After 22 games, the Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team will finally play its first conference game when the Lady Lions take part in the SWAC Round-Up.
The tournament starts on Friday and runs through Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., giving UAPB (2-20) at least three conference games.
The SWAC Round-Up is like the non-conference tournaments the Lady Lions have played this year, except with conference teams and the games count on each team’s conference record.
Each team is seeded based on its record and based on the draws, UAPB’s first game is against Alabama State.
UAPB coach Crystal Bowers said her team is prepared for Alabama State
“We know that they are a strong team,” she said. “Hopefully we can come out there as an underdog and put the fear of God in them.”
The Lady Lions were suppose to play a double-header against Murray State on Wednesday, but the game was canceled due to rain.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is on spring break, but the softball team has been using that time for practice to get ready for the SWAC Round-up.
“We’ve been working on everything possible,” Bowers said. “Tightening up areas that need tightening and working on the weaknesses.”
Bowers said the main motivation factor for the team is finally playing a conference game.
“They want to know what they look like against teams in the conference,” she said. “We are ready and alert. We just want to get there and see what we look like in conference.”
TRACK AND FIELD
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff track and field team will compete in its first meet since the SWAC Indoor Championship on March 2-3.
UAPB will participate in the Bobby Lane Invitation on Friday and Saturday at the University of Texas-Arlington.
UAPB coach Chris McCoy said he is looking forward to the meet this weekend.
“It’s our first time competing there, and it’s a great meet from what I have heard,” he said. “It’s a good meet to start the season to see how we start. I think this is going to be a good opener and they have been training really well.”
The meet is the first of six for UAPB before the SWAC Outdoor Championship on May 4-6 in New Orleans.
UAPB has 16 women and 15 men on the roster for the outdoor season. The men are led by Terron Armstead, who was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the indoor championship after winning the shot put and weight throw.
Jerren White returns after finishing third in the javelin at the conference outdoor championship last year. He will be joined by Eric Thomas, who will also throw the discus.
For the women, Ninfa Bernard will compete in the 1,500-meter run, Alisa Johnson will run the 800 and Jalisa Liddle is in the triple jump.
CONWAY — Central Arkansas swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-0 on March 15 in women’s tennis action.
UCA swept through the doubles competition, winning 8-1, 8-3 and 8-4.
In singles action, Marla Cabane lost 6-2 and 7-6 (10-5) in No. 5 singles. Fabiola Cardoso and Martha Villacis both lost 6-4, 6-2, Lauren Valecillos fell 6-1, 6-0 and Monica Arcos and Jarissa Greenard each lost in straight sets.
The UAPB men’s and women’s team compete on Tuesday at Harding University.