Trojans rally late for win
LITTLE ROCK – With conference tournament seeding on the line and a home court advantage to protect, it appeared for 30 minutes of game time that the UALR women’s basketball team was not up to the challenge.
But despite being down 49-39 against ULM at the Jack Stephens Center on Senior Night, one Trojans senior was not going to have her home career end with a loss.
Taylor Ford tied a career high with 24 points, leading the Trojans on a 14-0 run from that point and taking the lead back for the first time since early in the game. UALR eventually extended that run to 21-4 and defeated the Warhawks 72-62, securing the No. 3 seed for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament next week in New Orleans.
UALR (17-11, 12-6 SBC) will face No. 6 seed Troy on Wednesday for a berth in the tournament semifinals on Friday. ULM (11-19, 7-11), meanwhile, will take on regular-season champion Arkansas State earlier in the day on Wednesday.
It took more than just Ford’s 24 points to win this one for the Trojans as Shanity James racked up her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Gault also scored in double figures with 17 points, adding five assists and three rebounds.
A-State closes out regular season with victory
JONESBORO — Led by four players in double figures Arkansas State (20-11, 14-4 SBC) secured the outright Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship with a 80-49 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (14-15, 7-11) Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Playing in her final regular season home game, senior forward Jane Morrill A-State with 18 points, while fellow senior Carlisha Wyatt added a season-high 13 points and Hanna Qedan chipped in with 10.
Sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble collected her second double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 assists and flirted with a triple-double by grabbing eight rebounds. She also added five steals and went 6-of-9 from the field and perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Arkansas State will next play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in New Orleans, La., at Lakefront Arena March 12-15.
Golden Suns fall to Harding
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Caroline Eubanks turned in a 10-point, six-rebound performance, while Jacinda Myers-Sanders grabbed eight boards, but the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (17-11) were unable to overcome the hot shooting of the No. 2 Harding Lady Bisons (29-1), dropping an 81-48 decision in the semifinal round of the Great American Conference tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Bisons connected on 10 of 30 shots from long range, while the Golden Suns found a great deal of success at the charity stripe, connecting on 20-of-25 free-throws.
Davis came off the bench to score four points with four boards, while Mary Crow turned in an eight-point effort in the loss.
Bears fall to No. 1 Lumberjacks in finale
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas’ two seniors LaQuentin Miles and DeShone McClure combined for 39 points in their career finale on Saturday night in an 85-61 loss to league champion Stephen F. Austin at Johnson Coliseum.
The Jacksonville High School duo ended as UCA’s leading scorers on the season, with Miles averaging 23.2 and McClure 13 points per game. Miles finished his UCA career with 1,289 points, the 21st player in UCA history to top 1,000 points.
The Lumberjacks, riding a 25-game winning streak, shot 51.9 percent from the field in the second half and dominated the rebounding, beating the Bears 40-21 on the boards, including 16 offensive re bounds.
SFA will be the top seed in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas.
Jameson, Johnson lead Harding into GAC championship
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Harding men’s basketball will play Henderson State in the championship game of the Great American Conference Tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Harding (14-14) connected on 13-of-25 3-pointers, including its first three of the second half, and defeated No. 1 seed Arkansas Tech 83-64 on Saturday in the semifinals. No. 7 seed Henderson State defeated No. 6 seed Southern Arkansas 73-60 in the other semifinal setting up Sunday’s showdown.
Harding lost both meetings with Arkansas Tech by one point during the regular season with the Wonder Boys winning both on shots with less than one second remaining.
Jameson scored a career-high 27 points, made 5-of-7 3-pointers, and added six rebounds and six assists.
Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Blake McNair scored 13 for Harding. Jacob Gibson and Will Francis both scored all of their points in the second half. Gibson had nine, and Francis scored eight.
Tech guard Bobby Hatchett led the Wonder Boys with 14 points.
The two teams combined for only 10 turnovers.
