Area sports notes: Ole Miss coaches visiting Chattanooga on Monday

Area sports notes: Ole Miss coaches visiting Chattanooga on Monday

April 13th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

The University of Mississippi football and basketball head coaches — Matt Luke, Kermit Davis and Yolett McPhee-McCuin — will be part of the BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip stop Monday morning in Chattanooga at the Acropolis Mediterranean Grill near Hamilton Place mall. The 7:30 event will include a breakfast buffet as well as comments from the coaches and Ross Bjork, the vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, autograph opportunities and Ole Miss merchandise. Tickets cost $15 and are available at Eleven stops in six days begin Sunday evening in Atlanta.


» Zack Birge of Oklahoma made history Friday on Chickamauga Lake with his second 50-pounds-plus round and a 105-6 total in Stage Four of the new Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. Eleven of the competing pros have exceeded 80 pounds in two rounds of the no-limit tournament out of Dayton Boat Dock. Birge's 54-2 total in Friday's elimination round came from 28 largemouth bass. Dayton's Andy Morgan was at 88-5 — fifth in Group B — after a 56-13 day, but everybody in the knockout round today starts at zero. Michael Neal of Dayton was seventh in B at 86-10, and Jacob Wheeler of Harrison was 16th at 75-11. Aaron Martens of Leeds, Alabama, led Group A with 94-0.

» Buddy Gross of Chickamauga and Miles Burghoff of Hixson finished 44th and 46th Friday in the FLW Tour bass tournament on Cherokee Lake with two-day totals of 28 pounds, 8 ounces and 28-3. Each earned $10,000. Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the leader at 36-4 for the 30 pros in today's semifinal round.


» Lee University's Dustin DeMersseman was named the Gulf South Conference men's freshman golfer of the month for March after a 28th-place tie at 218 in the Southeastern Intercollegiate and two eighth-place finishes at 212 and 217. "Dustin has stepped up for our team this spring and played some very good golf and he's just getting started," coach John Maupin said in a Lee release.


» Lee University began its Gulf South Conference series Friday night at West Florida with a 1-0 win over the nationally fifth-ranked Argonauts, as Parker Stahlman singled and scored on Thomas Zazzaro's double in the third inning and Logan Workman and Randall Coxwell combined to pitch a shutout. Coxwell came into a bases-loaded situation in the fifth inning and got a 5-2-3 double play and a pop-out. He allowed just two hits in five innings.

» Tennessee Wesleyan, No. 3 in the NAIA baseball rankings, won 15-11 and 10-3 Thursday and 10-0 Friday in its Appalachian Athletic Conference series at Reinhardt. Max Draijer was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, Tyler Reichenborn had three RBIs, Manny Perez and Shamoy Christopher each had three hits and two RBIs and Adrian Marquez and Anthony Williams scored four and three runs in the first game for the Bulldogs (37-7, 16-5). Aloysius Cruz was 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs in their second win, when Draijer homered again and Reichenborn and Braden Mosley each was 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, Reichenborn scoring three times. Philip Sieli struck out eight batters in his six innings pitched. Friday, Cole Bellair pitched a three-hit shutout and Reichenborn again was 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs. Bryce Giles also was 3-for-4, scoring twice, Perez was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and Mosley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

» No. 24 Bryan College won 11-4 at Milligan in AAC play Thursday and lost 15-5 and won 11-8 against the Buffaloes on Friday. Thursday for the Lions (29-12, 14-7), Tyler Scott was 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, Marcus Catalano had a homer and three RBIs, David Scoggins and Wade Weinburger each was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jacob Justice was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs. In Friday's loss, Jesus Astudillo was 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and three RBIs, and Anthony Tejeda also homered. Lake Burris homered and singled and drove in three runs in the series finale, when Weinburger tripled and singled and matched Parker Cosby with two RBIs and Gabe Howell also homered. Tucker Cain was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, and Tyler Scott was 2-for-4 and scored twice.

» Cleveland State won 3-1 and 2-1 in TCCAA baseball Friday at Volunteer State, with Ryan Inches pitching a three-hitter with six strikeouts and Ethan Walls and Brennan Davis combining on a two-hitter. Marcial Hernandez was 2-for-2 with a homer, a double and two runs and Brock Browning was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Cougars (22-15, 11-7) in the first game. Tucker Mendenhall was 2-for-4 and Andrew Carpenter was 1-for-1 with an RBI in the rematch.

» Covenant's weekend USA South series at Brevard was changed from Friday and today to one game today at 3 p.m. at Marion, North Carolina, and a doubleheader Monday on Brevard's field.