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Johnson clouts first homer of season

Tribune Staff Reports

Angela Johnson wouldn’t mind if her Belmont Bruins played Nashville rival Tennessee State all of the time.

The Belmont College senior softball player collected five hits in eight at-bats, including her first homer of the season, in a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Tigers, 11-1 and 9-1, on Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

The productive day at the plate raised Johnson’s season average to .356, second among Bruins.

Johnson and Reanna Dickerson smashed two hits as Belmont stopped Troy State University, one of the top 40 teams in the country, in the first game of doubleheader last Saturday in Nashville.

Sherry Tegarden (8-7) carried the Bruins to the 4-1 victory both with the bat and on the mound. The senior drilled a two-run double to centerfield with two outs in the second inning. That proved to be all the offense she would need as she held Troy State at bay, picking up the complete-game victory while giving up only one run on six hits and striking out seven Lady Trojans.

Troy State won game two 3-0 on the strength of four extra-base hits and four Belmont errors.

Collecting the only hits for the Bruins were Tegarden, Kim Turner, and freshmen Jennifer Smithson and Stacy Hill.

The Lady Trojans had won seven of their last nine games coming into Saturday’s twinbill and has been in the top 40 nationally all season long. Not only did the split end a six-game losing streak for the Bruins, it also halted a four-game skid against Troy State.

With the two wins over Tennessee State, Belmont – a second year NCAA Division I member – stretched their record to 22-23, a 17-game improvement over last season.

Despite drilling three hits in nine at-bats in a three-game series at Florida Atlantic last weekend, Centenary’s leading hitter Aaron Wicklund’s batting average dipped from .385 to .381.

However, Wicklund returned his average to .385 in a 12-9 defeat to Northeast Lousiana on Tuesday in Monroe. No other details from that game were available at press time.

Wicklund, a Whittell High graduate, delivered three singles, but the Gents lost all three games to their Trans America Athletic Conference rival Florida Atlantic on Friday and Saturday.

The Gents, 12-26, return to TAAC play on Friday with a doubleheader against Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C.

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