Reddies advance to GAC championship
BARTLESVILLE — Henderson State overcame a nine point halftime deficit to beat Southern Arkansas 73-60 Saturday at the Great American Conference Tournament.
The Reddies (14-16) will advance to play in the GAC Championship on Sunday against Harding with tip-off set for 1 p.m. The winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament next week.
The Reddies advanced to their sixth conference tournament title game since joining Division II in 1993. Henderson State made all five appearances in a nine-year stretch between 1999 and 2007.
Four Reddies scored in double figures led by Melvin Haynes and Reggie Murphy both having 14 points. Taylor Smith totaled 13 points while Ronald Lawson scored 12 points.
For the Muleriders, Tyrell Taylor led the way with 13 points and 10 assists. Jeffrey Walker matched Taylor for team-high scoring honors.
Hendrix splits with Centre
CONWAY — The Hendrix College baseball team split a double-header with Centre College in Southern Athletic Association play on Saturday at Warrior Field. The visiting Colonels (4-6, 1-1) won the first game 11-9 in 10 innings, before the Warriors (6-7, 3-2) took a 2-1 decision in the nightcap.
Hendrix sophomore Will Nichol (1-0) earned the compete game victory in the second contest, allowing six hits, one run and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Rob Caudill (0-1) struck out three and gave up four hits, two runs and four walks in six innings in the losing effort.
In the opener, the Colonels took a 9-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Warriors forced extra innings with six runs on four hits, two hit batters and a walk. Freshman left fielder Wyatt Hogan hit a two-run single which tied the game.
Centre won the game in the 10th with a pair of RBIs.
Hendrix outhit Centre 15-13 in the game. Collin Radack went 4-for-5. Ryan Rtiz, Jacob Perschke, SpencerSummers and Matt Simmons each had two hits.
Reliever Alex Edwards (2-0) had one strikeout and allowed one run and three hits in 1 2/4 innings for the win. Junior Nick Land (1-2) allowed four hits, two earned runs, four walks and fanned two in 5 1/3 innings of relief in the loss.
Hendrix and Centre will play the rubber match of the series at noon on Sunday.
UCA falls 2-1 in 14 innings
MEMPHIS — Round 2 went to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday as they ended a 14-inning marathon with an RBI single by Jake Little to take a 2-1 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in non-conference baseball action at FedEdPark.
The Bears (7-5), who won a 17-inning affair on Friday night, had their chances in extra innings on Saturday but could not produce the run they needed. UCA left runners on base in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 14th innings, and stranded 14 on the day.
UCA starter Connor Gilmore, a sophomore from Little Rock, tossed nine strong innings, allowing just five hits and striking out five and allowing only an unearned run. Scott Zimmerle, who was at first base for the first nine innings, pitched the final five and allowed five hits and struck out two.
The Bears fell behind again Saturday as the Tigers scored an unearned run in the fourth inning, but UCA came back to tie it in the top of the fifth. Brad Dillenberger walked before Wesley Hoover hit a two-out triple to the gap in right center to tied it at 1-1.
Bryce Beeler (1-0), who started in left field, got the victory for the Tigers. Zimmerle (0-1) took the loss.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Holthaus, Smith pitch Bisons to shutout
SEARCY - Harding pitchers Logan Holthaus and Bronson Smith combined on a five-hit shutout and the Bison offense did just enough to defeat East Central 2-0 on Saturday in Great American Conference action at Tiger Field.
Harding (13-7, 6-3) got its first win of the three-game series after losing leads in both games of a doubleheader loss Friday against East Central (10-10, 6-6).
Holthaus (3-0) allowed only four hits and three walks while striking out six over eight innings. The senior from Winona, Mo., has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his five starts this season and has a 0.60 ERA (1ER, 15IP) in his last two starts.
Smith allowed only one hit in the last two innings and earned his second save of the season and the 19th of his career, a Harding record.
Erin McCarver’s double down the right field line scored gave the Bisons the first run of the game in the fourth.
Trent Wooldridge’s squeeze bunt scored Kyler Offenbacker in the seventh inning.
