Bronchos’ bats too much for Lions

FORT SMITH — The University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos continued their hot hitting on Saturday afternoon, posting their second consecutive run-rule win against the UAFS Diamond Lions at Wendell Simmons Field in Edmond, Okla.

Central Oklahoma pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of seven uncharacteristic errors by UAFS to beat the Diamond Lions 18-3 in seven innings. Central Oklahoma (2-0) won the series, but UAFS can prevent a series sweep with a win in the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

UAFS starter Darrin Pittman (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing 10 runs – six earned – on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts over a quick 3 2/3 innings. Middle reliever Eric Tiefenthaler allowed seven runs – four earned – on eight hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings, while reliever Kellen Smith allowed one unearned run on no hits with one walk in one inning.

UAFS (3-2) had just three hits off two of the three Central Oklahoma pitchers. Central Oklahoma starter Mason Justice (1-0) allowed three runs – two earned – on two hits with five walks and five strikeouts over five innings. Reliever Tanner Ferrell allowed one walk and two strikeouts in one inning, while reliever Kylar Trumbla allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning.

Left fielder Josh Vanderpool was 1 for 2 with a two-run home run, and first baseman Brenna Rogers and designated hitter J.C. Baxley were each 1 for 3.

A-State sweeps season-opening twin bill

JONESBORO — Arkansas State swept a season-opening doubleheader against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field, claiming a 3-0 game-one victory and an 18-8 win in the second contest.

The Red Wolves (2-0) claimed their 24th consecutive home-opening victory dating back to the 1991 season and improved to 4-2 in season openers under head coach Tommy Raffo.

A-State shutout two opponents all of last season, but began its 2013 campaign by using a dominant pitching performance to blank the RedHawks (0-2). The Red Wolves then turned up their offense in the second game to score their most runs since posting 19 against SIU-Edwardsville in the fifth game of the 2009 season.

Four A-State pitchers, including senior starter Bradley Wallace, combined to allow seven hits and keep Miami off the scoreboard. Wallace recorded five strikeouts over six full innings of work to earn his ninth career victory, while sophomore Adam Grantham struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his second career save.

The Red Wolves’ offense accounted for all their runs in the third inning with Zach Maggio, Zach George and Dustin Jones all crossing the plate. A-State recorded three of its six hits during the at-bat, including an RBI single by George. Austin Baker and Kevin Fitzpatrick each posted a sacrifice fly to bring home the Red Wolves other two runs.

Eleven A-State players recorded at least one hit in the second game, including Jones and 2014 newcomer Matt Burgess with a team-high three each. Burgess was responsible for a team-high three RBI, and, along with Jones, scored three times.

Starting pitcher Chandler Hawkins struck out four batters in four innings of work and collected the victory. Like the first game, the Red Wolves used four pitchers with Coulton Lee allowing no runs and only one hit in 1.2 innings of relief work.

A-State and Miami will conclude their three-game weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium.

Wonder Boys sweep Crimson Storm

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Zac Johnson went 4-for-7 with five runs scored, five RBIs, and one homerun, while senior James Sharp had two hits, and senior Jay Johnson hit a home run to lead the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (7-2, 3-0 GAC) to two 10-4 wins over the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm (3-4, 0-3 GAC) Saturday at Tech Field.

The Wonder Boys started off the game with four runs in the bottom of the first. Zac Johnson hit an RBI single to first base, Keenan Jumper doubled down the left field line bringing in two, and John Lassiter earned the fourth RBI after he grounded out to second base.

Junior Aaron Johnson took the win for the Wonder Boys after pitching 5.0 innings fanning six. Trent Armstrong pitched two innings of scoreless relief, while Southern Nazarene’s Thomas Solowynsky took the loss after giving up nine hits and ten runs.

In the nightcap, the Crimson Storm started off with four runs in the top of the first. The Wonder Boys responded with three in the bottom of the first and after that the runs kept coming. Arkansas Tech would follow with two in the second and five in the third.

During the third inning, with Scamardo and Patrick Castleberry on base, Johnson slammed a homer over left field to have 3 RBIs. That would be the last score of the game as the rest of the innings were scoreless.

Sophomore Zach Skelton took the win for the Wonder Boys after pitching 5.0 innings, fanning four. Dillon Miller, Jake Bell, and Randy Vallejo combined to pitch two innings of scoreless relief.

The Wonder Boys will continue play at Tech Field with a game against Henderson State on Tuesday.

Missionaries defeat Warriors

FRISCO, Texas - Hendrix College gave up a 4-0 lead through five and a half innings, falling to Whitman College 6-4 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark on Saturday.

The Warriors (0-2) allowed a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth to the Missionaries (6-3).

Hendrix left two runners stranded on the bases in the top of the ninth.

Both teams had 11 hits, but the Warriors only had one extra-base hit — Ritz’ double, while the Missionaries registered six doubles.

Ryan Ritz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a steal and Weber had three hits and three RBI. Collin Radack and Wyatt Hogan both had two hits and a run scored.

