TNU survives elimination game

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 10:42pm

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Trevecca’s baseball team defeated No. 3 seed Union 10-2 in Wednesday’s elimination game at TranSouth tournament.

Trevecca (35-13) blew the game open in the third with seven runs. Union scored their two runs in the sixth inning and Trevecca closed the scoring with two in the eighth. TNU had 14 hits and an error.

Wesley Griggs (10-2) pitched a complete game allowing seven hits, two runs, six walks and had six strikeouts. Marty Parks, Chris Lowe, Wade Angel, Brett Thaler and Ross Muirhead all had two-hit games. Parks scored two runs and drove a run in. Cody Heggie had a triple, Thaler had a double, and Aaron Bree had a stolen base. Brian Dirheimer had two RBIs.

Trevecca is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and has secured a bid to the NAIA Region XI Tournament at Cumberland on May 6-9.

Meanwhile, TNU’s Kacey Coonce was named the NAIA Region XI Player of the Week for the week ending April 27. This is the second week in a row for Coonce to receive the honor. She has been named the TranSouth Player of the Week three times this season.

Coonce, a 6-foot-0 junior from Goreville, Ill., helped Trevecca to a 7-1 week. She batted .500 on the week with four doubles, nine RBI and was 2-for-2 in stolen bases.

Trevecca (44-5) opened the TranSouth tournament with a 2-1 win over Bethel College on Wednesday night. Trevecca will face No. 4 seed Union University (31-18) on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Spring sports update

Here’s a breakdown of how other area schools are doing in spring sports:

• Lipscomb is on track to capture the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun baseball tournament with a league record of 17-10. The Bisons technically trail Florida Gulf Coast, but FGC is ineligible for postseason play while it transitions to Division I.

• Belmont is 13-14 in the A-Sun in baseball and is in third place among teams eligible for postseason play.

• Lipscomb’s softball squad has clinched the No. 1 seed for the Atlantic Sun softball tournament with a record of 16-6 in the league. The A-Sun tournament is May 21-24.

• Belmont’s softball squad, meanwhile is in last place in the A-Sun at 3-19.

• TSU is 8-16 (16-35 overall) in softball and is in 9th place in the 10-team OVC.

• The OVC track and field championships are this weekend at SEMO’s Stuber Track Complex. Tennessee State’s Dominique Ward-Holmes will look to become the first ever two time winner of the OVC Athlete of the Championship award.

One more Tiger in NFL

Two former Tennessee State football players signed with NFL teams on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Lamar Divens — who transferred to TSU from Vanderbilt — signed with San Diego.

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