A-State has second day of spring practices

JONESBORO — Working through the early stages of its 2014 spring camp, the Arkansas State football team was back on the Centennial Bank Stadium field Tuesday in shorts and helmets for the second consecutive day.

The Red Wolves went through numerous individual, position and team drills, focusing on all three phases of the game. The practice included special teams work and ended with several team periods. The workout was one of four scheduled for this week, which will be used to set a foundation for the rest of spring camp according to Anderson.

The team will hold its third practice Thursday in helmets and shoulder pads before putting on full pads Friday for the final practice before Arkansas State University’s spring-break week. Every spring practice, with the exception of the Spring Game on April 18 at 4 p.m.


Hendrix sweeps Ozarks

CONWAY — The Hendrix College softball team swept the University of the Ozarks in a double-header at Warrior Field on Tuesday night. The Warriors (9-7) won the first game 5-3, then defeated the Lady Eagles (2-18) 9-3 in the nightcap.

In game one, Michaela Larabee had two hits and Tiffany Hubbard had a pair of doubles, a stolen base and scored twice. Shelby Anderson hit the home run and had two runs as well.

Center fielder Molly Bowman had two hits for Ozarks.

Hendrix led 5-0 in the fourth before Ozarks got on the board.

Sophomore Kayla Patton (6-4) earned the win, allowing six hits, three unearned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Haley McKee (2-8) gave up eight hits, four earned runs and three walks.

In game two, Hendrix led 6-0 when Ozarks added two runs in the fourth. The Warriors answered back in the bottom of the frame and added another run in the sixth.

Right fielder Bailey Hames came up with a RBI-single in the seventh for the Lady Eagles.

Hendrix outhit Ozarks 13-11 in game two. Anderson tied the Warrior game record with three doubles in the game, to go with three RBI and a run scored. Gibbs, Ozersky, Fires and Sandidge each had two hits.

Gray went 3-for-4 for Ozarks.

Freshman Hope Resor (2-2) earned the win, giving up three runs, a walk and two strikeouts. Tabitha McClane (0-6) allowed 10 hits and six earned runs over four innings in the loss.

Hendrix will be off until Mar. 25 when they host Nebraska Wesleyan.


Eagles top Warriors

CONWAY — The Hendrix College baseball team lost 7-5 to the University of the Ozarks at Warrior Field on Tuesday night.

The Warriors (8-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first when senior center fielder Collin Radack led off with a double, moved to third on a Ryan Ritz ground out and scored on a base hit from junior right fielder Matt Simmons.

Two hits and two errors led to a pair of runs in the third, giving Hendrix a 3-0 advantage. Left fielder Wyatt Hogan and senior Thomas Weber both drove in runs during the inning.

The Eagles (7-10) took advantage of two hits and an error to gain a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. They also added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to go up 7-3.

The Warriors added two runs in the bottom of the ninth when junior second baseman Brady Newville was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Radack had an infield single, scoring Weber.

Radack went 3-for-6 with two steals, two runs, a RBI and a double to lead Hendrix at the plate. Weber and junior catcher Seth Mobley also had two hits.

Second baseman Taylor Parker led Ozarks by going 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a double.

Andrew Beck (1-1) earned the win for the Eagles, giving up eight hits, two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts over five innings. Freddy Prince struck out three and allowed one hit to earn the save. Freshman lefty starter Colten Poellinger (0-1) took the loss, giving up three hits, four runs and four walks with one strikeout.

Hendrix will host Millsaps in a double-header on Saturday.

Bears blast Golden Lions

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears overcame an early 3-0 deficit by scoring 10 consecutive runs Tuesday night in taking an 18-12 victory over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at Bear Stadium.

The Golden Lions scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning but then saw the Bears post five runs in the second inning to take the lead for good. From the second through the sixth innings, UCA scored 18 runs and piled up 18 hits. After trailing 18-4, the Golden Lions (7-12) piled up eight runs on just three hits in the top of the eighth inning before UCA reliever Bo Stitch finally got the Bears out of the inning with the final out on a foul out.

UCA senior center fielder Doug Votolato led the Bears’ 15-hit attack, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Senior shortstop Justin Treece was also 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Catch Brandon Montalvo was 3 for 3 and scored twice and knocked in two runs.

