Digest for 04-03-13


LOCAL

SWAC honors Sutterfield as Pitcher of Week

Arkansas-Pine Bluff junior Lacie Sutterfield earned the SWAC Softball Pitcher of the Week award after she posted a 3-0 record in games against Langston (Okla.) and Southern.

Sutterfield, of Coweta, Okla., had an ERA of 0.41 in 17 innings of work. Two of her three starts resulted in complete-game wins and a shutout. She allowed only one earned run, struck out eight and walked five.

SELA pulls out broom at UAPB

Southeastern Louisiana swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-4 and 11-3 Tuesday in a softball doubleheader at Torii Hunter Softball Complex.

The game was moved up to the morning due to the forecast of bad weather.

SELA established control in the first game, taking a 6-0 lead after two innings. Lacie Sutterfield (7-7) gave up six earned runs on 13 hits and struck out four in the loss.

Tiressa Jacobs batted 3 for 3 to lead UAPB (7-20)..

In the second game, SELA (22-12) scored five runs in the second and built an 11-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, when UAPB narrowly missed avoiding the mercy rule with three runs. UAPB was held to three hits.

Heather Leigh (0-9) gave up 10 runs on 14 hits and struck out two in the loss.

Boll Weevils slip past Harding

MONTICELLO — T.J. Cox’s eighth-inning home run and a go-ahead run on a passed ball in the next frame gave Arkansas-Monticello a 10-9 baseball victory over Harding on Tuesday.

The game did not count toward Great American Conference standings, although both teams play in the league.

UAM (22-14) led 7-3 through three innings, getting a solo home run from Taylor Eaves. Harding scored five runs off no hits in the sixth to take the lead, but Cox’s shot evened the score.

The Boll Weevils led off the bottom of the ninth with three straight singles. Eaves scored during Bronson Gilliam’s at-bat on a passed ball to give UAM the win.

Jeff Harvill (2-1) kept Harding off the board on just one hit in the final two innings. Danny Loya and Eaves each went 3 for 4 for UAM. Hunter Allday and Cox batted two hits apiece.

Eaves named GAC Player of the Week

MONTICELLO — UAM senior Taylor Eaves was named Great American Conference Player of the Week for his role in the Boll Weevils’ series win at East Central.

Eaves went 7 for 12 during the three games with four runs scored, four RBIs, three doubles and a home run. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.083 and his on-base percentage was .643.

NATIONAL

Southern Cal hires FGCU’s Enfield

LOS ANGELES — It didn’t take long for Andy Enfield to cash in on Florida Gulf Coast’s Sweet 16 run, as he was named the new head men’s basketball coach at Southern California on Monday.

Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this season — Enfield’s second at the school.

After winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament, the Eagles upset second-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seed San Diego State to set a school record with 26 wins. The Cinderella run ended against Florida in the round-of-16, but not before the program captured the nation’s attention with their style of play.

Tubby Smith lands at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — Tubby Smith wasn’t out of a job long.

Fired as the men’s basketball coach at Minnesota on March 25, Smith has agreed to become the new coach at Texas Tech.

Smith spent six years rebuilding a Minnesota program hit by an academic scandal and led the Golden Gophers to a record of 124-81 with a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances. The Gophers never had a losing season under Smith, but were just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished better than sixth in the conference.

— Staff and wire reports