Digest for 03-02-14


LOCAL

Weevils sweep doubleheader

MONTICELLO — The No. 13 Arkansas-Monticello baseball team swept Henderson State in Saturday’s doubleheader with an 8-6 win in the first game and a 7-5 win in the second.

In the first game, Zach McKnight picked up his second win of the season after allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Austin Braddock led UAM (14-4, 6-3 GAC) at the plate, finishing with two hits in two trips. He also had two walks and two RBIs.

Ben Agredano was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs for the Boll Weevils.

In the second game, Kade Garlington was credited with the win after 5 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Agredano was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBis.

HSU completes series sweep

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State completed a four-game weekend series sweep of the Arkansas-Monticello softball team as the Lady Reddies won a doubleheader from the Cotton Blossoms Saturday at Dee White Field.

HSU (9-10, 5-3 GAC) began the day with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Blossoms (10-9, 3-5) and then won the finale 9-3.

In the first game, Katie Slaughter is tagged with the loss for UAM. She pitched 6 1/3 and allowed five runs (two earned) on 14 hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

Sydney Tipton led at the plate for the Blossoms. She was 2 for 4 with one run and an RBI. Lacy Blanchard was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

For HSU, Amy Halter was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

In the second game, Blanchard pitched four innings of relief and was tagged with the loss. She gave up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Kali Piha was 2 for 3 with a run scored for UAM.

OSU powers past UAPB

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State softball team swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a doubleheader Saturday at Cowgirl Stadium. The Cowgirls (12-7) won the first game 9-0 in five innings and took game two 10-0 in five innings.

Simone Freeman started the game for OSU. In four innings, she allowed one hit and struck out 10 to get her ninth victory of the season.

In the second game, Whitney Whitehorn pitched four innings, giving up two runs and striking out five.

Paige Garcia had the only hit for UAPB (1-10) in the first game.

Lacie Sutterfield went 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Shanice Murry took the loss in the second game. She worked four innings, allowing 10 runs (six earned) on 10 hits with six walks and one strikeout.

Kelsey Ridgeway went 2 for 2 at the plate for the Lady Lions.

UAPB will travel to Oxford, Miss. for a doubleheader against SEC opponent Ole Miss on Tuesday.

STATE

UALR men top ASU

LITTLE ROCK — James White scored 20 points Saturday night and Arkansas-Little Rock defeated in-state rival Arkansas State 74-67.

Ben Dillard and Mareik Isom scored 11 apiece, DeVonte Smith added 10, and UALR (14-15, 9-8 Sun Belt) ended A-State’s three-game winning streak.

Cameron Golden led Arkansas State (17-10, 9-6) with 15 points, Brandon Reed scored 13 and Kendrick Washington contributed with 11.

UALR has now won six of the last seven games against Arkansas State in the Jack Stephens Center.

In the women’s game, UALR (15-11, 10-6 Sun Belt) prevented Arkansas State (18-10, 12-4) from clinching the conference’s regular season championship with a 64-55 win Saturday night.

Jaguars sweep Razorbacks in DH

FAYETTEVILLE — After Arkansas had its most robust offensive outing of the young season on Friday, the Razorbacks barely sniffed South Alabama’s Locke St. John on Saturday.

St. John earned his first win of the season after a pair of no decisions by stifling Arkansas, 2-1, in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Baum Stadium. South Alabama took the nightcap as well, 5-2.

St. John went went 8 1/3 allowing eight hits, walking two and striking out three. St. John threw 116 pitches, including 73 for strikes.

South Alabama starter Kevin Hill was just about as good as St. John in the nightcap on Saturday, beating the Razorbacks to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Except for Spoon’s two-run triple off the wall in right center in the fifth inning, Hill throttled the Razorbacks.

Hill went eight innings, struck out five and threw 72 of his 126 pitches for strikes.

Arkansas left 17 runners on combined in the doubleheader.