The Sideline: Bears lose softball openers; Hendrix-Harding women's tennis; UCA men's soccer recruits

UCA softball opens with 2 losses

BATON ROUGE, La. — The University of Central Arkansas softball team opened its season Friday with losses to Murray State and Oklahoma State in the Tiger Classic.

Murray State scored six runs in the first three innings on the way to an 8-4 victory. Jessie Taylor had two hits and three RBIs for the Bears. Taylor Dear had two hits.

Oklahoma State defeats Bears, 3-0.

UCA continues the tournament Saturday with games against Minnnesota and SIU-Edwardsville.

Harding romps past HC women

The Hendrix College women’s tennis team opened the spring season with a 9-0 loss to NCAA Division II foe Harding University at home on Thursday night.

The Lady Bisons (2-1) swept through doubles. Ali Rowden of Greenbrier and Katie Huff teamed to win one match for the Lady Bisons.

In No. 12 singles, Rowden defeated freshman Pratheepa Ravikumar 6-0, 6-2.

UCA men add soccer signees

Central Arkansas men’s soccer coach Ross Duncan added five midfielders, a keeper, a forward and a defender in his newest recruiting class.

The group includes players from Utah, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi.

“While we’ve got an excellent group in-house right now, one that is ready to go out and win games, these incoming players will help add to the mix right away,” Duncan said. “The No. 1 quality we look for in our recruits is character, and I believe we’ve nailed it with this group. We have also addressed some positional needs, added depth at some positions and added overall quality to an already strong group.

“The new guys have six months to try and catch up to what the current players are doing and be ready for preseason. It’s going to be a difficult task though, as I’ve never seen a group work as hard as our guys are right now.”

Details of the signing class can be found online at


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