Digest for 04-06-14


LOCAL

Hunter homers, plates five in Tigers’ win

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter provided five RBIs and the Detroit Tigers held off the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6, Saturday in the middle contest of a three-game set.

Hunter’s bases-clearing double in the third brought in three runs, while his two-run homer in the fifth helped the Tigers stay undefeated with their fourth straight win to open the season.

“I’m just trying to be relaxed up there at the plate,” said Hunter. “I just got some good pitches in the strike zone and was able to capitalize on them.”

Don Kelly went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Rick Porcello (1-0) surrendered just one run on three hits with three strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings.

Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each had two hits for Baltimore. Starter Bud Norris (0-1) was tagged for five runs on nine hits over five innings in the Orioles’ fourth straight loss.

WH baseball drops pair in Batesville tourney

BATESVILLE — The White Hall baseball team finished its tournament in Batesville with an 0-3 record after losing a pair of games on Saturday.

The Bulldogs fell to Armorel, 6-2, before getting edged out by Beebe, 10-9.

In the Beebe game, Kirk Baugh hit a grand slam for the Bulldogs (6-6). Antoine Luster finished the game with two hits, including a home run.

White Hall, which lost 12-3 to Greenbrier on Friday night, will host Hot Springs at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Weevils sweep third straight GAC series

DURANT, Okla. — The 23rd-ranked Arkansas-Monticello baseball team defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State twice on Saturday by scores of 13-2 and 4-1 to record the team’s third consecutive Great American Conference series sweep.

UAM (27-11, 17-7 GAC) used four home runs to highlight its first game victory on Saturday. The Boll Weevils plated four runs off four hits in the first inning, then went to the long ball for its next two runs, back-to-back solo shots from senior Ray Johnson and junior Bronson Gillam in the top of the third inning.

UAM went deep in back-to-back at bats again in the eighth, this time a two-run shot by senior Ben Agredano and a solo blast from Johnson, his second of the game.

Senior Kade Garlington (8-2) earned the win for his GAC-high eighth victory of the season. He allowed two runs off five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in the first seven innings.

In the second game, pitchers Austin Braddock, Kregg Snook and Jeff Harvill combined to allow only two hits in the scheduled seven-inning contest.

Braddock (3-0) earned the win after keeping Southeastern (16-19, 7-14) scoreless on just one hit in the first four innings. Snook gave up the lone Southeastern run off one hit in two innings of work, and Harvill picked up his eighth save of the year by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

UAM softball drops two against SOSU

MONTICELLO — Southeastern Oklahoma State completed a three-game Great American Conference sweep over the Arkansas-Monticello softball team by defeating the Cotton Blossoms twice on Saturday by scores of 4-2 and 18-3.

In the first game, the Savage Storm (26-10, 19-6 GAC) plated all four of its runs in the top of the sixth inning, featuring a three-run home run by Courtney Riddle.

UAM (22-20, 13-16) plated both its runs on solo home runs — sophomore Kali Piha in the bottom of the second inning and senior Channing Tharpe in the bottom of the seventh.

Junior Katie Slaughter (11-10) took the loss after giving up four runs off seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 5 2/3 innings of work. Mindy McElroy (14-4) earned the win for Southeastern and Jacee Bennett picked up her sixth save of the year by inducing a popup for the final out of the game with the potential tying run at the plate.

In the second game, Southeastern took advantage of 10 errors committed by the Blossoms for multiple runs in all but one inning of the run-rule shortened game.

NATIONAL

Yankees place Teixeira on DL

TORONTO — The New York Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Teixeira left Friday’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning with a right hamstring strain.

He suffered the injury while fielding a bouncing foul ball and left the field before being replaced by Kelly Johnson, who moved over from his spot at third. Johnson will take over as the everyday first baseman in Teixeira’s absence.

Teixeira is batting .250 (3 for 12) with two RBI in four games this year. He was limited to just 15 games last season due to a wrist injury that required surgery.

Gardenhire gets 1,000th win

CLEVELAND — Jason Kubel went 3-for-5 with two RBI to back five-plus strong innings from Kyle Gibson in the Minnesota Twins’ 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the 1,000th win of manager Ron Gardenhire’s career.

Brian Dozier added a solo home run and Trevor Plouffe and Josmil Pinto also had an RBI apiece to help Gardenhire reach the milestone and allow the Twins to avenge a 7-2 defeat in Friday’s series opener.

Gibson (1-0) yielded just a run on three hits and worked around four walks to outperform counterpart Carlos Carrasco (0-1), who was tagged for five runs — four earned — in 5 2/3 frames.

Gardenhire joins Tom Kelly as the only Twins managers to reach the 1,000-win milestone and is the first active skipper to accomplish the feat since Cleveland’s Terry Francona did so with Boston on July 23, 2011.