Hendrix sophomore starter Kyle Teachout allowed seven hits and one unearned run while striking out one in five and two-thirds innings. Sophomore Brian Commerford (0-1) took the loss, giving up a hit, a walk, a hit batter and two earned runs and no outs.

Hendrix will wrap up their time in Frisco on Sunday when they face Hardin-Simmons and UT Dallas.

Weevils split GAC opener

ALVA, Okla. — The 15th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello recorded a double-header split with Northwestern Oklahoma State on the road on Saturday in the first Great American Conference games for both teams, losing the first game 8-3 and winning the second game 3-2.

The Rangers (5-2, 1-1 GAC) opened the double header with five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead, highlighted by a pair of home runs. After three scoreless innings following that first inning rally for NWOSU, UAM (6-2, 1-1 GAC) chipped away with two runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run single from senior Ray Johnson.

Senior Kade Garlington (1-2) took the loss for UAM after giving up five runs (four earned) off seven hits in the first three innings. Corey Korenic (2-0) picked up the win for the Rangers, allowing two runs off three hits in the first 4.2 innings.

In the nightcap, UAM came from behind with a two-run home run by sophomore Travis Steinke in the top of the sixth inning of the scheduled seven inning game to salvage the double header split.

UAM junior Logan Johnson (2-0) earned the win after allowing two runs off five hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Zach Postoak (0-1) took the loss for NWOSU, giving up three runs off seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The two squads meet again on Sunday to decide the series in a single, nine-inning game starting at noon.

Reddies sweep twin bill from Savage Storm

ARKADELPHIA — Tadarious Hawkins’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th-inning lifted Henderson State to a 5-4 win over Southeastern Oklahoma and spark a double-header sweep of the Savage Storm, Saturday.

The Reddies followed with an 8-1 win over the Savage Storm to win the series. The win snapped a seven-game losing skid for Henderson State as the Reddies improved to 2-7 overall and 2-1 in the Great American Conference.

Luke Tebbetts pitched the final two innings for Henderson State to pick up his first win of his college career.

In the final game of the series, Henderson State scored two runs in the first and third innings to build a 4-0 lead.

Colton Lorance picked up his first win of the season as the junior left-hander pitched 6 innings, scattering six hits and striking out three batters.

Joseph Gary had a huge day offensively for the Reddies as the junior from Rowlett, Texas, had five hits with a pair of doubles and three RBI.

Henderson State will next travel to Russellville for a non-conference game against Arkansas Tech on Tuesday.

Late rally falls short for Bears

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears put together a furious ninth-inning rally Saturday that fell just short in a 6-4 loss to the Missouri State Bears at Bear Stadium.

The Bears (0-2) trailed the entire game and were behind 6-2 going into their final at-bat. Junior first baseman Nate Ferrell hit a sharp line drive to second base that got in the setting sun and glanced off the glove of Eric Cheray to score Justin Treece. A throwing error on the same play by first baseman Conor Smith allowed Chris Townsend to score and close the gap to 6-4.

Pinch hitter Brandon Montalvo walked, ending the day for Burgess, but MSU’s Adam Anawalt came on and got junior Austin White to ground into a game-ending double play on his first pitch to earn the save.

Sophomore right fielder Tyler Langley of Conway had two of UCA’s hits, including a solo home run to left field in the eighth inning. Ferrell had a pair of RBI and Matt Anderson added another on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning.

UCA starter Connor McClain, a junior from Conway, got the loss, going 4.2 innings, alllowing 7 hits, 4 walks and 5 earned runs.

A trio of UCA relievers, Chris Caudle, Scott Zimmerle and Bo Stitch, shut out MSU over the final three innings.

The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Harding sweeps doubleheader

SEARCY — Harding baseball swept a doubleheader Saturday winning 7-3 and 3-2 over Truman State at Jerry Moore Field. The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Harding improved to 4-2 on the season, and Truman State dropped to 0-2.

Harding was held scoreless through the first four innings of the opener and trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth.

Bison senior Matt Calhoun tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth. Truman State answered with two runs in the top of the sixth, both scoring on a Dave Gambino double.

Harding cut the Truman State lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when John Chapman singled in James Anderson. The Bisons took the lead for good in the seventh. The key play of the game was a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze by Harding’s Noah Chandler. Zac Stewart scored from third on the play, and then Anderson drove in two more runs on single to right.

Freshman reliever Jeff Belknap (1-0) pitched the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win in relief for the Bisons. Senior Cameron Walker started and went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and three earned runs.

Harding had a season-high 10 hits in the game that included Chapman’s first career three-hit game.

The second game was scheduled for seven innings, but the teams went to the eighth tied at 2-2.

Stewart (1-0) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Bisons and earned his first win of the season. Stewart struck out the final two batters of the seventh inning with the potential go-ahead run on third base. He allowed a single in the eighth but stranded the runner.

McCarver had two of Harding’s five hits in game two and scored two of the three runs.