LaGRANGE, Ga. —Methodist bounced back from a 2-1 loss to N.C. Wesleyan to defeat Ferrum 10-5 in the nightcap during Round 2 action at the USA South Athletic Conference baseball tournament.

N.C. Wesleyan scored single runs in the first two innings and made them hold up to knock off top-seeded Methodist.

With the defeat, the Monarchs (27-8) dropped into the losers bracket to meet No. 3 seed Ferrum in elimination game. Ferrum notched a 6-1 win over Maryville earlier in a losers bracket game.

The Bishops (21-21) got on the board in the bottom of the first after Brad Pennington walked to opening the inning. Pennington sped to third on Max Johnson's single to right-center field, and he scored on Nate Gardner's fielder's choice.

Pennington reached in the bottom of the second when he was hit by a pitch with two outs. Pennington moved to second on Max Johnson's single, then scored on Brandon Wheat's single to left.

Methodist scored in the sixth. Will May's singled to center to open the inning, then took second when Tucker Criswell was hit by a pitch. Both runners move up on a sacrifice bunt by Davis Cass, then May was thrown out at the plate on Jacob Austin's hit up the first-base line. Criswell scored from second on Parker Clayton's two-out single to center.

Methodist left 11 runners on base in the loss.

Matthias Carter, Ethan Carmack and Alex Kachler had two RBIs apiece in the win over Ferrum.

MEN'S GOLF

LaGRANGE, Ga. — Methodist, the third-ranked team in NCAA Div. III men's golf, raced out to a five-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the USA South Athletic Conference tournament. The Monarchs placed three players in the top five in the opening round of the three-day event at Highland Country Club.

N.C. Wesleyan's Grady Anderson was the best of four players to post a sub-par score Thursday, finishing at 68 for a two-shot lead over Methodist's Jared Chinn, a Terry Sanford High School alum. Methodist's Aaron Purviance and Greensboro's Scott Campbell shot 72, and the Monarchs' Chris Drysdale was in a four-way tie for fifth at even-par 72.

The Methodist five completed the round with a 1-over score of 289. N.C Wesleyan, at 294, is one shot ahead of Huntingdon, while Maryville and the host school, LaGrange were at 14-over 302, 13 strokes behind Methodist, the two-time defending event champion.

Earlier Thursday, Drysdale and Methodist coach Steve Conley were named the men's golf player and coach of the year in the conference in voting among the league's coaches.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Four Methodist women's tennis players have been named to the first-team East Division all-conference team by the USA South.

They are: Davi Barbour of Mount Airy, Laura Brown of Magnolia, Delaware, Jenna Landis of Elkhart, Indiana, and Ashton Walker of Goldsboro. Landis was also the team's representative on the all-sportsmanship team.

In men's tennis, Methodist's RJ Clement of Sugar Hill, Georgia, was a first-team All-East pick, and Coleman Baker  of Asheville and Trent Harner of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, were honorable mention choices. Max Linder  of Lahaina, Hawaii, was the all-sportsmanship selection.

FOOTBALL

Campbell will host its annual Spring Game on Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium.

The game will feature 12-minute, running clock quarters and closes out the spring practice period, which began March 1.

Campbell finished 2017 at 6-5 overall and 5-3 in its final season of Pioneer Football League play, matching the program's best overall and conference records in its 10 year history. 2018 will mark Campbell's first as a member of the Big South Conference in football.

The Camels open 2018 at Barker-Lane Stadium on Aug. 30, hosting Chowan.

NEW CONFERENCE

Three North Carolina colleges are among the members of a new conference under the auspices of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, Warren Wilson in Swannanooa, and Mid-Atlantic Christian in Elizabeth City will be part of the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference. Also part of the conference will be The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia.

The USCAA, which is headquartered in Newport News, is comprised of 81 mostly small, community and junior colleges.

 

N.C. WESLEYAN 2, METHODIST 1

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Beard, Haines (8) and Kachler. Tubb, Mills (9) and Wheat. W — Tubb (5-2). L — Beard (1-1). Sv — Mills (4).

Leading hitters: M — Carmack 1-3, May 1-4, Criswell 1-3, Cass 1-3, Austin 1-3, Clayton 1-4 (RBI), Walker 1-1. NCW — Johnson 2-4, Wheat 1-3 (RBI), Gardner 2-4 (RBI), Kornegay 1-3.

Records: Methodist 26-8, N.C. Wesleyan 21-21.