Digest for 06-16-13


Clarifications

In softball, Sydnee Clark of White Hall is the Southeast Arkansas Pitcher of the Year, and Rachel Box of White Hall is the Southeast Arkansas Hitter of the Year. The caption in a related story in Saturday’s issue did not clearly identify the honors for both.

Zack House, a pitcher and shortstop from Star City, has been named to the East roster for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball games, which will be held Tuesday at the University of Central Arkansas. He was inadvertently left off previous stories about the All-Star games.

LOCAL

Wingstop takes first two at Coca-Cola Classic

CAMDEN — Matthew Miller went 2 for 3 at the plate and combined with Nic Anderson to strike out six and allow four hits in Wingstop’s 7-6 victory over Arkansas Pulpwood of Camden on Friday in the Coca-Cola Classic.

On Saturday, Wingstop took a 3-2 win over the Texarkana Razorbacks. Zach Bradford struck out five in the win, and Paul DeWalt went 2 for 3 to lead Wingstop.

STATE

Suggs signs with Marlins

Former Arkansas pitcher Colby Suggs has signed with the Miami Marlins.

The organization drafted Suggs in the second round with the 73rd overall pick. He reportedly received a $600,000 signing bonus, according to Baseball America. The number was below the recommended slot value of $759,200 for the 73rd pick.

Suggs moves on to pro baseball after leading Arkansas with 13 saves in 2013, which set the school’s single-season record. He appeared in 23 games and had a 1.74 ERA.

The Sulphur Springs, Texas, native went 9-2 with 13 saves and a 1.36 ERA in 65 appearances as a Razorback. He finished fifth on Arkansas’ career saves list.

He was among 11 Arkansas players drafted. Pitcher Ryne Stanek, the 29th overall pick in the draft, has not yet signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.

UA assistant reportedly named Wichita State coach

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas associate head coach Todd Butler will be named head coach at Wichita State, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The newspaper cited a source as saying Butler will be announced as the Shockers’ coach “within the next day or two” on Saturday afternoon. Butler and Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn could not be reached for comment about the report.

Wichita State has been searching for a replacement for legendary coach Gene Stephenson, who resigned earlier this month after 36 years with the program.

Stephenson’s final game at Wichita State came in a 3-1 loss to Arkansas in the Manhattan (Kan.) Regional earlier this month.

NATIONAL

Rays’ Cobb takes line drive to head

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb left Saturday’s game with the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning after he was struck in the head with a line drive.

With no outs in the top of the fifth, Cobb delivered a 2-1 fastball to Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Hosmer ripped the pitch back up the middle, catching Cobb squarely on the right side of his head.

Cobb immediately grabbed his head and fell to the ground, where he remained for several minutes as he was tended to by the Tampa Bay training staff before being eventually removed from the field on a stretcher.

The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and walked three over 4 1/3 innings prior to exiting.

— Staff and wire reports