Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs
Smith’s HR winner
as Skyhawks sweep

Lauren Smith’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning pushed UT Martin past Southeast Missouri to complete a sweep of their softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Bettye Giles Field in Martin.
The Skyhawks trailed 1-0 after SEMO scored in the top of third inning.
UTM finished with five hits, including Kayla Wade’s single to lead off the sixth. She then stole second in front of Smith’s home run.
Casey Vincent (4-2) picked up the win, going the distance and allowing seven hits while striking out five.
Shea Cothren pitched a complete game five-hitter in a losing cause.
Becca Williams led off the ninth inning with a double and then scored the game-winning run on Leah Taylor’s base hit to give UTM a 5-4 win in the opener.
Taylor was 3-for-5 with a home run, and Williams was 3-for-4.
Chelsea Jones (12-3) worked out of trouble in the final three innings for the complete-game win.
UTM is slated to open a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Murray State on Saturday.

UTM rifle has eight
All-Academic picks

The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association announced at the recent NCAA Rifle Champion-ships that eight UT Martin rifle student-athletes have been named to the CRCA All-Academic team.
The eight recipients of the national recognition include Jamie Arnett, Joe Barefoot, Jessica Cobb, Jennifer Garbina, Jennifer Greeves, Kelly James, Jordan Jensen and Dana Maurizio.
The academic awards complete another successful rifle campaign in 2012. The Skyhawks finished in the top-20 nationally for the 29th time in the last 30 years and also received the Ohio Valley Conference team sportsmanship award, as voted by the other student-athletes in the league.

Minnesota moves on
at MTSU’s expense

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins each scored 24 points to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a 78-72 win over Middle Tennessee.
Elliott Eliason added 12 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, while Hollins also had six rebounds and four assists.
Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee (27-7) with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Minnesota (22-14) will face Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Published in The Messenger 3.22.12

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