Digest for 04-05-14


LOCAL

UAPB softball drops contest at Southern

BATON ROUGE, La. — A five-run fourth inning helped the Southern softball team to a home win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Jaguars took a 3-2 lead into the frame and held on late for the 9-6 win in the Southwestern Athletic Conference game at Lady Jaguars Stadium.

Kendra Linn and Jasmine Hardwrick both went 2 for 4 with a run scored for UAPB (6-26, 2-4 SWAC). Linn also drove in a pair of runs.

Carla Arismendi paced Southern (4-30, 4-5) going 1 for 2 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs. Sydney Wesley, Harley Roller and Amanda Pacheco all finished with two hits for the Lady Jaguars.

Lacie Sutterfield (5-13) took the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits with six hits in the first four innings. Kayleigh Thomas (2-15) picked up the win despite throwing just 2 2/3 innings. She allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits.

Hunter homers as Tigers roll past Orioles

DETROIT — After two hitless games, Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 3 for 4, including a solo home run in Detroit’s third straight win to open the season.

Hunter, who finished the day with two runs scored, took Miguel Gonzalez deep in the fourth inning as the Tigers rolled to a 10-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Miguel Cabrera put the finishing touches on his four-hit game with his 2,000th career hit — a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Cabrera’s sublime efforts highlighted a 17-hit outburst by the Tigers, who won their first two games of the season in walkoff fashion and had their third postponed due to rain.

A delay cut short Anibal Sanchez’s outing as Drew Smyly (1-0) took over in the fifth and tossed three scoreless frames to earn the win.

Gonzalez (0-1) exited having surrendered seven runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

STATE

UALR announces four baseball suspensions

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas-Little Rock has announced four baseball players will serve four-game suspensions for their roles in the brawl during Wednesday’s road game against Central Arkansas.

The UALR release stated: “Under NCAA guidelines, four UALR baseball student-athletes will be suspended following their actions during Wednesday night’s game at UCA. Junior Drew McCurry, junior Kilgore Gailmard, junior Sam Vogel and senior Travis McDonald will all serve immediate four-game suspensions.”

On Thursday, KATV-7 in Little Rock reported three UCA players — Matt Anderson, Brandon Montalvo and Nate Ferrell — and assistant coach Trent Kline would be suspended. According to the report, Anderson is set to miss eight games, while Ferrell, Montalvo and Kline will miss four.

REGIONAL

Titans release Johnson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have released running back Chris Johnson.

The Titans made the decision after an unsuccessful effort to trade the six- year veteran.

Johnson ran for 1,077 yards with six touchdowns and added 42 receptions for 345 yards with four scores in 16 games last season. His 3.9-yard rushing average, however, was the lowest figure of his six-year career.

He also underwent minor knee surgery in January.

The East Carolina product has run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six NFL seasons, including 2,006 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2009. He also has 2,003 career yards receiving with eight scores.

Johnson was the 24th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. He missed just one game in his six seasons with the franchise.

Alvarez hits two homers as Pirates pound Cards

PITTSBURGH — Pedro Alvarez stroked two solo home runs with three RBI to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday to open up a three-game series.

It was the first time the teams played since Adam Wainwright outdueled Gerrit Cole, 6-1, in Game 5 of the 2013 NLDS.

Cole (1-0), who toed the rubber for Pittsburgh on Friday, worked seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts to earn the win.

Shelby Miller (0-1) was on the bump for St. Louis, surrendering five runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

NATIONAL

Manning leaving Tulsa for Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Danny Manning has been named the new men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest.

Manning spent the past two seasons at Tulsa in his first head coaching position and guided the Golden Hurricane to a record of 38-29. He was Conference USA’s top coach this past season as Tulsa finished with a 21-13 mark and earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 after winning the C-USA Tournament. The Golden Hurricane’s season ended with a second-round NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA.

Manning is one of the greatest players in college basketball history, earning national player of the year honors while leading Kansas to the 1988 national championship. He was also the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and was the top overall NBA Draft pick in 1988, then went on to a 15-year pro career.

The Demon Deacons needed a replacement for Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned last month after four seasons. Wake Forest was just 51-76 under Bzdelik, including 17-16 this past season.