Area briefs: Bisons take weekend series

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 12:43am

Lipscomb’s baseball squad took the series from conference leader Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday with a 6-1 win.

Bisons starter Brandon McClurg got the win in the complete game effort to improve his record to 5-1. He gave up just one run in the outing, while allowing five hits and striking out six.

The Bisons lost the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader 10-9. Lipscomb won 7-6 on Friday.

The series win improved the Bisons’ record to 14-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, good for second place. Florida Gulf Coast leads the league with a 16-5 record. However, FGC is not eligible for postseason play because of NCAA reclassifying rules, meaning Lipscomb has the best record among A-Sun teams allowed to go to the postseason.

TSU offense shines in scrimmage

The Tennessee State offense outpointed the TSU defense 36-22 in last Saturday’s Blue and White Scrimmage with two big scoring plays.

Zach Motley completed a 47-yard touchdown pas to Jonathan Moore late in the first half and Donte Thomas added a 20-yard scoring run.

Thomas finished with 58 yards rushing and Motley added 39 yards on the ground to go with 91 yards passing. Calvin McNairl completed eight of 13 passes for 96 yards. Moore was the leading receiver with 67 yards and Ronald Evans had two catches for 42 yards.

Jamal Coleman had three tackles, intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards and has one pass breakup.

Renalo St. Fleur, Nashon Bigham and Larry Williford all had tackles for loss and Rico Council had a sack for the defense.

Foster named MVP at VU hoop banquet

Shan Foster added another honor to his lengthy list as the SEC player of the year was named team most valuable player at the Vanderbilt men’s basketball banquet Sunday afternoon at University Club. Alex Gordon won two honors, the leadership award and the defensive player of the year.

Other honorees were: A.J. Ogilvy (rebounder award), Jermaine Beal (assists award), Festus Ezeli (most improved), Ross Neltner (scholar-athlete), and Davis Nwankwo (coaches award). Debbie Green received the Ken Hudgens award. WWTN’s George Plaster was MC.

VU Bowlers fall in NCAA semis

Defending NCAA Bowling champion Vanderbilt lost its bid for a repeat title when the Commodores lost 4 games to 3 in the semifinals of the national tourney in Omaha, Neb., Saturday to Maryland Eastern Shore. The win avenged a 4-3 loss to Vanderbilt in the finals last year.

Vanderbilt had a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, but a 200-198 fourth-game loss, when the Commodores had an advantage in pins with just two frames to go, turned the momentum around.

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