two RBIs.

- Ninth-seeded Cleveland State lost 6-0 to No. 8 seed Motlow in a play-in game Sunday for the double-elimination portion of the TCCAA/NJCAA Region 7 softball tournament in Gallatin, Tenn. Cleveland State finished 15-34.

- Lee University lost 4-2 to Mississippi College late Saturday in Huntsville, Ala., in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference tournament, which was reduced to a single-elimination format after two days of rain delays. Stevie Baird's home run on the third pitch of the game gave Lee a 1-0 lead, and she scored again on a Brooklynn Frazier single to make it 2-0 in the third inning. But the Choctaws tied it in the fourth against pitcher Leigh Beatenbough (16-9), went ahead with a homer in the fifth and added a run in the sixth off reliever Taylor Moran. The Lady Flames (33-18) learn today if they'll receive an at-large spot in an NCAA Division II regional.


- Privateer Yacht Club's David Bergevin and Tom Clark held on to win the Chattanooga Challenge regatta for Catalina 22 sailboats on Chickamauga Lake. After winning both races Saturday, they were fourth in Sunday's lone race, which was won by Jim Crane from Georgia's Rome Sailing Club. He sailed with Stef Nemeth and Glenn and Rebecca Segrest, and they moved up to third overall. PYC's Bill Robertson and John Rogers were second Sunday and overall, with Brian Retterbush and Doug Vergdall from Dayton, Ohio, fourth and Sam Beckman from Percy Priest in Nashville with son Jake fifth in the overall standings.


- Covenant College is the winner of the USA South overall sportsmanship trophy for the fourth consecutive year, after receiving five team sportsmanship awards (men's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, baseball and men's tennis) for the 2016-17 school year. The soccer and baseball honors were four in a row also.