Belmont junior golfer Lorie Warren was named Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year Tuesday and was also a unanimous choice for the All-Atlantic Sun first team. In addition to Warren’s honors, Bruins freshman Lauren Spurlock was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team.
Warren, from Hendersonville, is the first Belmont golfer, male or female, to be named A-Sun Player of the Year and the first BU golfer to earn All-Conference honors three times.
The junior led the team and conference in scoring with a 74.7 average in 25 competitive rounds. During the 2007-08 season, she won one individual title (Jacksonville Spring Invitational) and posted a total of seven top-five finishes, including a tie for second place at last month’s A-Sun Championship, the highest finish ever by a Belmont golfer.
In addition, she has made her mark in the Belmont record books. She currently holds school records for the lowest scores for 18, 36, and 54 holes, the lowest season scoring average, and the lowest career scoring average.
Spurlock was named to the All-Freshman team, finishing with an 80.3 scoring average, had three top-20 finishes, and placed in a tie for 15th place at last month’s A-Sun Championship.
“I am pleased that Lorie and Lauren’s hard work over the past season has been rewarded with these honors,” said Lissa Bradford, Belmont head coach. “Their efforts were key to our success this season.”
The Bruins won one team championship (Jacksonville Spring Invitational) and had eight top-five finishes, which tied for the most in school history. They also posted a third place finish at last month’s A-Sun Championship.
Meanwhile, Lipscomb's Cody Hale returned to the A-Sun men's first team for the first time since 2005 on the heels of winning the Mission Inn Collegiate Classic in the fall, recording five top-five finishes and never posting a finish worse than a tie for 20th.
Lipscomb picks up baseball win
Lipscomb got back on the winning track on Tuesday, using solid pitching and timely hitting to take a 4-2 win against Samford.
Justin Sanders got the Bisons on the board in the second, drilling a solo home run to right center.
The Bulldogs tied the score against Bisons' starter, Paul Piennette, in the fourth inning before taking the lead with another run in the fifth.
However, the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI sacrifice fly by Allen Bolden.
Right-hander Matt Bowling relieved Piennette in the sixth. In five innings, Piennette gave up two runs on seven hits.
The Bisons retook the lead in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Jay Moreland. They added to their lead in the following inning, when Sanders drove in his second run of the game on a single to right to bring the score to 4-2.
Right-hander Chris Burnett earned the win in relief to improve to 2-1. Perhaps his most impressive moment came when he entered the game in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Burnett escaped the jam by recording a strikeout, then forcing a groundout to end the inning.
"It was a big situation," Burnett said. "The coaches had me practice that in scrimmage games before the season started so I would be ready for that situation and it worked out this time."
Trevecca news and notes
The No. 5-ranked softball team (47-5) will open play in the 2008 NAIA Region XI Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Trevecca will face the winner of the 3 p.m. game between Campbellsville University and Freed-Hardeman University.
• The No. 16 TNU baseball squad (36-15) fell 21-0 in the first round of the double-elimination NAIA Region XI Tournament at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. on Tuesday. The Trojans will face the loser of the No. 1 seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 6 seeded Martin Methodist game on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
• TNU signed its first basketball recruit for the 2008-2009 season. Michael France, a 6-foot-1 guard from Shelbyville Central High School, picked the Trojans. The four-year letter winner helped lead the team to a 105-30 record during his high school career.