Digest for 03-05-13


LOCAL

Ark. Baptist hosting double-header at Taylor Field

Arkansas Baptist College will host Coahoma Community College (Coahoma County, Miss.) today in a double-header at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff beginning at 1 p.m.

Arkansas Baptist sophomore Deion Smith and freshman Addison Grandy are natives of Pine Bluff. Lady Lions’ SWAC tourney date set

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has earned the seventh seed in the upcoming SWAC women’s basketball tournament and will play 10th-seed Alcorn State in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. March 12.

The SWAC men’s and women’s tournaments will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, with automatic NCAA tournament bids awarded to the champions.

The winner of UAPB’s first game will play second-seed Southern at 3 p.m. March 13. The semifinals are March 15, and the championship game will be at noon March 16, with a taped broadcast at 8 a.m. March 17 on ESPNU.

The men’s tournament times also were set, with UAPB, Mississippi Valley State and Texas Southern banned from the postseason. UAPB, which tied Southern for second place in the regular season, is hoping to get its ban overturned.

Grand slam puts away Woodlawn

WOODLAWN — Smackover scored a run and then launched a grand slam in the 10th inning, going on to beat Woodlawn 8-3 in nonconference baseball Monday.

The game was tied at 2 after seven innings. Each team scored a run in the ninth.

Brett Boyd and Jacob Richardson had two hits each to lead Woodlawn. Six Woodlawn pitchers took the mound, but Trey Chapman suffered the loss.

Woodlawn will play either Gurdon or Jessieville at 4 p.m. today in a tournament at Poyen.

Ridgway run-rules St. Joseph

The Ridgway baseball team opened their season with a 10-0 win in five innings over St. Joseph at Seabrook Park Monday night.

Ridgway scored four runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. Ridgway (1-0) will play at Gospel Light on Friday.

Freshman Cody Andersen pitched five inning, struck out 10, walked one and gave up one hit. He also had one of Ridgway’s three hits.

Jacob Andersen had a hit and Blake Pennington had a hit.

Ridgway’s game against Lifeway, which was scheduled for March 1, has been moved to March 28.

Former Boll Weevil signs with Jets

NEW YORK — Former Arkansas-Monticello defensive back Eric Crocker has signed to play for the NFL’s New York Jets.

Crocker joins the Jets after playing 18 games for the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League during the 2012 season. Crocker recorded 70.5 total tackles, including 60 solo tackles and an assisted tackle for a loss. He also had three interceptions, 13 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Blossoms draw another split with Gorillas

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team responded from a 10-1 loss in the first game on Sunday to defeat Pitt State 7-1 in the second game to record the double-header split as well as split the four-game weekend series with the Gorillas.

Pitt State (4-4) picked up right where they left off from Saturday by racking up 10 runs off 14 hits in the first game on Sunday.

UAM (16-8) scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI infield sacrifice fly out from sophomore Sara Matthews to score junior Summer Huddleston.

The Cotton Blossoms are back in action next weekend on the road in Ada, Okla. for a four-game Great American Conference series against East Central University.

STATE

Watkins has 22 in Arkansas win

FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Sarah Watkins scored a game-high 22 points leading the Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 93-52 win over Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference final in Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.

Watkins and the Razorbacks shot a season-best 60 percent going 36-60 from the floor and hit a season-best 12 three pointers, just one shy of the school record. The 41-point win is a program-best against and SEC team.

Nine players scored for Arkansas and four were in double figures led by Watkins. Quistelle Williams had 16 and Erin Gatling and Dominique Wilson had 13 each for Arkansas.