Digest for 03-23-14


LOCAL

UAPB earns first conference win

LONGVIEW, Texas — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team won its first conference game of the season thanks to a 18-15 win over Alcorn State Saturday morning in the first of a two-game day for the Lady Lions.

UAPB (4-21, 1-2 SWAC) scored four runs in the first, seven in the third, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Alcorn State scored three runs in the first, seven in the second, on in the fourth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Alexsis McCain is credited with the win for the Lady Lions. She pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, and allowed seven runs (all earned) on six hits with two walks and no strikeouts.

Kelsey Ridgeway finished 3 for 4 with two runs and 7 RBIs and Jasmine Hardwrick went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

In the second game of the day, Alabama State defeated UAPB 10-3.

McCain took the loss after lasting just 2 1/3 innings. She gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

Delya Jackson, Paige Garcia, Tiressa Jacobs, Hardwrick and Ridgeway all had hits for UAPB.

On Friday, UAPB lost 8-3 to Mississippi Valley State in the first game of the SWAC Roundup.

UAPB will face Alabama A&M today at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 3 p.m.

UAM splits with Harding

SEARCY — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team used a five-run inning to defeat Harding 7-1 in the second game of a doubleheader split with the Lady Bisons on Saturday.

Harding won the first game 4-3 to win the series three games to one.

Sophomore Kali Piha sparked UAM’s offense with a grand slam homerun as a part of a five-run fifth inning in the second game. Freshman McKenzie Rice started the rally with an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Junior Katie Slaughter (9-7) earned the complete-game victory, giving up just one run off nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

In the second game, Senior Courtney Wilson (10-6) took the loss after giving up four runs off 12 hits in a complete-game effort.

Woodlawn sweeps in tournament

LITTLE ROCK — The Woodlawn baseball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday, knocking off Walnut Ridge 14-0 and tournament host Arkansas Baptist 11-1.

Against Walnut Ridge, junior Taylor Stitt threw a no-hitter, allowing just one walk with five strikeouts. He was also 2 for 3 at the plate.

Jayden Fultz was 2 for 2 and J.P. Aiken was 2 for 3. Trey Chapman and Colton Williams were 2 for 4 each.

Colby Ferguson and Jacob Richardson had two RBIs each.

In the second game, Aiken is credited with the win after allowing just one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

He also went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Williams led the way offensive, finishing the second game 3 for 4 with a solo home run and two RBIs.

Caleb Holleman was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Stitt was 2 for 2.

Woodlawn (10-1) will play North Plainfield Illinois at Norphlet at 2 p.m on Tuesday.

REGIONAL

Conley leads Grizzlies over Pacers

MEMPHIS — Mike Conley scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers 82-71 on Saturday.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 13 points off the bench and Marc Gasol played through a Grade 1 ankle sprain to donate 10 points and nine boards.

The Grizzlies held Indiana to 27-of-74 (36.5 percent) shooting, snapping their three-game losing streak in the series.

Lance Stephenson tallied 15 points and eight rebounds and David West scored 10 for the Pacers, winners in five of six entering the contest.

NATIONAL

Scott’s lead down to 3 at Bay Hill

ORLANDO — Adam Scott cooled off after two hot rounds, shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday but keeping his spot atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Scott ended 54 holes at 15-under-par 201. He’ll take a 3-shot lead into the final round after leading by seven entering Saturday.

The reigning Masters champion has won six of the previous nine times he’s had at least a piece of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.