Nick Shoup allowed one run on two hits in seven innings as Trevecca Nazarene (35-22) advanced to the championship round of the TranSouth baseball tournament with a 6-1 victory over Freed-Hardeman (35-16) in Jackson, Tenn., on Wednesday.
The Trojans reached the championship round for the third straight season, but they have not won the tournament since 2005.
Shoup, a senior, only allowed singles in the third and seventh innings before he was replaced at the start of the eighth. He also walked three but struck out nine. He threw 124 total pitches — 77 of them strikes.
Drew Durossette allowed one hit – a single – and one walk over the final two innings.
Leadoff hitter Chris Lowe was 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBIs, and clean-up hitter Cody Heggie was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Aaron Bree and Trey Morrison also had three hits each.
Trevecca, the No. 2 seed, will play No. 5 Union and must win twice to claim the title. Union, which defeated Trevecca in the opening round, needs to win only once.
The championship round begins at noon Thursday. The second game, if necessary, will be at 3:30 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, Lowe and Ross Muirhead were named to the 2009 Rawlings TranSouth Gold Glove Team.
Lowe, an outfielder, made one error in 124 chances for the season, and Muirhead, an infielder, committed four errors in 56 games.
Lipscomb pitcher named A-Sun Freshman of the Year
Lipscomb pitcher Whitney Kiihnl was named the Atlantic Sun Conference softball Freshman of the Year.
Kiihnl, from Batesville, Miss., also was a unanimous choice for the All-Freshman team and one of seven Lady Bisons who earned all-conference recognition. She pitched in 29 of the team’s 49 games (23 starts) and had a 16-8 record with a 1.37 ERA. She struck out 197 in 174 innings pitched.
Junior infielder Kellie Sirus was Lipscomb’s lone member of the all-conference first team. Sirus led Lipscomb in batting average (.414), home runs (11) and RBIs (44).
Kiihnl, catcher Mollie Mitchell, infielder Abby Keese, outfielder Lauren Dortwegt and designated player Christen Campbell were second-team selections.
Kiihnl and Mitchell were the only unanimous choices for the all-freshman team, which included two other Lipscomb players, outfielder Caroline Mason and infielder/outfielder Courtney Billington.
Lipscomb finished the regular season 37-12 — the first time during the Division I era it won at least 30 games — and earned the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, which starts Thursday at Macon, Ga. The Lady Bisons will face No. 5 ETSU in a first-round game at 11 a.m.
Three at TSU earn All-OVC softball honors
Tennessee State’s Caitlin Eaton was named to the 2009 All-OVC softball first team.
A senior pitcher, Eaton led the Lady Tigers in virtually every offensive category and was conference’s top home run hitter with 13.
Bridget Metzger, a junior infielder, and Brittany Webb, a sophomore infielder, were named to the second team.
• Belmont sprinter Lynette Rives was named Atlantic Sun Conference outdoor track and field Athlete of the Week. The senior earned the award for the fifth time in her career after she finished among the top three in three events at last weekend’s Mississippi Open.
• Tennessee State women’s basketball players Jasmine Smith and Meredith Stafford have been chosen to play with Sports Reach, a Christian sports ministry based in Kentucky that will send a team to an international tournament at Istanbul, Turkey beginning Saturday.
• Cortney Keagle, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker out of Danville (Ill.) Community College signed a volleyball national letter-of-intent with Trevecca.
• Belmont’s Tyler Howell, a shot put and hammer throw specialist, was one of 207 national recipients of the All-American Strength and Conditioning Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
• Lipscomb announced its 2009 volleyball schedule, which includes tournaments at the University of Tennessee and Kansas University. “The Kansas tournament is the toughest overall, but it will be fun,” coach Brandon Rosenthal said.