Tommy Easley and Lewis Saunders hit three-run home runs and combined with Alex Gonzalez for 10 RBIs as Covenant beat visiting Emory & Henry 17-5 in NCAA Division III baseball Friday. Saunders had two hits and four RBIs, and Tyler Moore was 3-for-5 and scored twice for the Scots (3-1). John Mitchell was 2-for-4 with two walks, a triple and two RBIs and matched Gonzalez and Hunter Christian (2-for-3, two walks) with three runs.
» Lee University got only three hits and lost its baseball home and Gulf South Conference opener 5-0 to Valdosta State (8-1) on Friday. The Flames are 3-5. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, and four of the runs off Alan Rickman, Brandon Thompson and Brandon Bolt were unearned. The teams hope to play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. today.
» Bryan College is 8-3 after losing 10-8 and winning 8-7 against visiting Indiana Southeast. Jacob Justice's grand slam capped a seven-run second inning in game two, when Tyler Scott was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Wade Weinburger was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs in each game. In the Lions' loss, when they almost came back from an early 8-1 deficit, Lake Burris was 3-for-4 with two homers and three runs, Justice launched a three-run homer and Tucker Cain also homered.
» No. 22-ranked Valdosta State topped host Lee 9-1 in their GSC softball opener Friday. Taylor De Adder homered and Kayla Louie was 3-for-4 for Lee (6-7), while Lily Hatcher was 2-for-3 and Kayla Gooch 2-for-4 with a double.
» Lee's women won 73-71 in overtime but the men lost an 11-point halftime lead and fell 66-60 in GSC basketball Thursday at Alabama-Huntsville. Abby Bertram scored 21 points, reaching 1,000 for her Lee career, Haley Schubert scored 19 and Nikki Widenski made five steals for the Lady Flames (19-5, 13-3). Colton Blevins and Ryan Montgomery scored 14 points each for the Flames (12-12, 9-7).
» Led by 35 points from Randy Bell, Dalton State won 87-85 in a Southern States Athletic Conference game Thursday night at Florida College. Bell was 6-of-9 on 3-point shots, and Sean Chislom and Sean Cranney added 15 and 10 points for the Roadrunners (17-10, 12-7).
» Hunter Simpson had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Jacobi Lynn and Savannah Atkins scored 15 and 12 points as Tennessee Wesleyan University won 75-60 at Union College in AAC women's basketball Thursday. TWU is 19-8, 17-8 in the league, with 10 wins in its past 11 games. The TWU men (8-19, 4-17) lost for the 16th time in a row, 94-54 to Union (22-6, 17-4) but got 11 points from Parker Morgan and 10 plus nine rebounds from Todd Lansden.
» Covenant senior Joanna Smith from Chattanooga Christian School closed out her college career as an All-USA South West Division second-team selection for 2018-19, giving her all-conference status for the the third time. She averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game and shot 53.1 percent from the field. Sophomore Rachel Thomas was the Lady Scots' representative on the league's all-sportsmanship team.
» East Hamilton's Kayla Ford is a recent signee for Chattanooga State's second-year volleyball program. An all-district selection last fall, she helped the Lady Hurricanes win District 5-AAA the past two seasons and finish fifth and third in the state tournament. She has been part of the C-4 club team that won the K2 tournament and finished second in the region tournament in 2018 and won the 2019 West Icebreaker tournament. Ford also is a captain of the East Hamilton track and field team.
Swimming & Diving
» The Southern Athletic Association swimming and diving meet wraps up today in Birmingham, Alabama, and Sewanee divers Noel Whitlock and Paisley Simmons opened the competition with first- and second-place finishes in the women's 1-meter event Wednesday. The Tigers' Jed Henrichsen added a men's diving second place Thursday, when Carl Failing was third in the 50 freestyle swimming event and Lee Haber was fourth in the 500 free. Kate Mabry was fourth in the women's 200 individual medley.