A-State defeats UCA
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State women’s team was victorious over in-state opponent Central Arkansas by a score of 6-1 Tuesday afternoon at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves (2-3) earned the doubles point for a 1-0 lead after winning two of the three matches. A-State’s pair of Tamara Slijepcevic/Janie Nowland defeated UCA’s duo of Kelsey Williams/Allison Murphy 8-6 while Arkansas State’s Biljana Miloshevska/Julie Gauguery registered an 8-7 victory over the Bears’ pair of Kristina Horsikyan/Cassidy Crawford to clinch the point. Central Arkansas’s duo of Simona Horsikyan/Krizia Buck earned an 8-3 win over A-State’s pair of Jess Heeps-Eriksen/Victoria Pisani in the other doubles match.
A-State also played well in the singles competition by taking five of the six matches against the Bears (5-3). A-State’s Slijepcevic dropped the first set against UCA’s Simona Horsikyan, but came back to earn a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. The Red Wolves also picked up wins when Nowland defeated Crawford 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and Gauguery recorded a straight set victory against Williams 6-4, 6-1.
Arkansas State’s Miloshevska registered a 6-2, 6-4 straight set win over UCA’s Kristina Horsikyan and A-State’s Chiara Stefanov picked up her first singles victory of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 straight set triumph over Bianca Strukelj to set the Red Wolves’ score at six. UCA’s Buck defeated A-State’s Heeps-Eriksen 6-3, 6-3 to register the Bears’ only point of the contest.
The Red Wolves return to action Saturday, March 1 in Troy, Ala., against Kennesaw State in a neutral site contest.
Lady Bisons blank Lindenwood
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Harding women’s tennis posted a shutout for the third time in the last four matches with a 6-0 shutout of Lindenwood (MO) on Tuesday.
Both teams are members of the NCAA Division II Central Region — Harding in the Great American Conference and Lindenwood (MO) in the MIAA.
The Lady Bisons (5-3) play two nationally-ranked teams this weekend, taking on 18th-ranked Southwest Baptist on Friday and 24th-ranked Drury on Saturday.
Harding won all three doubles points for the fifth time this season. Benyapa Phumtip and Piper Huey won their third straight doubles match at No.1. Phumtip and Huey are 4-1 as a doubles duo.
Ali Rowden and Katie Huff won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, and are 3-2 overall and 2-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Kaleigh Wagner and Lauren Doversola are now 4-2 as a doubles pairing with an 8-4 victory at No. 3.
The team played only three of the six singles matches to completion. Harding won all three of them in straight sets. Rowden won her third straight singles match 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 and improved to 5-1 this season in the top spot.
Huey won a tight match 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2. Huey has a team-best five-match winning streak and is a perfect 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
Phumtip easily handled her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Phumtip has won three straight and has won six of her seven matches at No. 3 singles this season.
HU men’s team falls at Lindenwood
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — In a match-up of regionally-ranked and nationally-ranked teams, 39th-ranked Harding lost 5-2 to 49th-ranked Lindenwood (MO) on Tuesday.
Harding dropped to 4-2 overall and plays 30th-ranked Southwest Baptist on Friday in Bolivar, Mo. Lindenwood (MO) improved to 3-1.
Harding’s two points both came in doubles. Mathaus Spiering and Jon Mark Rowden won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles over Andrei Masin and Johnannes Rabenhorst, the No. 4-ranked doubles team in the Central Region.
Yann Le Mat and Brandon Hogland improved to 3-1 in doubles with an 8-6 victory at No. 2.
Spiering had his nine-match winning streak snapped at No. 1 singles, falling in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Andrei Masin, ranked 11th in singles in the Central Region.
Sheets earns SAA player of the week
CONWAY — Hendrix College junior Robert Sheets was selected as the Southern Athletic Association men’s tennis Player of the Week on Wednesday.
Sheets, from San Franisco, went 2-0 in number one singles for the Warriors’ last week. He knocked off Austin’s top player 6-3, 6-2 on Friday, then followed with a 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) victory over Eliot Blatt of Rhodes on Sunday.
The Player of the Week is the second in Sheets’ career.
Sheets and the Warriors will play at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, on Saturday.
A-State takes midweek contest
JONESBORO — Junior pitcher Tanner Gaines tossed 4 1/3 innings of relief as Arkansas State won its third straight game over Southeast Missouri State 8-3 Tuesday night in a midweek contest at Tomlinson Stadium.
Gaines came in of relief of Adam Grantham in the fourth inning and gave up just one run on four hits and struck out three to earn his first win in a Red Wolves uniform. Colton Kibler and Bryan Ayers combined to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings to help A-State win its third straight over the Redhawks.
The Red Wolves (5-4) broke the game open in the bottom of eighth inning thanks to a 2-run triple from Austin Baker. The sophomore outfielder has two triples in his first nine games of the season, after collecting just one in all of 2013 and also stole his fifth base of the season to make him perfect on steal attempts. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scores and two RBIs.
The Red Wolves had 12 hits on the night and had the leadoff man reach base all but one inning.
After scoring two runs in the first inning, SEMO was held scoreless until the seventh inning when the Redhawks scored their only run of the night off Gaines. The right-hander from Baldwyn, Miss., has given up just two runs in 7 1/3 innings of work in relief on the year, while Kibler and Ayers each kept their ERAs at 0.00 on the season with perfect outings.
Arkansas State will embark its first road trip of the season it travels to Alabama-Birmingham for a three-game set with the Blazers.
Radack, Weber garner national honors
CONWAY — Hendrix College seniors Collin Radack and Thomas Weber were named to D3Baseball.com’s National Team of the Week on Wednesday.
Radack, a center fielder from Austin, Texas, extended his hitting streak to eight games as he hit .455 (10-of-22) with seven runs scored, two doubles, a home run, four RBI and three stolen bases in the leadoff spot, helping the Warriors go 3-1 on the week.
Weber, a right-handed pitcher from Gatesville, Texas, struck out seven while allowing one hit and three walks in seven scoreless innings to pick up the win against Wabash on Sunday. He also hit .438 (7-of-16) with six runs scored, six RBI and a double in four games last week.
Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play at Rhodes College in Memphis on Saturday.
Weather cancels ball game
MONTICELLO — Wednesday’s home baseball game against Delta State has been canceled due to weather and field conditions due to recent rainfall. The 13th-ranked Weevils are now set to return to the field this Friday and Saturday at home in a three-game Great American Conference series against Henderson State.
Big second-half propels A-State to win
JONESBORO —For the third game in a row, Arkansas State University picked up a win as the Red Wolves limited Lyon College to a school record 15 second-half points en route to a 65-39 non-conference victory Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.
Arkansas State (17-9) set a school single-game record for the fewest second-half points allowed by holding Lyon College to 15 in the second frame. The 1995-96 A-State squad previously held the mark as Texas-Pan American scored 18 second-half points in a Red Wolves’ 46-38 home decision on Feb. 8, 1996.
Senior guard Brandon Reed earned game-high scoring honors with 16 points. Senior guard Ed Townsel scored in double digits for the third time in his last four games with 14 points. Senior forwards Kirk Van Slyke and Kendrick Washington recorded 11 points each for A-State, which made 42.6 percent (23-54) of its field goals in the contest.
Guard Riley Jenkins’ 15 points paced Lyon College, who was playing in its second straight game in as many nights. Center Ben Worlow notched a pair of sevens in points and rebounds. The Scots had their four-game winning string come to an end and even their overall record to 15-15 as a result of the setback.
A-State returns to Sun Belt Conference (SBC) action this Saturday (March 1) night as the Red Wolves square off against instate rival UALR in Little Rock.