UAFS hosts Ecclesia College

FORT SMITH — Fresh off a doubleheader sweep of in-state rival Henderson State on Sunday, the UAFS baseball team will make its home debut on Wednesday when it hosts the Ecclesia College Royals at Crowder Field.

First pitch will be at 1 p.m. in the single, nine-inning game.

UAFS (2-0) is off to its best start since joining NCAA Division II five seasons ago. The Diamond Lions beat the Reddies 4-3 and 7-3.

The Diamond Lions are batting 0.317 with four extra-base hits. Junior center fielder Curtis Clark led the Diamond Lions offensively during the two-game opener, starting in the No. 9 hole both games and batting 0.500 with one double and five RBI. He also stole two bases.

It will be the season opener for Ecclesia College, which had its first four games of the season against the University of the Ozarks cancelled because of inclement weather. The Royals, who are based in Springdale, Ark., compete in the National Christian College Athletics Association and were the NCCAA Division I Central Region Runner-up last season.

UAM-NWOSU series begins on Saturday

MONTICELLO – This weekend’s baseball series in Alva, Okla. between the No. 15 University of Arkansas at Monticello and Northwestern Oklahoma State has been pushed back one day and will now start with a double header on Saturday at 1 p.m. in followed by a single game on Sunday starting at noon.


Lady Lions finish second in tourney

FORT SMITH — Wintry weather forced the cancellation of the Tuesday’s second round of the Jack Brown Memorial Golf Classic hosted by Texas A&M International at the Laredo Country Club.

That area was hit by wintry weather that included temperatures in the mid-30s with misting rain. Road conditions in Central and North Texas were also deteriorating because of the wintry weather, too.

Eight of the 14 teams in the classic were from areas north of San Antonio, Texas, leading classic officials to end the event early.

The UAFS women’s team shot a 45-over par 333 during the first round and finished runner-up to Midwestern State, which shot a 22-over 310.

Freshman Anne Stiles shot an 8-over 80 and finished tied for fourth to lead the Lady Lions. Junior Molly Franks shot a 10-over 82 and finished tied for 10th, freshman Mikayla Rosser shot a 13-over 85 and finished tied for 21st and junior Taylor Arnold shot a 14-over 86 and finished tied for 23rd.

Weather conditions cancel final round

BROUSSARD, La. — The final round of the LeTriomphe Invitational has been cancelled due to unplayable course conditions caused by bad weather.

The Red Wolves finish the tournament in eighth place after recording a two-day total of 627. A-State finished one stroke behind Sam Houston State and just five strokes out of fifth place.

Megan Garland was Arkansas State’s top performer by finishing in a tie for 11th place with a 152. Maci Arrington recorded A-State’s next highest finish in a tie for 21st place by ending the two-day tournament with a total score of 154.

The Red Wolves return to action March 3-4 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C.


Harding remains at No. 6

SEARCY — The Harding women’s basketball team stayed at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday. It’s the sixth straight week Harding has been ranked in the top 10.

Harding is 21-1 on the season. The Lady Bisons defeated Northwestern Oklahoma 73-52 and Southwestern Oklahoma 89-74 last week in Great American Conference action.

Harding is the highest ranked team from the central region which is made up of the Great American Conference, the MIAA and the Northern Sun.

It was the 11th straight week Harding has been ranked.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Thursday as they travel to Arkadelphia to face Henderson State at 5:30 p.m.


Golden Suns change schedule

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech head softball coach Kristina McSweeney has announced changes to the Golden Suns’ upcoming schedule.

Tech’s previously scheduled doubleheader against Newman on Saturday has been cancelled. The Golden Suns will instead travel to Bentonville to take part in the 2014 UAM 8-State Softball Classic.

All four of the Golden Suns’ games will be played at Memorial Park in Bentonville.

Tech opens play at 11:30 a.m. on Friday against Northwest Missouri, and will play Drury at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will see the Golden Suns play at 1:30 p.m. against Central Missouri and at 3:30 p.m. against Minnesota State.

The Golden Suns’ home opener will now be played March 4 against Northeastern State.