East Central’s Robert Buitrago (2-3) pitched well but took the loss. He allowed only one earned run over six innings and struck out two.
Stewart and McCarver both had two hits for Harding.
Weevils split with Tigers
ARKADELPHIA — The 11th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team split with Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, losing the first game 6-0 before taking the second game 4-1.
In the first game, UAM (15-7, 7-5 Great American Conference) was limited to four hits as OBU starter Luis DeJesus (3-2) went the distance, keeping UAM scoreless while striking out eight and walking two in nine innings of work. The Weevils reached second base only once. The game one loss gave OBU the series victory, marking UAM’s first series loss so far this season.
Senior D’Marco Poindexter racked up half of UAM’s hits with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate. Sophomore Zach McKnight (2-1) took the loss after giving up three runs off six hits with two strikeouts and three walks in the first 4.1 innings.
In the second game, UAM rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Senior Ben Agredano laced a two-run single through the left side of the infield, and then scored on junior Austin Braddock’s double to left in the next at bat.
Senior Kade Garlington (4-2) earned the win after giving up one run off five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in the first six innings of the scheduled seven-inning game. Senior Jeff Harvill picked up his fifth save of the season by striking out three in the bottom of the seventh. OBU’s Craig Daniel (0-3) took the loss after giving up four runs off six hits in the first four innings.
Southern Arkansas sweeps Reddies
ARKADELPHIA — No. 4 Southern Arkansas (19-4, 9-3 GAC) completed a three-game sweep of Henderson State (5-16, 4-8 GAC) by winning a double-header 11-4 and 4-1 Saturday at Clyde Berry Field.
In the opener, Henderson State jumped out to 3-0 lead scoring three runs in the second-inning.
Five Reddie pitchers combined to give up eight walks and hit five batters.
In the series finale, SAU scored a run in four straight innings while having just four hits.
Henderson’s lone run came in the sixth-inning as Rodriguez hit a two-out single to drive home Lance Fields who singled to begin the inning.
Henderson State will next play Union University in a non-conference double-header beginning Wednesday at Clyde Berry Field.
Warriors fall to Majors in SAA opener
CONWAY — Hendrix College opened Southern Athletic Association play with a pair of losses to Millsaps College at Warrior Field on Saturday.
The Majors (9-0, 2-0) took the first game 9-6, then beat the Warriors (2-7, 0-2) 10-7.
In game one, Millsaps scored five runs in the top of the second, including a two-run single from Abbie Joiner and a two-run double by Rayne Gravat. Hendrix senior center fielder Tiffany Hubbard led the third off with a double and scored on a triple from sophomore third baseman Shelby Anderson.
Shelby Anderson went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Hubbard had a pair of hits, and scored twice.
Millsaps outhit Hendrix 15-6.
Blakelie Entremont (5-0) earned the win by allowing two walks and one hit with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Sophomore Ariel McDonald (0-1) took the loss, giving up seven hits, four runs and three walks with one strikeout.
In the nightcap, the Warriors jumped out to a 3-0, only to have Millsaps rally back to go up 5-3 in the fifth. Hendrix responded to command a 7-5 advantage as Catelyn Gibbs hit a RBI single and Courtney Riley plated two runs with a single.
Millsaps won at the top of the seventh scoring four runs on five hits.
Kayla Patton led the Warriors at the plate with two hits and three RBI. Hubbard had two hits, including a double, as did Riley.
Katie Birdwell (3-0) struck out two and gave up three hits, four runs and three walks in three innings of relief for the win. Patton (1-4) allowed 15 hits, eight earned runs, two walks and fanned one.
Hendrix and Millsaps will play another double-header on Sunday at noon
Harding opens series with pair of wins
SEARCY — Harding (13-8, 6-4 GAC) swept East Central (13-10, 8-2 GAC) in Great American Conference action at the Harding Softball Field on Saturday. The Lady Bisons won 4-1 and 8-2.
