SE Louisiana sweeps UAPB
HAMMOND, La. — Southeastern Louisiana senior pitcher Rachael Hellyer tossed the fifth no-hitter in school history as the Southeastern swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a doubleheader Wednesday night at North Oak Park.
Hellyer, a native of Folsom, Calif., needed just 52 pitches to no-hit UAPB (3-19) in the nightcap, as Southeastern rolled to a 12-0 mercy rule victory. Hellyer, who earned her first win of the season, is the first Lady Lion to toss a no-hitter since Jessie Brown no-hit UAPB in 2011.
Southeastern (9-8) opened the day with an 11-3 win. Junior Megan Moore drove in a team-high four runs in the victory, while sophomore Amber Sather and freshman Brittney Tschoepe had two hits and scored two runs apiece.
Junior Tori Stamper won her fourth straight decision, striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings.
In the first game, UAPB scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Rolanda Murry was tagged with the loss after giving up 11 runs (nine runs) on seven hits in five innings pitched. She also struck out three and walked 12.
In the second game, Alexsis McCain took the loss. She allowed 12 runs (eight earned) on eight hits with eight walks and one strikeout.
UAPB will travel to Longview, Texas for the SWAC Round-Up which begins with Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
UAM softball sweeps Delta State
MONTICELLO – The Arkansas-Monticello softball team wrapped up a 10-game homestand by recording a doubleheader sweep over Delta State on Wednesday, winning the first game 3-2 before posting a 5-4 11-inning victory in game two.
Senior Beth Johnson’s solo home run to right-center in the bottom of the third inning of the first game held on to be the gamewinner before fellow senior Brittany Eitel ended the second game with a solo shot to left-center on the first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning.
In the first game, UAM (18-11) answered Delta State’s two runs in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run, two-out single from senior Hannah Pendley.
In the second half of the twin bill, the Lady Statesmen (13-16) put four on the board in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a three-run shot to right from Kaitlin Moore.
UAM cut the deficit to just one run with three runs in the fifth. Sophomore Kali Piha forced a 4-all tie in the fifth on a solo home run to left center.
Senior Courtney Wilson (10-4) earned the win in the first game after allowing two unearned runs off seven hits with a pair of strikeouts and one walk in her complete-game effort. Junior Katie Slaughter (9-5) tossed all 11 innings in the second game, giving up four runs off 11 hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Randolph and Gasol power Grizzlies past Jazz
MEMPHIS — Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 96-86 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Gasol went for 20 and 10 for the Grizzlies, who have won six of their last seven games and hold the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
Memphis, which has won eight in a row at home and six of seven against the Jazz, got 18 points from Mike Conley.
Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke and Alec Burks each scored 16 for the Jazz, who have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 12.
Cowboys add DT Melton
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys reached an agreement with unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton on Wednesday.
Melton, a fourth round draft choice of Chicago in 2009, has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Bears. After an ankle injury derailed his rookie season, Melton played in a reserve role in 2010 before becoming a full-time starter in 2011.
A former University of Texas running back who transitioned to the defensive side of the ball midway through his college career, Melton has accumulated 66 tackles, 15.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 48 NFL games.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2012, but appeared in just three games last season after tearing his ACL in the fourth quarter of a Week 3 tilt against Pittsburgh.
Leafs’ player leaves game on stretcher
TORONTO — Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger left Wednesday’s 5-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning after taking a hard hit late in the first period.
Ranger was rammed head-first into the end boards by Bolts forward Alex Killorn with three seconds remaining in the opening frame. He did not move while face- down on the ice, and was loaded onto an immobilizing device before taken out of the arena on a stretcher.
Killorn was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct, and may be facing supplemental discipline from the NHL for his effort.
The Leafs said Ranger was taken to a local hospital for precautionary assessment, and that he was stable, conscious and alert.