Digest for 06-12-13


LOCAL

Green sinks hole-in-one

Anthony Green shot a hole-in-one on Saturday using a 9-iron on the No. 5 hole at the Jaycee Golf Course in Pine Bluff. It was witnessed by Joe Blanks, Larnell Davis, Justin Moring and Tony Washington.

STATE

Morris, Daniel sign pro contracts

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas outfielder Jacob Morris and relief pitcher Trent Daniel signed professional baseball contracts Tuesday.

Morris, a junior, signed with the Chicago White Sox after being selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week. Daniel, a senior, signed with the Colorado Rockies after being selected in the 17th round.

It means three of the 11 Arkansas players drafted have signed pro contracts. Pitcher Barrett Astin signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

“Unreal feeling when a childhood dream comes true,” Daniel posted on his Twitter page Tuesday afternoon. “Just signed my Pro contract with the Colorado Rockies. Anxious to see what my next chapter in life brings. Thanks to everyone who has been there for me and made this possible!”

Daniel went 0-1 with a 2.55 earned run average in 22 appearances in 2013. He finished his Arkansas career with a 4-1 record with six saves and a 3.51 ERA. The left-hander made 69 career appearances, which ranks eighth in school history.

Daniel said on his Twitter page he’ll begin his pro career with the Tri-City Dust Devils in Washington. Tri-City is Chicago’s short season Single A team.

Morris, meanwhile, leaves Arkansas after hitting .160 with 14 RBI in 41 games last season. The outfielder finished second on the team in stolen bases with eight and was a valuable defensive player during his three seasons on the field.

Morris played in 116 games with 96 starts during his Razorbacks career. He logged a .202 career batting average with three home runs and 42 RBI.

“Just signed with the Chicago White Sox! Excited for the future. Not bad for my first job ever,” Morris posted on his Twitter page Tuesday night.

Arkansas hires new tennis coach

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has hired former Florida and Mississippi State coach Andy Jackson to lead its men’s tennis program.

Jackson, 51, comes to Arkansas after spending 11 years (2002-12) with the Gators, where he resigned after the 2012 season. He also has coached both the men’s (1989-2001) and women’s (1985-89) programs at Mississippi State.

Jackson — who is 496-234 in his coaching career — has guided his teams into the NCAA Tournament for 22 straight seasons

Jackson replaces Robert Cox, who stepped last month after leading the Arkansas tennis program for 26 years.

He won two Southeastern Conference championships while at Florida (2003, 2005), one at Mississippi State (1993) and has led teams to the NCAA Tournament semifinals three times (Mississippi State in 1994, 1998; Florida in 2005).

Jackson is an Oneida, Kent., native. He graduated from Kentucky, where he also lettered twice for the Wildcats’ tennis team.