The Bears (10-8) scored 18 runs in 36 official at-bats, taking advantage of nine walks and seven hit batters. Second baseman Chris Townsend had a three-run single in a five-run second inning for the Bears, and Treece capped a five-run fifth with a two-run double down the left-field line.

Tyler Langley, Scott Zimmerle and Brad Dillenberger all added two RBI for the Bears, who host Southland Conference preseason favorite Sam Houston State in a weekend series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

UCA junior Josh Markel (1-0) pitched a scoreless three innings in relief to pick up the victory. UAPB starter Sam Olson (1-1) took the loss, allowing five runs and walking four in 2.0 innings. The Bears and Golden Lions will meet again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

Weevils gain road win at Union

JACKSON, Tenn. — The 28th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team used three runs batted in from senior Alex Lang topick up a 3-1 road victory over Union University on Tuesday.

Lang went 1-for-3 at the plate in Tuesday’s win with a sacrifice fly to left in the top of the fifth inning to force a 1-all tie. Then in the seventh, following back-to-back two-out singles from senior Justin Hollis and sophomore Evan Comeau, Lang drove both of them in with a single to left to finalize the scoring.

Union (5-17) out hit UAM (18-10) 9-6, but left 11 runners on base, including bases loaded on two occasions. Senior Ray Johnson went 2-for-4 for UAM’s only multi-hit performance in the win.

Junior Josh Mingura (2-1) earned the win after allowing just one run off seven hits in the first six innings. Sophomore Gavin Johnston picked up his firstcareer save after retiring the final two batters of the contest, including a strikeout.

The Weevils return home for the first time in over two weeks for a three-game Great American Conference series against No. 30 Harding this Friday and Saturday at Weevils Field.



A-State finish sixth at Jackrabbit Invitational

PRIMM, Nev. — Abi Laker collected her second consecutive top-15 individual finish to lead the Arkansas State women’s golf team to a sixth-place showing among 16 teams at the two-day Jackrabbit Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at the Primm Valley Golf Club.

The Red Wolves shot a combined 54-hole 960, including a final-round 332. Fueled by a second-round 310, its best score of the tournament, A-State finished Monday’s play in third place before falling three spots in the final standings Tuesday. Arkansas State recorded a 318 for the opening round that put it in sixth-place initially as well.

A-State finished nine strokes behind third-place Winthrop, while Oral Roberts claimed the championship with a 934 and Grand Canyon University runner-up honors with a 946.

Laker, who turned in a combined 236, finished tied for ninth place to lead the Red Wolves. She posted a low score of 77 in the second round, which was preceded by her 78 and followed by her 81. She picked up her best finish since tying for eighth Oct. 14-15 at the Lady Red Wolf Classic, while also collecting her third top-10 and fifth top-25 showing of the season.

Megan Garland ended the tournament tied for 20th place and has now finished among the top-25 individuals in all seven tournaments played this season. She shot a combined 240 (80-74-86), which included a 74 for the second 18 holes that was the lowest single-round score of the season.

Also competing for the Red Wolves, Marie Couffignal, Maci Arrington and Courtney Manning.

Arkansas State returns to action March 24-25 at the UALR Trojan Intercollegiate in Hot Springs.


A-State finishes seventh at invitational

PRIMM, Nev. — The Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 313 Tuesday at the Jackrabbit Invitational, completing the two-day tournament at the Primm Valley Golf Club in seventh place among 15 teams with a combined 907.

The Red Wolves recorded a 302 and 292 for the first and second rounds, respectively, to finish Monday’s competition tied for fifth place. A-State was in eighth place after the opening 18 holes, but posted their best score this spring the next round to climb three places in the standings.

A-State fell two spots in the standings with their final-round score, finishing seven strokes behind sixth-place Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. UNLV claimed the tournament championship with an 845, while Utah Valley was runner-up with an 865 and Oral Roberts finished third with an 887.

Easton Key finished tied for 12th place with a combined 220 (73-71—76), including a low score of 71 in the second round, to lead the Red Wolves. Joining Key among the top-25 finishers was Chance Holden, who placed tied for 23rd with a 225 (76-70—79). Also competing for the Red Wolves, Landon Hearnes, Seth Garner and Alex Hewitt.

Arkansas State returns to action March 24-25 at the UALR Trojan Intercollegiate in Little Rock.