College Insider: West’s Addington swinging hot bat at Carson-Newman

Ryan Addington is off to a blazing start this season for the Carson-Newman University baseball team.

The senior center fielder and Lakota West High School graduate is hitting .477 for the Eagles (6-5), totaling four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 runs and 15 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .538.

Addington was named Player of the Week by the South Atlantic Conference on Feb. 14.

On Feb. 10 against Virginia-Wise, he went 5-for-6 with grand slams in the third and fourth innings of an 18-3 win and set a SAC single-game record with 10 RBIs. Addington became the 15th player in Division II history and the first in SAC history to launch two grand slams in one day.

Carson-Newman, located in Jefferson City, Tenn., hosts Tusculum on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Men's swimming: Sophomore Keith Jessee (Lakota East) won three events for Asbury (Ky.) at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 9-11 in Kingsport, Tenn.

Jessee took first place in the 200 individual medley (1:54.94), 400 IM (4:06.27) and 200 butterfly (1:55.08).

He finished second in the 200 (1:26.76), 400 (3:11.79) and 800 (7:06.03) free relays, and placed third in the 200 (1:37.08) and 400 (3:32.37) medley relays.

Asbury was second in the team standings, 24 points behind West Virginia Tech.

Women's basketball: Senior guard Michelle Brunswick (Madison) leads Wittenberg in rebounds (6.6) and steals (2.1) while also averaging 5.8 points and 1.5 assists per game.

Brunswick is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 67.5 percent from the foul line for the Tigers, who are 10-15 overall and 6-10 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Wittenberg enters the NCAC tournament as the No. 7 seed and will travel to No. 2 Kenyon on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Wrestling: Junior James Ritchie (Carlisle) has been part of a championship season at Baldwin Wallace as the Yellow Jackets are 22-3 overall and finished 6-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Ritchie, a 197-pounder, is 21-7 with 10 pins. Baldwin Wallace will travel to York (Pa.) for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships this weekend.

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