Digest For 2-26-13


LOCAL

Forge earns third player of the week honor

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior guard Kori Forge has been named the Great American Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season after leading Arkansas-Monticello to wins over Arkansas Tech and Harding.

Forge averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in a 51-50 win over Arkansas Tech and a 78-61 win over Harding last week, both teams ahead of the Boll Weevils (16-8, 11-7 GAC) in the GAC standings at the time of the contest.

Forge leads the GAC with a total of 483 points for an average of 20.1 points per game.

The Boll Weevils will play at Southern Arkansas on Thursday.

UAM finishes off SNU for 4-0 start

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team rallied back from a 6-1 deficit to defeat Southern Nazarene 9-7 in game on before pounding out nine hits and drawing nine walks in a 15-2 win in the second game to complete the four-game sweep over the Crimson Storm on the opening weekend of Great American Conference play.

UAM (14-6, 4-0 GAC) opened the series on Saturday with 2-1 and 2-0 victories over SNU (6-8, 0-4 GAC).

In addition to her 2-for-4, four-RBI performance at the plate, Randa Perry (6-4) also recorded a complete-game victory in the circle, allowing seven runs (six earned) off 13 hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Maci-Brooke Lambert (4-4) took the loss for SNU, allowing seven runs (six earned) off eight hits in the first five innings.

Sophomore starter Katie Slaughter (6-1) tossed a gem, setting down SNU in order in four of her five innings of work, allowing just two runs off four hits. Slaughter struck out the side in the top of the fifth to give UAM its third run-rule victory of the season.

UAM will travel to Northwestern Oklahoma State this weekend for a four-game GAC series.

Weevils split with SWOSU

WEATHERFORD, Okla — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team posted a 8-6, 12-inning victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Sunday before losing 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 series win.

UAM (9-5, 4-2 GAC) scored two runs in the top of the 12 inning of the first game, using an RBI single from senior Hunter Allday and a fielding error from the SWOSU shortstop to earn the victory.

Senior Eddie Smith (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts and no walks in the final 2.1 innings.

UAM returns home today to face Delta State beginning at 1 p.m. at Weevils Field.

STATE

Poche named SEC freshman of the week

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitcher Colin Poche was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the week on Monday.

Poche, a left-hander from Flower Mound, Texas, threw 7 1/3 shutout innings and struck out seven batters in a pair of wins for the Razorbacks. He pitched five innings in a Tuesday start against New Orleans and recorded 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen against Evansville on Sunday.

Williams’ 15 not enough Sunday

FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Quistelle Williams dropped in 15 points leading Arkansas in a near miss as they fell, 54-60, to Tennessee in Southeastern Conference action in Bud Walton Arena Sunday.

Arkansas (17-10, 5-9 SEC) held a nine-point lead at the break but a second half run by the Lady Vols (22-5, 13-1 SEC) allowed Tennessee to escape with the win.

The Razorbacks finished the game shooting 24-65 for 36.9 percent but Arkansas struggled to get to the line, going 2-for-4 for the game. Tennessee was 17-22 from the line and it was the difference in the game.

Williams was the only player in double figures for Arkansas. Junior Keria Peak had nine points and Jhasmin Bowen, Berna and Sarah Watkins finished with eight points each.

Berna added nine assists and Arkansas had nine steals in the loss. Arkansas scored 28 points in the paint and got 14 points from the bench but Tennessee out-rebounded the Razorbacks, 46-33.