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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball season is over after all. No WNIT. Same with three UTC wrestlers scheduled to be in Minneapolis next week for their sport's NCAA tournament. The Bryan women's basketball Lions were one-and-done again in their NAIA national event in Iowa, but this time after a win. Lee University's women won't be hosting an eight-team NCAA Division II basketball regional, which was to start Friday, and the Lee men had to return to Cleveland from Florida before their regional tipped off. So did the five Lee track and field athletes who were in Birmingham, Alabama, for the indoor nationals. At least Dalton State's men in NAIA Division I and Chattanooga State's women in NJCAA Division I found out before traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, and Lubbock, Texas, that their national basketball tournaments next week were called off — and the NJCAA held out hope that it might hold its men's and women's events the week of April 20. Spring sports teams at UTC, Lee, Covenant and Sewanee have no NCAA titles to shoot for. All these chances for national glory are lost in the sports world's response to help limit the spread of the worldwide novel coronavirus. Lee, which also canceled its baseball and softball series this weekend against West Florida, reported that the Gulf South Conference board of directors will meet Friday to discuss what to do with the spring sports.

 

Baseball

* A long fog delay kept Sewanee from getting in a doubleheader Thursday against touring Iowa Wesleyan, but the host Tigers filled up on a single 22-8 win. Braxton Swanson was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, while Jared Demkowicz (with a homer), Jake Woolard and Jack Galanek each knocked in three for the Tigers (10-5-1). Chris McNulty scored four runs; Shane Smith scored three.

* Ryan Beamish homered and singled and batted in five runs on his birthday Wednesday as Lee defeated visiting Young Harris 10-5. Dylan Standifer also homered, Alan Smith was 3-for-4 and Luke Hughes was 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the Flames (14-9), and nine Lee pitchers allowed a total of five hits.

 

Softball

* Cleveland State's Kaylee Cornelius was the TSSAA softball pitcher of the week for a five-appearance span with two wins and a save, and Wednesday she and Anna Yell combined on a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 27-0 rout of visiting Glen Oaks. Macy Smith threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts in a preceding 8-0 victory in which Yell went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs. McCoy Hensley also was 2-for-3 with a homer and added another among three hits with three RBIs in game two, when Kaylee Hughes and Hannah Turner each had three hits and five RBIs and Katie Davis had three and three.

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

 

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