BASEBALL: Tennessee Tech’s Jones, Rhodes’ Sledge garner TSWA accolades
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech’s Matt Jones and Rhodes College’s Trey Sledge were named the Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Wednesday for their performances for March 20-26.
Jones batted .667 (14-for-21) with four doubles, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored in five games for the Eagles, who scored 75 runs in five victories during the week. The Madison, Miss., native was 3-for-4 with three runs scored at UNC-Asheville and followed that with a 4-for-4 effort with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored versus Alabama A&M.
The senior infielder posted two hits with a run in the series opener at Austin Peay and was 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored in the second game versus the Govs. He finished the series with another double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Jones is batting .352 overall with nine doubles, five home runs, 26 RBIs and 22 runs scored after Tuesday’s game at Tennessee.
Sledge earned a pair of victories in two starts for the Lynx, allowing one run on six hits in 11.0 innings of work.
The Coppell, Texas, native tossed five shutout innings against Huntingdon College, giving up just two hits with two strikeouts in a 4-1 victory. He then started the rubber game of the series versus Berry College, allowing one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out four, as the Lynx scored eight runs in the final two innings in an 11-1 victory.
Sledge is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 22.1 innings this season, allowing 20 hits with 20 strikeouts.
2017 TSWA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 14 – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman (Player); Travis Dohr, Cumberland University (Pitcher)
February 21 – Nolen Milton, Union University (Player); Evan Heffner, Maryville College (Pitcher)
February 28 – Collin Harris, Tennessee Tech (Player); Brady Puckett, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
March 8 – Wade Weinburger, Bryan College (Player); Michael Wood, Tennessee Tech (Pitcher)
March 15 – Ryan Flick, Tennessee Tech (Player); Alex Robles, Austin Peay (Pitcher)
March 21 – Austin Krajnak, Cumberland University (Player); JR Miller, Union University (Pitcher)
SOFTBALL: Carson-Newman’s Scott, Trevecca’s Carr named TSWA award winners
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Taylor Scott and Trevecca University’s Savannah Carr were named the Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Wednesday for their performances for March 20-26.
Scott reached base in 12 consecutive plate appearances over four games for the Eagles, batting .800 (8-for-10) with nine RBIs, 10 runs scored and four walks. The Huntington, W.Va., native belted a three-run homer and drove in four runs in the first game of a doubleheader against Mars Hill and walked three times and scored three runs in the second contest.
The freshman infielder added two hits and one RBI in the first game of a twinbill versus Catawba and was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored in the second contest. Scott is batting .360 with nine doubles, five home runs, 31 RBIs and 29 runs scored while starting all 34 games this season.
Carr posted a 2-1 record with a 0.96 ERA in 18.2 innings over three appearances, allowing just two runs with five strikeouts.
The Springfield, Tenn., native gave up a solo homer in 3.2 innings of relief against 14th-ranked Southern Indiana in a 4-3 loss. She allowed five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The sophomore righthander tossed a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over Davis & Elkins, walking one with no strikeouts. She followed that with eight innings of work versus Davis & Elkins, scattering nine hits and striking out three in a 4-1 win. Carr improved to 4-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 13 appearances over 50.2 innings, giving up just 14 earned runs with 16 strikeouts.
2017 TSWA SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 14 – Lexi Cushing, Middle Tennessee (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)
February 21 – Chelsey Deloney, Belmont (Player); McCarley Thomas, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
February 28 – Ashley Scott, Union University (Player); Mandy Jordan, Lipscomb (Pitcher)
March 8 – Morgan Brewer, Maryville College (Player); Hayley Smothers, King University (Pitcher)
March 15 – Kay Brokering, King University (Player); Nicole Blackburn, Maryville College (Pitcher)
March 21 – Jess Andree, Belmont (Player); Mandy Jordan, Lipscomb (Pitcher)