Sports Digest/Community for 6-28-12


LOCAL

Hunter hits home run

Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 3 for 5 at the plate for the L.A. Angels on Wednesday in a 13-1 win over Baltimore.

One of Hunters hits was a solo home run, his 10th of the year, to put the Angels up 1-0 in the first inning. Hunter finished with two RBIs and four runs scored.

Community

UAM softball coach Alvy Early to host softball camp

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello softball coach Alvy Early will host a position and fundamental skills camp on July 10-12 at the Monticello Sports Complex on Highway 278 west of Monticello.

The camp will have individual instructions for pitching, hitting and fielding. The cost of the camp is $85 if paid in advance and $90 on the first day of camp.

Registration forms can be found at uamsports.com or call Early at 870-460-1158 for more information.

STATE

Baxendale signs pro contract with Minnesota

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitcher D.J. Baxendale has signed with the Minnesota Twins.

Baxendale, a junior, was selected by Minnesota in the 10th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He is the third Arkansas player to sign this week, joining third baseman Matt Reynolds (New York Mets) and outfielder Sam Bates (Kansas City Royals).

Baxendale went 18-9 with 10 saves and a 2.71 earned run average in his three-year career at Arkansas. He started a school record 20 games in 2012 and went 8-5 with a 3.11 ERA. It included two starts in the College World Series, where Baxendale allowed three runs on seven hits in 10 2/3 innings.

The Jacksonville native ranks eighth in school history in ERA (2.71). He is tied for sixth in appearances (68), tied for eighth in saves (10) and is ninth in strikeouts (217).

Baxendale will begin his pro career with Minnesota’s rookie league affiliate, the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins.

Joe Adams nominated for ESPY Award

FAYETTEVILLE — Wide receiver Joe Adams’ punt return touchdown against Tennessee is remembered as one of the best plays in Arkansas’ 2012 season.

Now it has a chance to be remembered as the best play in sports from the past year.

Adams’ weaving and winding 60-yard return against the Volunteers, in which he broke six tackles en route to the endzone, was nominated for an ESPY Award on Wednesday. The play is one of 16 in consideration for the year’s best. The winner will be announced during ESPN’s awards show on July 11.

Adams averaged an NCAA-best 16.9 yards a punt return with four touchdowns last season. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers..

Oku signs with ASU

JONESBORO — David Oku, the nation’s No. 1 rated all-purpose back in 2009 by Rivals.com, has signed with Arkansas State’s football team and enrolled in classes ASU coach Gus Malzahn said.

Oku played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Tennessee. As a true freshman, Oku set school records at Tennessee for both kick returns (33) and kickoff return yards (863) in a single season. He finished his two-year career with 1,175 kickoff return yards at Tennessee.

Lewis donates $100,000 to Razorback golf

FAYETTEVILLE — Former University of Arkansas and current LPGA golfer Stacy Lewis became the first female member of the Razorback Foundation’s Century circle after donating $100,000 or more.

Lewis’ gift is earmarked for expansion of the Razorback golf training facilities at Blessings.

Lewis is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour and was a major championship at the Kraft Nabisco last year. She is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

— Staff and wire reports