No. 2 Golden Tigers’ Road to Softball World Series Goes Through Louisiana

KANSAS CITY (May 10, 2017) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced here late today that the No. 2 nationally ranked Brenau University Golden Tigers will face Edward Waters College in Alexandria, Louisiana, May 15 in a softball national championship opening-round regional featuring three Top 25 teams.

The top-seeded Golden Tigers represent the Southern States Athletic Conference as both the regular-season and tournament champions with an unprecedented 26-0 regular-season league record, a 4-0 conference tournament record and a 51-5 overall mark. No other SSAC team has ever won all of its conference games in regular-season and postseason play.

Edward Waters, the No. 4 seed in the four-team double-elimination regional and the runner-up in the Association of Independent Institutions/Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, finished league play unranked with a 26-25 overall record.

Read the full story at https://www.brenau.edu/news/no2-golden-tigers-road-to-softball-world-series-goes-through-louisiana/

Watch Golden Tigers Softball Tournament Play Live Online

Brenau outfielder Mackenzie Oliver Mullis, a senior from Carnesville, Ga., from left to right, Brenau infielder Lexi Cash, a sophomore from Toccoa, Ga., and Brenau infielder/outfielder Kelsey Payne, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., react after Mullis and Cash scored the first two runs of the game during a game against Bethel in the SSAC conference softball tournament. Brenau won 7-1.(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau outfielder Mackenzie Oliver Mullis, a senior from Carnesville, Ga., from left to right, Brenau infielder Lexi Cash, a sophomore from Toccoa, Ga., and Brenau infielder/outfielder Kelsey Payne, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., react after Mullis and Cash scored the first two runs of the game during a game against Bethel in the SSAC conference softball tournament. Brenau won 7-1.(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The top-seeded Brenau University Golden Tigers face No. 4 seed College of Coastal Georgia at noon CDT/1 p.m. EDT today on Day 2 of the Southern States Athletic Conference softball tournament in Decatur, Alabama.

With a victory, the Golden Tigers would play again today at 6 p.m. CDT/7 EDT against the winner of No. 2 William Carey vs. No. 3 Mobile. With a loss, Brenau would face either No. 7 Middle Georgia or a yet to be determined opponent.

Fans can watch all of the tournament games live at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ssac/.

Brenau, the first team to go undefeated in SSAC regular-season play, defeated No. 9 seed Bethel (Tennessee) University 7-1 in Thursday’s tournament opener to advance.

Brenau jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Autumn Conaway doubled to deep left to score Lexi Cash and Mackenzie Oliver Mullis.

The Lady Wildcats cut the Golden Tigers’ lead to 2-1 with their lone run on a sacrifice fly by Iesha Kizer in the top of the fourth inning.

Then the Golden Tigers went to work, extending their lead in the bottom of the inning when Courtney Kenney walked with the bases loaded to score Cash. Shelton Kendrix followed with a single to deep left, scoring Mullis and Kelsey Payne for a 5-1 advantage. Brenau added two more runs on a wild throw by Bethel’s Kizer.

Golden Tigers freshman ace Kathleen Elizabeth “Eli” Daniel, who was named the SSAC player, pitcher and freshman of the year Wednesday, struck out five batters and allowed four hits and no earned runs in the complete-game victory. Daniel leads the nation in wins (39), strikeouts (506), ERA (0.49) and opponents’ batting average (.123).

Mullis continued her dominance on the basepaths, swiping two bases and scoring twice. The senior outfielder from Carnesville, Georgia, leads the SSAC this season in runs scored (47) and stolen bases (40) and is third in batting average (.417).

Conaway finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs. The freshman infielder from Guyton, Georgia, is second in the SSAC with a .421 batting average and third in hits (67) and total bases (94).

