Digest for 04-17-14


CLARIFICATION

In Tuesday’s loss to Benton, Kacy Higgins hit a home run over the left field wall in the first inning to give the Pine Bluff Zebras a 2-0 lead. It was the first home run of the season for Higgins — who finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

LOCAL

Blossoms wrap up nonconference with split

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team split its final nonconference games of the season by recording a 3-1 win and a 6-3 loss against Delta State on Wednesday.

Senior Courtney Wilson earned the complete-game victory in Game 1, allowing one run off five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

In the second game, junior Katie Slaughter took the loss after giving up six runs off 10 hits in the first four innings.

UAM (26-24) will close out the regular season on April 25 with a four-game series against Northwestern Oklahoma State at home.

Harding baseball tramples UAM

SEARCY — Harding scored at least one run in every inning and tallied 14 hits as the Bison defeated Arkansas-Monticello 13-3 in seven innings Wednesday afternoon.

Harding scored one run in the first, three in the second, five in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

UAM (31-12) scored two in the third and one in the fourth. The Boll Weevils managed 12 hits.

Corey Wood led UAM with three hits in three trips and an RBI. Bronson Gillam was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Tyler Caruthers and Evan Comeau tallied two hits each.

Erin McCarver finished 2 for 4 with two runs and four RBIs to lead Harding’s offense. Trent Woolridge was 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs.

Zach McKnight took the loss after allowing four runs (all earned) on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. He also struck out one and walked two.

Gavin Johnson pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and gave up five runs (all earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.

For Harding, Jacob Stripling earned the win. He went three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Morgan pitches two-hit shutout

STUTTGART — Cole Morgan gave up just two hits and struck out six in a complete game shutout Wednesday night as Stuttgart defeated Dollarway 5-0.

Morgan also went 1 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs.

Stuttgart scored three runs in the first and two in the fourth.

Trevor Newkirk, Weston Wilks and Michael Smith had a hit each for the Ricebirds.

REGIONAL

Kelly injured as Brewers top Cardinals

MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs to push the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, to avoid being swept in the three-game set on Wednesday.

Aramis Ramirez had three hits and drove in a run, while Carlos Gomez and Lyle Overbay each had an RBI for the Brewers, who snapped a two-game skid. Wily Peralta (2-0) surrendered only one run on six hits with three strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings.

Allen Craig’s solo home run accounted for the St. Louis’ lone run. Yadier Molina and Jon Jay had two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who entered the game with four straight wins.

Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-1) exited the game in the fifth inning with a leg injury. He laid down a bunt and grabbed his hamstring after getting thrown out at first base to end the frame. He immediately called the team’s trainer and limped off the field.

The right-hander allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings before exiting the game. Seth Maness took the mound in relief of the injured starter.

“I definitely tweaked it. I called the trainer over to let him know and I came out of the game,” said Kelly, who will not travel with the team but head back to St. Louis for an MRI on Thursday.

Former Titan Johnson joins Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Chris Johnson officially now has a new home, with the former 2,000-yard rusher agreeing to terms with the New York Jets Wednesday on a reported two-year contract.

According to NFL.com, Johnson’s deal carries a base value of $8 million and includes $1 million in incentives.

Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans earlier this month in a move triggered by both financial and production reasons. The three-time Pro Bowl honoree was due to earn $8 million in 2014 and averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry this past season. He also underwent minor knee surgery in January.

For his career, the 2008 first-round pick has amassed 7,965 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground and added 2,003 yards and eight TD’s on 272 receptions.

With the Jets, the speedy Johnson is expected to serve as a complement to power back Chris Ivory, who rushed for a career-best 833 yards on 182 carries last season.

NATIONAL

Bucks sold for $550 million, new arena in works

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has sold the team to investors Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for approximately $550 million.

The sale still needs approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

In addition to the purchase agreement, Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team. The new owners will keep the franchise in Milwaukee and will also contribute at least an additional $100 million toward the arena project.

Lasry is the CEO and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group and Edens is the co- founder of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Both have headquarters in New York, but both are committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee.

Kohl purchased the Bucks in 1985 from Jim Fitzgerald for $18 million. The former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin had detailed sale discussions with a group led by Michael Jordan in 2003, but decided to keep the franchise.

The Bucks entered the last day of the regular season with the NBA’s worst record at 15-66.