Brenaus Autumn Dodson, a senior guard from Jefferson City, Tenn.,
The Brenau basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 73-45 victory over Voorhees (South Carolina) College on Tuesday in Gainesville.
The game was highlighted by senior guard Autumn Dodson’s career-high 32-point performance, which helped her eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career. The Golden Tigers shot 59 percent in the second half for their first win of the season.
“Autumn had a really great performance tonight,” said head coach Kris Stewart. “She works so hard to improve her game and it showed tonight. Her induction into the 1,000 point club is well-deserved.”
Dodson shot a blistering 13-25 (52 percent) from the field, including 6-14 (43 percent) from three-point range to become only the eighth Golden Tiger to join the 1,000-point club. She joins former standouts Brittany Wiley (2010-2014), Ashley Hagans (2008-10), Paige Cooper (2006-10), Sarah Ledford (2006-10), Vicky Wilson (2006-10), Nikki Reed (2009-13) and Kalin Williams (2013-16) as the only Golden Tigers to achieve this mark.
Brenau (2-1 overall) next hosts Truett-McConnell College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brenau Tennis Coach Andre Ferreira was on the winning pro doubles team at the Chattahoochee Country Club’s 24th Annual Pro-Am, which ran from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 5-7.
The Chattahoochee Country Club offers adults of all levels a wide variety of tennis activities, including Pro-Am, or “professionals and amateurs.” The pro doubles finals were held Saturday.
“Andre represented Brenau well in the CCC pro-am, on the winning pro doubles team,” said Pete Miller, president of the Brenau Board of Trustees. “Throughout the tournament he was a great ambassador for Brenau.”
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.
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).
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.