Brenau Keeps ‘Never Less than First’ Record Alive with Fifth Straight SSAC Conference Championship

From left to right, Anita Button, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., Ayana Daniels, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., and Haley Gill, a sophomore from Dublin, Ga., take second, first and third respectively in the pole vault during the second day of the SSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Ala. Brenau won their 5th straight SSAC conference championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

From left to right, Anita Button, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., Ayana Daniels, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., and Haley Gill, a sophomore from Dublin, Ga., take second, first and third respectively in the pole vault during the second day of the SSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Ala. Brenau won their 5th straight SSAC conference championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau University track and field team accumulated 233 points to win decisively its fifth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, April 22. The five-year-old team has never failed to capture a conference championship.

Heavily favored going into the meet on the neutral campus of the University of South Alabama, the Golden Tigers from Gainesville, Georgia, outpaced Loyola (Louisiana) University by 56 points and third-place William Carey (Mississippi) University by 85 points to claim their second straight championship under head coach Byron Kramer.

“This was a strong team effort,” said Kramer. “We asked a lot out of many of our athletes, and they stepped up and delivered.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery at https://www.brenau.edu/inmotion/never-less-than-first-record-alive-with-fifth-straight-ssac-conference-championship/

Golden Tigers Softball is First Undefeated Team in Conference History

Brenau players celebrate as they take the lead against College of Coastal Georgia in Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletic Park, Friday, April 21, 2017. Brenau defeated Coastal 3-2 sealing their undefeated season. (Photo/ John Roark, for Brenau University)

The Golden Tigers softball team on Friday became the first program to go undefeated in the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the College of Coastal Georgia at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park.

The doubleheader also gave Golden Tigers freshman Eli Daniel of Locust Grove, Georgia, two more chances to make a case that she is the best pitcher in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women’s softball. The Tigers ace pitched the entire seven innings in Game 1 and came in for two innings of relief in Game 2, picking up her NAIA-leading 37th and 38th wins and recording 14 strikeouts to move her total for the season to 501, also tops in the nation.

With the perfect 26-0 conference record, the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the nation, finish regular-season play at 47-5 and 21-4 at home. The team clinched the 2017 regular-season conference championship on Tuesday. The Tigers next travel to Decatur, Alabama, for the SSAC postseason championship Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29.

“I’ve been here 15 years and this year has really been something,” said head coach Devon Thomas. “In this conference, nobody has ever been through undefeated. To have that, to have this great season with a great team that’s now No. 2 in the country, it’s something. I’m so proud of them to finish off the season 26-0, and in such dramatic fashion.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery from both games at https://www.brenau.edu/inmotion/golden-tigers-first-undefeated-team-in-ssac-conference-play/.

Track & Field Aims for 5th Straight Conference Championship Win This Weekend

Brenau Track & Field Team

The Golden Tigers track and field team will compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship this Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in Mobile, Alabama.

The team has won the conference championship for the last four years, every year Brenau has had a track and field program. Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said it would be “a significant achievement” for Brenau to continue to win consecutive championships every year since the inception of the program.

Five SSAC track and field teams will compete in the conference finals this weekend: Brenau, Dalton (Georgia) State College, Loyola (Louisiana) University, William Carey (Mississippi) University and University of Mobile (Alabama).

“We feel good about our chances,” Head Coach Byron Kramer said, “but we know that it is not a foregone conclusion, since several of our opponents have improved this year. We have worked hard and will be ready.”

Updates throughout the championship will be posted at http://www.ssacsports.com/sport/0/17.php. Please join us in wishing Coach Kramer and the team good luck this weekend!

Brenau Celebrating First Season of Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park Tuesday

Lexi Cash fist bumps with assistant coach Mike Ledford after a base hit during the opening double header at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park between the Brenau Golden Tigers and Talladega College. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Lexi Cash fist bumps with assistant coach Mike Ledford after a base hit during the opening double header at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park between the Brenau Golden Tigers and Talladega College. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau will host a celebration of the inaugural Golden Tigers softball season on Pacolet Milliken Field at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The ceremony and the subsequent doubleheader for the No. 3-in-the-nation Golden Tigers team are free and open to the public, but parking is limited at the site.

Faculty, staff and employees are encouraged to park at the Brenau Amphitheatre with shuttle service to and from the athletics park beginning at 4 p.m. and running throughout the evening.

