Digest for 03-09-14


COMMUNITY

PBPD offers baseball/softball camp

A baseball/softball camp organized by the Pine Bluff Police Department will be held from March 24-28 at Regional Park.

The camp will be held daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Boys and girls ages 6-15 can participate.

Registration deadline is March 19. The fee is $10 ($15 for late registration).

The camp is sponsored by the city of Pine Bluff, PBPD and Sissy’s Log Cabin. For information, call the public relations department at 730-2088 or Sgt. D. Williams at 730-2071.

LOCAL

Two holes-in-one at Jaycee

Alton Wood and Abel White used pitching wedges on the par-3 seventh hole for an ace Friday at Jaycee Golf Course.

Dean Rasor and Danny Walter witnessed the aces. Wood and White played in the same group.

Lions sweep doubleheader with Southern

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball team swept a road doubleheader with Southern on Saturday to improve to 3-1 in SWAC play.

The Lions won the opener 5-2 and the nightcap 8-6.

UAPB (3-10) won the second game despite a rough outing by starting pitcher Mikey Ramirez, who gave up five runs (all earned) on 12 hits with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

The Lions were down 5-1 entering the top of the sixth but scored one in the frame, two in the seventh, one in the eighth and three in the ninth to take the lead. The Leopards (2-7, 0-2) scored one in the ninth to set the final margin.

Samuel Olson picked up the win. He threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts.

Andre Davis led the offensive attack with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Jordan Hass had a hit, one run and three RBIs.

Weevils drop first GAC series

ARKADELPHIA — The 11th-ranked Arkansas-Monticello baseball team split with Ouachita Baptist on Saturday in Arkadelphia, losing the first game 6-0 before taking the second game 4-1.

In the first game, UAM (15-7, 7-5 Great American Conference) was limited to four hits as OBU starter Luis DeJesus (3-2) went the distance, keeping UAM scoreless while striking out eight and walking two in nine innings of work. The Boll Weevils reached second base only once. The game one loss gave OBU the series victory, marking UAM’s first series loss so far this season.

Sophomore Zach McKnight (2-1) took the loss after giving up three runs off six hits with two strikeouts and three walks in the first 4.1 innings.

In the second game, UAM rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Senior Kade Garlington (4-2) earned the win after giving up one run off five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in the first six innings of the scheduled seven-inning game. Senior Jeff Harvill picked up his fifth save of the season by striking out three in the bottom of the seventh. OBU’s Craig Daniel (0-3) took the loss after giving up four runs off six hits in the first four innings.

The Weevils have added a doubleheader at Drury University on Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. in Springfield, Mo. The road doubleheader against LeMoyne-Owen College has been cancelled.

UAPB softball splits with NC A&T

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team went 1-1 in the second day of the Tiger Invitational at Tennessee State.

North Carolina A&T won the first game 10-7, while UAPB won the second 4-1.

In the opener, both teams scored one run in the third, two runs in the fourth, four runs in the fifth. The difference was NC A&T scoring once in the second and twice in the sixth.

In the second game, NC A&T (5-9) scored once in the bottom of the first but would not score again. UAPB (3-14) scored three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to earn the comeback win.

Lacie Sutterfield (3-7) earned the complete-game victory after allowing just the one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Tiressa Jacobs led UAPB with five total hits (two in the second game).

Blossoms pitch pair of shutouts

MONTICELLO — In its first home games since the first day of February, the Arkansas-Monticello softball team snapped a five-game losing skid with a pair of shutout victories of Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, winning the first game 5-0 and the second game 8-0 in five innings.

In the first game, junior hurler Katie Slaughter (6-4) allowed two hits with four strikeouts and one walk in her seven-innings of work, marking her second shutout victory of the season. In game two, senior Courtney Wilson (6-4) picked up her third shutout of the season and only allowed two hits as the Cotton Blossoms supported her with eight runs off 10 hits in the run-rule win.

In game one, the Blossoms (12-9, 5-5 Great American Conference) opened the scoring with a two-run single by senior Hannah Pendley in the bottom of the second before going to the long ball for the final three runs. Junior Lacy Blanchard went deep to right center in the fourth for a solo shot, followed the next inning by a two-run blast down the left-field line by junior Sydney Tipton.

Tipton opened the scoring in the second game with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. UAM scored four in the second, highlighted by a three-run double by senior Beth Johnson.

Abbi Frakes (4-4) took the loss for OBU (7-13, 3-7) in the first game, allowing five runs off eight hits in a complete-game effort. Shelby McWhorter (1-4) took the loss in the second game after giving up eight runs off nine hits in the first 2.1 innings.

The two squads wrap up the four-game series on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Blossoms Field.

STATE

Razorbacks down Green Wave

BERKELEY, Calif. — The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (8-3) blanked Tulane (9-4) 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond on the campus of the University of California during the second day of the Cal Baseball Classic.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Jackson (1-0) earned the win after a career-long, 3.2-inning outing in relief. The Berryhill, Okla., native struck out two while allowing three hits and no runs. Jackson has thrown 12.1 innings this season over four appearances without allowing an earned run.

Junior right hander Jacob Stone earned his first save as a Razorback. Stone finished the final 2.1 innings after being called from the bullpen with two runners on and two outs in the seventh inning. Left-handed pitcher Colin Poché made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit in 3.0 shutout innings.

Junior Joe Serrano drove in three of Arkansas’ runs. The Tucson, Ariz., native knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning and added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Michael Bernal scored two runs, and Jake Wise scored a run and led the Razorbacks with two hits during the game.

Arkansas wraps up the Cal Baseball Classic schedule Sunday with a doubleheader against host Cal. Game one begins at 3 p.m. CT.

REGIONAL

Grizzlies clip Bobcats

MEMPHIS — Mike Conley scored 20 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 111-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.

Zach Randolph contributed 16 points with seven rebounds, while Marc Gasol notched 14 points and nine rebounds in Memphis’ sixth straight home win. Kosta Koufos deposited a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double for the home team.

Al Jefferson scored 17 points on just 7-of-17 shooting to lead Charlotte, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Chris Douglas-Roberts tallied 15 points and Kemba Walker added 11 in the setback.

NATIONAL

Reed grabs 2-shot lead at Doral; Woods lurking

MIAMI — Patrick Reed carded a 3-under 69 on Saturday to move two strokes clear of the field after three rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Reed, who won the Humana Challenge earlier this year, finished 54 holes at 4- under-par 212. This is the third time he has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, and Reed has gone on to win the first two times he was in that position.

Jason Dufner posted a 4-under 68 to move into a share of second place at minus-2. He was joined there by Hunter Mahan (71), who is a two-time World Golf Championship winner.

Defending champion Tiger Woods fired Saturday’s low round of the day with his 6-under 66. That helped him jump 21 places into a tie for fourth at 1- under 215. He stands alongside Jamie Donaldson, who managed a 71 in round three at Doral.