College Sports

Carvalho wins award

Rock Hill native Gabriela Carvalho, a senior on the University of the South women's tennis team received a weekly honor.

Carvalho, daughter of Winthrop tennis coach Cid Carvalho, was named Tiger of the Week for her play over spring break.

During the Tigers' trip to California, Carvalho defeated the No. 1 singles players from three nationally-ranked teams -- No. 6 Carnegie Mellon, No. 10 Redlands and No. 25 Westmont.

She beat Carnegie Mellon's Amy Staloch 6-3, 6-3; Redlands' Rachael Miller 1-6, 6-0, 6-3; and Westmont's Lauren Combs 6-2, 6-1.

Carvalho, who was home-schooled before college, teamed with Jordan Casey to also defeat Carnegie Mellon's top doubles team, which is ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic South Region.

Carvalho is undefeated in singles and doubles against Division III opponents this year.

An English major, Carvalho is a four-time (three singles and one doubles) Division III All-American, was the 2005 national Rookie of the Year and has been named All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for three years.

• COASTAL CAROLINA: Senior outfielder Tommy Baldridge is having a consistent season for the Chanticleers.

The left-handed hitting Baldridge, who played at Fort Mill High School, is batting .282 in 22 games for the 18-4 Chants. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Baldridge has four homers and 22 RBIs.

• SOUTH CAROLINA: Four former Gamecocks have been sent to the minor leagues by their respective major league organizations.

Cincinnati sent right-handed pitcher Marcus McBeth and left-hander Jon Coutlangus to Triple-A Louisville. Arizona farmed out right-hander Billy Buckner to Triple-A Tucson. And Oakland dropped infielder Kevin Melillo to Sacramento.

All four spent some time in the major leagues last season.

McBeth was 3-2 with a 5.94 ERA in 23 games with Cincinnati. Coutlangus was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 64 appearances with the Reds.

Buckner, acquired in an off-season trade by Arizona, was 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in seven games with Kansas City.

Melillo was in one game with the Athletics last season after spending the year with Sacramento, where he batted .262 in 98 games.

• SPARTANBURG METH-ODIST: Freshman right-handed pitcher Josh Salay is unbeaten in his first season with the Pioneers, who are 28-7, 19-4 in NJCAA 1 Region X play.

Salay, a former Rock Hill High who was at Winthrop, is 8-0 with a 3.57 ERA.

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