The Golden Tigers (43-5 overall, 22-0 SSAC) are currently ranked No. 3 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and first in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

Prior to the 5 p.m. doubleheader against visiting Faulkner University, there will be a ceremonial first pitch and brief presentation honoring the benefactors for the first phase of the new athletics facility – Pacolet Milliken, Inc., which donated the land for the park adjacent to its New Holland Mill, and the Melvin Douglas and the Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation, Inc., started by the two former New Holland residents.

South Carolina-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., made possible the development of the multiuse athletics park when it donated the 16.8-acre tract of land adjacent to the historic Milliken & Co. mill on Jesse Jewell Parkway, about a mile from the historic campus. Doug Ivester, a Brenau trustee, and his wife Kay provided funding in 2014 for the first phase of the park, which is named for Kay Ivester’s father.

Please join us for the celebration of Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park and to cheer on the Golden Tigers.

Eli Daniel Named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week

Brenau's Eli Daniel pitches during a Brenau softball game against Brewton-Parker College on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau's Eli Daniel pitches during a Brenau softball game against Brewton-Parker College on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Freshman biology major Eli Daniel from Locust Grove, Georgia, was named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week for her performance the week of March 13-19, 2017.

Daniel is 22-2 with a 0.36 ERA and has helped her team to a No. 8 national ranking in the first 2017 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll. She was also named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fifth consecutive week in a row.

To read the Gainesville Times’ article about Daniel, go to http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/176/article/122544/.

Come Watch the Golden Tigers Spring Golf Invitational Monday and Tuesday

Brenau's golf team poses for a photo with the team's two Folds of Honor bags. One bag honors Larry E. Smedley and the other honors Theron Hobbs. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau's golf team poses for a photo with the team's two Folds of Honor bags. One bag honors Larry E. Smedley and the other honors Theron Hobbs. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau University Golden Tigers golf team will host the third annual Golden Tigers Spring Invitational collegiate golf tournament Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, at Chattahoochee Golf Club, 3000 Club Drive. The two-day, 36-hole tournament, which features more than 90 college athletes, begins at 9 a.m. both days. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the tournament’s second year at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The Brenau golf team plays four events in the fall and five in the spring, and it doesn’t have many opportunities to compete at home like the other 13 Golden Tigers sports teams, since its golf matches are usually played at other universities. The golf invitational was organized to give Brenau golfers an opportunity to host and play at home.

“Providing my team with an opportunity to compete at home is very important, especially to my players,” said Brenau head coach Damon Stancil. “As college golfers, we don’t have stands of fans to cheer us on, but playing at home does give the players’ family, Brenau friends, sorority sisters and local supporters a chance to see them compete.”

To read the full article, go to https://www.brenau.edu/news/90-college-athletes-compete-golden-tigers-spring-invitational-golf-tournament/

Track & Field Athlete Sydney Romine Competes in NAIA Indoor Championships This Week

Sydney Romine, a freshman health science and pre nursing major from Jasper, Ga. will compete in the 60m hurdles at the NAIA Indoor National Championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Sydney Romine, a freshman health science and pre-nursing major from Jasper, Ga. will compete in the 60m hurdles at the NAIA Indoor National Championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University’s Sydney Romine will be the first Golden Tigers athlete to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Indoor National Championships Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, when she runs the the 60-meter hurdles in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Romine, a freshman at Brenau from Jasper, Georgia, competes on both the indoor and outdoor teams. In the outdoor sport she is an accomplished heptathlete. She qualified for the indoor championship meet with a time of 9.20 and spent the last two weeks concentrating on hurdles for her trip to Johnson City.

Read the full story at https://www.brenau.edu/news/track-field-athlete-sydney-romine-competes-in-naia-indoor-championships-this-week/

First Home Softball Game at New Athletics Park

Come out and cheer on the Brenau Golden Tigers softball team as they take on the Talladega Tornadoes at 3 p.m. this Friday Feb. 10 in the first home game at the new Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park.

Parking is limited at the new complex, so shuttle service will begin at 2:15 p.m. from the Brenau Amphitheatre. There will be concessions and prize giveaways fort those who attend.