In the first game, Harding got on board with a pair of miscues. Jessica Greene reached home in the first on a wild pitch. Courtney Derrick scored in the third on a throwing error by the catcher. Mackenzie Jones and Derrick also added RBI singles.
The Lady Tigers only run came in the fifth inning, when pitcher Nicole Nordie hit a home run to left field.
Amber Rollins (6-3) got the win for Harding. Rollins pitched all seven innings, giving up six hits and struck out nine. Nordie (2-2) got the loss for East Central.
Derrick also had two stolen bases.
The two teams will wrap up their series tomorrow at noon at the Harding Softball Field.
In the second game, Madison Wickline then hit a single that drove in two runs as the Lady Bisons grabbed an early 3-0 lead. Harding went on to score one in the third, two in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Kinsey Beck, Mackenzie Jones, Carolyn Clayton and Marley Edwards all had an RBI for the Lady Bisons.
East Central scored one run in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning. Harding got out of both innings as the Lady Tigers left the bases loaded both times.
Danielle Hubbard (6-4) got the win for Harding. Hubbard pitched six innings, giving up 10 hits and two runs. Brianna Nunley got the loss for East Central.
Blossoms shutout OBU in DH
MONTICELLO — In its first home games since the first day of February, the University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team snapped a five-game losing skid with a pair of shutout victories of Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, winning the first game 5-0 and the second game 8-0 in five innings.
In the first game, junior hurler Katie Slaughter (6-4) allowed two hits with four strikeouts and one walk in her seven-innings of work, marking her second shutout victory of the season. In game two, senior Courtney Wilson (6-4) picked up her third shutout of the season and only allowed two hits as the Blossoms supported her with eight runs off 10 hits in the run-rule win.
Abbi Frakes (4-4) took the loss for OBU (7-13, 3-7 GAC) in the first game, allowing five runs off eight hits in a complete-game effort. Shelby McWhorter (1-4) took the loss in the second game after giving up eight runs off nine hits in the first 2.1 innings.
The two squads wrap up the four-game series on Sunday with a double header starting at 1 p.m. at Blossoms Field.
Titans outlast Warriors
CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team lost 12-10 to Illinois Wesleyan University at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
The Warriors (4-3) held a 9-8 lead headed into the fourth quarter, but the visiting Titans (2-0) outscored the home team 4-1 in the final period.
IWU outshot Hendrix 37-35, but the Orange & Black had a 23-19 on goal advantage. Both teams picked up 23 ground balls and split the 26 faceoff chances with 13 each. The
Senior midfielder Cameron Millstone led the Warriors with four goals and one assist. The St. Louis, Mo. native took 14 shots, 11 on goal. Freshman attacker Carson Boone had two goals and freshman Robbie Borrello registered a goal and two assists. Patrick Diamonon, Alex Ortenstone and Patrick Munn also found the cage and Travis Rabun had one assist. Freshman Jason Blatt picked up 10 ground balls. Sophomore keeper Dennis O’Hara had seven saves in goal.
Hendrix will travel to Montgomery, Ala. to face Huntingdon College on Saturday.
Golden Suns sweep Henderson State
ARKADELPHIA — Nozomi Matsuoka rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles over Henderson State’s Sara Griffin, Bohdana Sardak took a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 2 singles over Hannah Watson, and Olga Leyshyna won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles over Sarah Camras as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team (7-1) swept to a 9-0 nonconference win over Henderson State on Saturday.
Tammy Bell was a winner at No. 4 singles, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win over Brittany Harness, while Camila Roca topped Tyler Reaves 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Laura Sanchez was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Maddie McJunkins at No. 6 singles to round out the individual points.
Matsuoka and Bell were 8-2 winners at the top doubles spot, topping the duo of Griffin and Watson, while Sardak and Leyshyna won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles over Camras and Harness .Sanchez and Roca captured the final doubles point with an 8-4 win over Reaves and McJunkins.
The Golden Suns return to action on Sunday, facing Northwestern State in a neutral-site matchup, taking place at 2 p.m. in Conway, Ark