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PITCHING: Tennessee looks to keep momentum, sweep series this afternoon


FROM 1C Arnold and Moss struggled to Moss walks. her out any. McClain singled, and she just had to keep getting
find consistency. Meanwhile, the offense found Leach was hit by a pitch and on it until she finally rode and
Gregg said to her teammates, Sprang did her job, tossing some rhythm in the bottom of then McClain scored from sec- today she did.
‘Mistakes are going to hurt you three innings where she allowed the third inning. McClain, Leach ond as Jenna Holcomb reached “We are going to need Gabby
when you are in a 2-1 ballgame so the lone hit in the third inning and Jenna Holcomb reached on a fielder’s choice and Leach in order to be successful down
everybody has to do their jobs.’ that brought Moss in, while base on singles, then Gregg was was safe at second on a Brax- the stretch and really, really
We were very happy with our striking out four. hit by a pitch that brought a bas- ton Burnside error that was a happy with the way she per-
kids through five, then I think “I wasn’t even paying atten- es-loaded walk across the plate. bit too wide. formed today and Matty was
we let some at-bats get away tion to the batter,” said Sprang Chelsea Seggern added to the A Seggern single up the mid- a completely different pitcher
from us. The bulk of postgame about her first appearance since first run with an RBI-ground- dle plated Leach to make it 6-0 than she was (Friday).”
talk was we need to finish. If we March 2. “I had struggled a little out, and Abby Lockman pushed before Batts scored to round out Tennessee (23-1, 2-0 SEC)
have an opportunity to close the bit with just freshman nerves, through an RBI of her own, scor- the scoring in the fifth. will aim to sweep the series at
door, we need to do it and nail but I feel great to get that under ing Holcomb for a 3-0 lead. “(Friday), we’d have a few then 1:30 p.m. today.
the coffin shut.” my belt. I was just throwing my The offense rolled into the go into dry spells, but today I
Miscues on the bases didn’t pitches and I got a good result fourth inning as McSwain’s lone thought we did a better job of FOLLOW @LOMOSPORTS on Twitter
take away from the job Gabby out of it. I just wanted to start hit came via her fifth home run having quality at-bats through- for more from sports writer Lauren
Sprang and Matty Moss (W, 10-1) out strong for my first SEC of the season. The senior’s blast out the game,” Karen Weekly Moore. Write to her at laurenm@the
did in the circle, limiting Mis- game.” caused starting pitcher Madi said. dailytimes.com
souri (19-9, 0-2) to just one hit Moss relieved Sprang after Norman, who allowed six hits “But today, the name of the
and a combined 11 strikeouts. she hit a batter and allowed a and four runs, to exit her first game today was pitching, totally TENNESSEE LADY VOLS 7, MISSOURI TIGERS 0
Karen Weekly said she and her single in the third inning, but loss of the season as Eli Daniel different than yesterday. I don’t M 000 000 0—011
UT 003 310 X — 7 11 0
coaching staff made the deci- from there the Tigers didn’t get entered. think they were expecting Gab- WP: Matty Moss (10-1); LP: Madi Norman (5-1)
sion to go with the lefty fresh- another hit. They barely saw a Daniel pitched just 0.2 innings, by Sprang and we needed to get LOB: M — 6; UT — 8. HR: UT — Scarlet McSwain. T:
man Friday night after Caylan base, reaching just twice on two and her defense didn’t help her back on the horse, per say, 2:04. Att: 1,626.

Bonifacio D-backs
suspended grappling
80 games with issues
The Associated Press BY BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
On the day the Kansas City Roy-
als welcomed back Mike Mousta- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — With
kas, they found out Jorge Boni- two weeks left of spring train-
facio will miss half the season. ing, the Arizona Diamondbacks
Bonifacio was suspended 80 still are grappling with a pair of
games by Major League Baseball significant unresolved issues.
on Saturday after testing posi- One, who is the closer? Two,
tive for a performance-enhancing how to sort out the crowd at
substance. middle infield? There is still
The outfielder was banned after plenty of time to work things
a positive test for Boldenone. The out, manager Torey Lovullo said.
ban will begin on opening day. “I feel like it’s still a little bit too
“It really kind of made me sick early,” he said, “but everybody is
to my stomach,” Royals manager paying a lot of attention to some
Ned Yost said. The 24-year-old very key spots and you hit on a
Bonifacio made his major league couple of them.”
debut last season, hitting .255 with The closer competition a three-
17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 113 way competition with Archie
games. Bonifacio’s suspension Bradley, Brad Boxberger and
cleared a roster spot for Mousta- Yoshihisa Hirano.
kas, who re-signed with the Roy- Bradley, the bearded fan favor-
als this week after becoming a ite, was one of the game’s best
free agent last fall. setup men last season with a
Moustakas set a Royals record 1.73 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 73
with 38 home runs last season, innings pitched. Boxberger had
then rejected a $17.4 million offer an AL-leading 41 saves in 2015
from the team. But the third base- but battled injuries the past two
man never received the multi- DARYL SULLIVAN | THE DAILY TIMES seasons. Hirano arrived from
year, mega-million dollar con- MARYVILLE’S TREVOR TOWNSEND PITCHES against Huntingdon Saturday during game three of a series at Maryville Japan a 33-year-old seasoned
tract he and his agent Scott Boras College. closer. Bradley insists he doesn’t

