Sports Re-Cap: Wrapping Up Memorial Day Weekend

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Tennessee Titans:

       The rumor for Julio Jones heated up. The Titans have been in the news for their interest in star wide reciever Julio Jones. Jones most likely will be moved after June 1st for contract purposes and the Titans have been a top team interested in getting him. However, earlier yesterday afternoon it was noted that the Seattle Seahawks also have high interest in Julio. The Titans are still a top team to trade for him, but they have said they do not want to overpay for him. Things should get even more interesting as June 1st rapidly approaches.

Nashville Sounds: Win 13-9, Win 8-3, Win 9-3

        The Nashville Sounds have now swept 2 complete 6-game series making it a 12-game winning streak.  They finished off the Columbus Clippers 13-9 on Friday, 8-3 on Saturday, and 9-3 on Sunday. In Friday’s game, the Sounds nearly lost their streak. They put up runs in the first 3 innings but gave up a 9-run bottom of the third to make it 9-7 Clippers on top. The Sounds didn’t crumple though as they came back and scored a few runs two innings later and retook the lead. They held on for the win.

Saturday’s game the Sounds again got started early in the run column. They were up 2-0 going into the bottom of the second inning. The Clippers tied things up, but thanks to the bat of Zack Green the Sounds retook the lead. Green ended the game with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. They finished off the series on Sunday when they took down the Clippers 9-3. The Sounds hot streak at the plate continued as they hit 2 home runs. Francis did let up 2 runs as the starting pitcher, but he finished with 5 innings pitched, 8 strikeouts, and most importantly the win.

Indy 500:

       The Indy 500 took place on Sunday morning on NBC. 46 year-old Helio Castroneves came away as the victor by a half-second. He joined A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Jr. as the only 4-time winners. All were in attendance.

Cumberland University:

       The women’s golf team finished 20th in the NAIA National Championship.

College Baseball:

       MTSU– Loss 14-8 to FAU

               The MTSU Blue Raiders lost to FAU on Friday afternoon in a high-scoring contest. MTSU mustered up 15 hits and 8 runs, but FAU managed to out-hit and outscore that. FAU plated 14 runs on 20 hits. FAU hit 4 home runs compared to the Blue Raiders’ 1 home run.

       Vanderbilt CommodoresLoss 4-1 to Ole Miss

The Commodores fell to the Rebels of Ole Miss on Friday, May 28th. That loss knocked Vanderbilt out of the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss jumped up early leading 2-0 through 6 innings. The Commodores managed to get 6 hits in the game, but only scored one baserunner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough to come out with the win.

       Tennessee VolunteersWin 11-0, Win 4-0, Loss 7-2

The Volunteers had hit parade all weekend up until the game it would have mattered the most. On Friday, in a rematch against Alabama, the Vols run-ruled the Crimson Tide 11-0 in 7 innings (their second run-rule of the tournament). The following day, the Vols beat Florida 4-0 to advance to the championship game against Arkansas. The SEC Championship game went to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tennessee could not capitalize on their opportunities and lost to Arkansas in their first SEC Championship appearance since 1995. 

Nashville SC: Draw 2-2

        The Nashville Soccer Club took on Atlanta United FC on Saturday, May 29th. It seemed that this game would be the first loss for Nashville as they were down 1-0 when Morano scored a goal early on, then in the 51st minute Atlanta United added to their lead with another goal from Lopez this time to go up 2-0. Nashville SC would not quit though. It looked like Nashville would run out of time but, in the 80th minute, Hany Muktar scored a goal. They only needed 1 more to tie it up, and they would get that 1 goal in the 83rd minute from none other than Hany Muktar. SC had tied the game up and the final whistle blew. The game ended in a draw 2-2.

Memphis Grizzlies: Lost 121-111

        The Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz met for the third time this series, but the first time in Memphis. The Grizzlies were playing on their home court. After stealing a game in game 1, the Jazz came out ready to play in game 2 and tied things up. In the third game, the Jazz continued to show why they are the number 1 seed in the Western Conference. They jumped out to a quick 34-22 lead in the first quarter. The Grizzlies tried to claw back as best they could but still could not pull within striking distance. They won the second quarter 29-28, but still trailed 62-51.

The second half was a back-and-forth matchup. Both teams put up 34 points keeping the lead still at 11 for Utah. Then in the fourth, the Grizzlies won the quarter by a point, but still lost 121-111. Memphis as a team shot 13-41 from 3-point land while the Jazz shot 19-43. Kyle Anderson and Jonas Valanciunas both had double-doubles and Ja Morant led the Grizz in scoring with 28. The Jazz shot 27 free throws to Memphis’ 14. The series now favors Utah 2-1.

Atlanta Braves: Postponed, Loss 13-2, Postponed

        The Atlanta Braves series against the New York Mets was a rain-filled disappointment. The Friday night matchup was postponed due to rain and will be made up at a later date. Saturday’s game was played as planned, except it was all Mets from the start. The Mets scored in the first inning and never looked back. They put up 13 runs on 13 hits including 5 home runs. Ian Anderson was the pitcher that was given the loss. The final third game of the series was also postponed due to weather and will be made up at a later date. 

Cincinnati Reds: Loss 1-0, Loss 10-2, Win 5-1

       The Reds won 1 game out of the 3-game series against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds started off losing game 1. David Bote homered in the 5th inning for the only run of the game. The Reds took on the Cubs the following day with the same result. They fell to the Cubs 10-2. The Cubs managed to plate 10 runs on 13 hits and only 1 home run, while Cincinnati scored 2 on 5 hits and no home runs. The Reds did end on a good note though as they won their final game of the series 5-1. The Reds scored 3 runs in the top half of the first and got out on top early. They never looked back and took game 3 5-1. Mahle pitched 5 innings, giving up 0 runs, and struck out 8.

PGA:

       Over the weekend, the Charles Schwab Tournament took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Jason Kokrak was crowned your winner after shooting -14 for the tournament. 

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