Digest for 03-05-14


LOCAL

UAPB-SEMO baseball games canceled

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball team will not play a midweek series with Southeast Missouri State.

A doubleheader had been scheduled for Wednesday in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

UAPB’s next games are scheduled for this weekend in Baton Rouge, La., against Southern. A Saturday doubleheader is slated to begin at noon with a single game Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Lady Lions softball drops two against Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team hung with the Ole Miss Rebels during game one Tuesday but got routed in the second game of the teams’ doubleheader.

Ole Miss came back to win the first game, 5-2, before blowing out UAPB, 17-0, in the second game.

The Lady Lions held a 2-1 lead in the opener thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The first run came across when Jasmine Hardwick reached on an error. The second came in on Kendra Linn’s groundout.

Ole Miss (14-7) tied it on a homer in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead with three runs in the sixth.

Madi Osias earned the complete-game win giving up two runs (no earned) on three hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.

Lacie Sutterfield also threw a complete game allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Rebels scored seven runs in the first, three in the second, and seven in the third inning of the win.

UAPB (1-12) had just two hits and lined into a triple play to end the game.

Emily Gaitan earned the win after going four innings and giving up one hit and two walks to go with three strikeouts.

Rolanda Murry was saddled win the loss allowing 16 runs (all earned) on 10 hits with eight walks and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of work.

STATE

UALR women push back Georgia State game

LITTLE ROCK — The Sun Belt women’s matchup between Arkansas-Little Rock and Georgia State will be played, just a day later than scheduled due to poor road conditions.

A release from the UALR athletics department stated the game will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jack Stephens Center.

“Due to icy road conditions on Interstate 40 outside of Memphis, the Georgia State women’s basketball team is unable to make the drive to Little Rock in time for tonight’s matchup with UALR, ” the release stated.

ASU baseball reschedules game with Missouri State

JONESBORO — For the second straight day, the baseball teams from Arkansas State and Missouri State will not take the field.

Originally, the Red Wolves and Bears were slated to play a two-game series in Springfield, Mo., but poor road conditions and unplayable field conditions forced the Tuesday game of the series to be canceled. After reviewing the situation on Tuesday, the decision was made to reschedule the second game of the series for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Hammons Field on the campus of Missouri State.

Arkansas State returns to the diamond for a three-game home series against Creighton this weekend, which will serve as the squad’s final non-conference weekend slate before turning its attention to Sun Belt Conference play.

NATIONAL

Santana joins Orioles on minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles made it official on Tuesday and signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Santana last pitched in the majors with the New York Mets in August 2012 and spent the 2013 season recovering from shoulder surgery performed in April. He needed to have a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder repaired for the second time after experiencing weakness during spring training last March.

The veteran lefty, who turns 35 later this month, first sat out the entire 2011 season after a similar injury in September 2010. He returned for the start of the 2012 campaign and made 21 starts for the Mets, posting a record of 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA.

Following his shoulder problems from last year, the Mets decided not to pick up his contract option for 2014.

Since arriving in the majors during the 2000 season with Minnesota, the native of Venezuela has compiled a 139-78 record and 3.20 ERA in 360 appearances (284 starts). He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2004 and ‘06 for the Twins, while finishing third in NL voting two years later in his first season for New York.