Digest for 03-31-13


LOCAL

Southern-UAPB softball game postponed

Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s softball game against Southern in Fordyce was rained out Saturday.

A makeup date has not been set.

UAM takes series from East Central

ADA, Okla. — Arkansas-Monticello rebounded from a 10-9 defeat to East Central in the first game of a baseball doubleheader to win 5-2 and take the series two games to one.

In the first game, UAM took a 7-4 lead in the top of the sixth on a three-run home run by Taylor Eaves and made it 9-4 in the seventh on a two-run Chad Miller shot. East Central scored six unanswered runs, including a two-run pinch-hit single by Ethan Gold to take the lead.

Brent Noble (4-2) suffered the loss for UAM (21-14, 11-10 GAC).

In the second game, Logan Johnson (2-0) tossed his second consecutive complete game of the season, allowing two runs off four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Ray Johnson hit a two-run home for UAM in the fifth inning.

STATE

Red Wolves hold first full-contact scrimmage

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State football team used part of its seventh spring practice to hold its first full-contact scrimmage under new head coach Bryan Harsin, running approximately 85 plays in rainy weather conditions to end Saturday’s workout.

The Red Wolves used three primary personnel groupings, putting each one in various situations that included drives starting at the offense’s own 40- and 30-yard lines and red zone and goal line scenarios. The offense scored five touchdowns, including four rushing scores by sophomore running back Michael Gordon, and finished with over 250 yards total offense. Gordon led the Red Wolves’ rushing attack with 113 yards, while junior quarterback Chandler Rogers completed 6-of-6 attempts for 44 yards to pace the passing game.

The defense didn’t allow a first down over three of the first four drives, gave up just two scores in the red zone segment and ended the day with 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and three fumble recoveries.

NATIONAL

Former Alabama AD dies

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, 73, died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center, the University of Alabama announced.

Moore had been hospitalized for approximately three weeks due to a pulmonary condition and recently stepped down as AD after 14 years. He played football at Alabama from 1958-62 and was an assistant coach at Alabama and Notre Dame and in the NFL before becoming AD.

As a player, coach and AD, he has been a part of 10 national football championships at Alabama, including three in the past four seasons.

Williams turns back Sharapova in Sony final

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — World No. 1 Serena Williams continued her head-to-head dominance with Maria Sharapova, capturing her record sixth Sony Open title by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park on a sun-splashed afternoon. Williams claimed the final 10 games en route to her 48th career title. She won this event three consecutive years from 2002-04 and captured back-to-back championships in 2007 and ‘08.

Haas, Cink share Houston Open lead

HUMBLE, Texas — Bill Haas and Stewart Cink moved into a tie for the lead Saturday after three rounds of the Houston Open. Haas carded a 5-under 67, while Cink posted a 4-under 68. They finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 205. — Staff and wire reports