Pitching staff stifles Huntingdon


anticipated. The Royals signed want the job.
Moustakas to a one-year $6.5 “Really not at all, and not in a
million contract with a mutu- bad way. I’m not scared of it,”
al option for 2019. He can make he said. “I just want to win. I
another $2.2 million in incentives found so much fun and success
this year based on plate appear- BY AUSTIN BORNHEIM USA SOUTH BASEBALL pair of steals. Johnny Carpenter in my role last year that it kind
ances. “It feels like I never left,” austinb@thedailytimes.com was hit by a pitch, and when the of taught me whatever the situ-
he said. “It feels great to be back GM1: HUNTINGDON, 7-2 senior outfielder broke for sec- ation is, let’s just role with it. I
home. I’m excited to be back with Cody Church tries to keep the GM2: MC, 11-3 ond the throw from Hunting- don’t need the title ‘save’ to feel
the organization I grew up with. picture small for his Maryville GM3: MC, 4-1 don’s catcher sailed into center accomplished. I just want to win
I got to see some familiar faces.” College baseball team. field, allowing Hollingsworth to ballgames.”
“It’s always great to come into The Scots coach doesn’t go into reached on an error. The next hit- stroll home. But, of course, Bradley will
a clubhouse and everybody give a weekend asking the team to ter moved Lowe to second and The Scots added a run in the willingly accept the job. “The
you a hug. To have an opportu- win the series. Instead, he asks that signaled an end to Ward’s fifth thanks to a Huntingdon role is kind of up in the air,” he
nity to come back to Kansas City them to win the day. In the end, outing. throwing error, and catcher Evan said. “There’s a lot that has to
and play baseball again, it was if they do that the series will take Lowe eventually scored on a Ezell gave MC a pair of much- play out on both sides. Guys have
a no-doubter, a no-brainer for care of itself. RBI-single, but that is all the needed insurance runs in the to stay healthy, guys have to con-
me,” he said. Church believes his team did offense Huntingdon could mus- sixth. tinue to throw the ball well and
ASTROS 2, NATIONALS 2, 9 INN.: a good job of that this weekend, ter against the Scots’ rotation. With a pair of runners in scor- hopefully that last week we”ll
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel shaking off a loss in the series- Ward, who led the way tossing ing position and two outs, Ezell be able to kind of slide stuff in
allowed one hit in 3 innings, strik- opening game to Huntingdon to 5.1 innings of one-hit ball, and hung tough in a two-strike count place and really set up how we’re
ing out five. Jose Altuve went turn around and take the next two three other MC pitchers com- to drive one into the outfield to going to pitch for the season.”
0 for 3 but stole his first base. games and the series. The Scots bined to limit Huntingdon to score Bryce Redaja and Poulsen. Bradley threw two shutout
Washington managed only two capped it off with a 4-1 win over three hits and one unearned run. “The previous at-bat he struck innings and got the win Fri-
hits — singles by Bryce Harper Hawks on Saturday. The Hawks entered the game hit- me out with a fastball on a 1-2 day against the Royals. The
and Ryan Raburn — until the “We can’t really get caught up in ting over .350 as a team. count, high and away,” Ezell said. team has indicated a desire to
ninth. Nationals second baseman the series part of it,” Church said. “Today was phenomenal,” “I knew they were probably going have him throw more than one
Daniel Murphy moved along in “It’s more about winning baseball Church said. “Yesterday, (Chris- to go back to that same pitch. inning. Lovullo likes the open
his recovery from offseason knee games. We didn’t play very well tian) Poulsen was great, but today They did and I was able to get my competition. “I think it’s that
surgery, taking batting practice the first day … but we came back Ricky looked as good as he’s barrel through that time.” type of competitive atmosphere
on the field for the first time this the next two games and played looked in his career here. Trev- The series wins lifts the Scots that we’re watching these guys
spring. well, pitched well and got wins.” or Townsend was phenomenal, into fifth place in the conference operate in every single day and
YANKEES 10, METS 3: Giancarlo Pitcher Ricky Ward set the (Zach) McGee was really good standings. they’ve been successful,” Lovullo
Stanton hit his first home run of tone for the Scots (17-3, 3-3 USA against some matchup guys there. said. “They’re all throwing the
the spring — a two-run drive off South). The senior went through Those guys really, really carried FOLLOW @ABORNHEIM on Twitter ball well. We’re doing our jobs
Mets starter Matt Harvey — and the first three hitters in order, us today. for more from sports editor Austin offensively and defensively. That
Aaron Judge doubled, singled and and he rolled for the next four “When we pitch like that, it Bornheim. Write to him at austinb@ creates some tough conversa-
scored twice. Harvey gave up innings before hitting any sem- helps a lot of things.” thedailytimes.com. tions for the staff to have.”
five runs on six hits and a walk, blance of trouble. With the pitching staff cruising, MARYVILLE COLLEGE SCOTS 4, A vacancy opened at second
pitching 4 innings. Yankees closer Ward gave up his first hit in it didn’t take much offense to get HUNTINGDON COLLEGE HAWKS 1 base, and backup at third, when
Aroldis Chapman struck out two the fourth, but stranded the run- the win. Hayden Hollingsworth H 000 001 000 —133 Arizona sent Brandon Drury to
in a scoreless inning and setup ner on first. He eventually hit a walked to leadoff the bottom of MC 100 012 00x —481 the New York Yankees in a three-
WP: Ricky Ward; LP: Brooks Freeman; S: Trevor
man Dellin Betances allowed one snag in the sixth when Hunting- the first and within a handful of Townsend
tame trade that brought outfield-
run on two hits in an inning. don’s leadoff hitter, Corey Lowe, pitches he was on third with a 2B: MC — Bryce Redaja er Steven Souza Jr. from Tampa.

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