Digest for 2-9-13


LOCAL

Weevils rack up runs in home opener

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team pounded out 18 hits in its first home game of the 2013 season, a 19-7 victory over Northwest Missouri State on Friday at Weevils Field.

UAM (2-3) jumped to a quick lead in the first, batting all the way through the lineup, plus three, for eight runs, highlighted by a three-run triple from junior Chad Miller and three consecutive run-producing at bats from junior D’Marco Poindexter, senior Taylor Eaves and junior Tyler Caruthers.

The Boll Weevils went up 10-0 in the second on a two-RBI double from junior Stephen Martinez before the Bearcats (0-1) reached the board in the top of the third with three runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Brandon Huske.

Senior Bobby Bryan (1-1) earned the win after allowing three runs off five hits with five strikeouts and only one walk in the first six innings. Blane Ruetter (0-1) took the loss for NWMSU after a rocky start, allowing eight runs off four hits with four walks in the first inning.

Eaves went 3-for-4, Caruthers went 3-for-3 and Chad Miller went 3-for-5 for UAM. The Boll Weevils are back in action today with a doubleheader against NWMSU starting at 11 a.m. at Weevils Field.

Blossoms struggle at Southeastern Invite

DURANT, Okla. — Arkansas-Monticello lost a pair of one-run softball games Friday at the Southeastern Regional Invitational.

UAM gave up four runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 6-5 loss to Angelo State (Texas). The score was tied at 4 in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by Jennie Johnson, but Angelo State scored two more in the fourth.

Randa Perry (2-1) allowed six runs off 10 hits with three strikeouts and three walks for UAM in a complete-game effort.

In a 2-1 loss to Central Missouri, there was only one baserunner combined in the final four innings.

Katie Slaughter (1-1) allowed two runs off six hits with six K’s and one walk in seven innings. She retired the final 13 Central Missouri batters.

UAPB picked last in SWAC West baseball

Arkansas-Pine Bluff is predicted to finish fifth and last in the Western Division of SWAC baseball this season, according to a preseason poll voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

UAPB earned only 26 voting points and did not receive any first-place votes. Southern, with 85 voting points and 10 first-place votes, is the favorite in the West, followed by Prairie View (74 points and six first-place votes), Grambling (59 and 2), and Texas Southern (56 and 2).

Alabama State and Jackson State, each with 77 and 8, tied for first in the preseason poll. Alcorn State is third with 61 and 2, Mississippi Valley State fourth with 45 and 1 and Alabama A&M with 22 and 0.

UAPB begins its season next Friday with a three-game home series against North Dakota State.

NATIONAL

Reports: Paternos respond to Freeh report

The family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will release a rebuttal to the Freeh Report on Sunday, according to a letter from his widow made available by a former Penn State quarterback, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The response will be presented on the website Paterno.com at 9 a.m. EST Sunday. The Post-Gazette reported the response was commissioned by Wick Sollers of a Washington, D.C., law firm.

The Freeh Report concluded that Paterno, who died in January 2012, helped cover up for former assistant Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual assault crimes. Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former school president Graham Spanier also were implicated in the report.