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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team was 12th at 9-over-par 297 after the first round Sunday in Auburn's 19-school Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner at Opelika, Alabama. No. 15-ranked Auburn led with a 269. Individually, UTC's Will Porter was tied for 12th with a 70 and Oliver Simonsen and A.J. Lintunen shot 73 and 75. The UTC women open today in the UNF Collegiate in Jacksonville.

 

Tennis

* The UTC men's tennis Mocs lost two of four three-set singles matches and their No. 1 player to an injury and fell 4-3 Sunday in Southern Conference play at Mercer. The host Bears (4-10, 1-0) won the doubles point despite a 6-4 win by UTC's Turner Voges and Luke Plaisted and went up 2-0 when Niklas Gerdes had to retire while leading 4-1 in a potentially tying second set against 71st-ranked Olivier Stuart. The Mocs (12-5, 1-1) got a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 from Tomas Rodriguez and three-set triumphs from Jeffrey Dewald and Simon Bustamante.

* Lee University lost 5-2 to the nationally 19th-ranked Valdosta State University men and 4-3 to the VSU women in Gulf South Conference tennis Saturday in southern Georgia. Micaela Belen Maiz, Lauren Trammell and Dana Moreno won in singles for Lee's Lady Flames (3-5, 1-3), Trammell and Moreno in three sets, and Bruno Medeiros won in three sets for the Flames (3-5, 1-3). Lee's Jesus Garcia won a 10-4 super set tiebreak over Division II's seventh-ranked singles player.

 

Softball

* A four-run Florida A&M first inning aided by three errors held up for a 4-2 softball win over UTC on Sunday at Clearwater, Florida. Reagan Armour and Emily Coltharp had RBI singles and Allison Swinford allowed only one hit and struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of relief pitching for the Mocs (6-14). Gracey Kruse was 2-for-3 and Armour 2-for-4, and Coltharp was 1-for-2 and walked twice.

* Taylor De Adder's sixth-inning home run was the deciding score in Lee's 2-1 GSC softball win Sunday at No. 19 Valdosta State, but also crucial were the sacrifice fly Kayla Gooch hit and the one she prevented. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Gooch caught a fly in right field and threw out the runner racing home from third, ending the game. That preserved a pitching win for Shonna Penney (6-1), who allowed only an unearned run with six hits and seven walks in a 142-pitch complete game. Lee is 13-8, 4-5 in the GSC; VSU is 16-5, 7-2.

 

Baseball

* After its 8-0 win Friday, the Lee baseball team completed a GSC road sweep Saturday with 8-5 and 4-1 victories at 11th-ranked Valdosta State (12-6, 4-4). Alan Smith hit an RBI single and a go-ahead grand slam for the Flames (13-9, 6-3) in Saturday's first game, when Luke Hughes, Dylan Standifer, Justin Fragale and Landon Silver also had two hits and Thomas Zazzaro, Keyshaun Smith and Hughes each scored two runs. In the series finale, Zazzaro was 2-for-4 with a two-run single, Standifer was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Keyshaun Smith also had an RBI single and starting pitcher Randall Coxwell allowed just three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven Blazers in 6 1/3 innings. Andrew Franklin relieved with the bases loaded and got two infield outs for the save.

* Max Murray was 4-for-5 and matched Jack Galanek with three RBIs as Sewanee beat visiting Rose-Hulman 11-5 Sunday after losing 6-2 and winning 4-3 in an extra inning Saturday. Jake Woolard batted in both Tigers runs in their loss, when Shane Smith was 2-for-2 and scored one, and Galanek had two hits in each of the three games, scoring twice in the 4-3 win. Hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, Galanek scored the game-ending run on Sully McCreery's pinch-hit single — after Chris McNulty hit a tying single in the seventh. Sunday, Jared Demkowicz was 3-for-4 and scored three times, McNulty was 2-for-4 with three runs, Smith was 3-for-5 and Woolard had two RBIs and scored twice.

Compiled by Ron Bush. Contact him at rbush@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6291.

 

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