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Sports roundup: Mayflower clinches share of league title

Also UCA baseball, softball; Hendrix baseball

Posted: April 23, 2014 - 6:55pm

Mayflower (19-2, 6-0) clinched a share of the 3A-5 title with a 14-1 mercy-rule win over the Glen Rose Beavers on Tuesday night at Glen Rose.

After the Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the first, Jordan Burns faced only two batters above the minimum the next five innings, while striking out four in the four-hitter.

The Eagles sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run third with RBIs by Burns, Drew Duncan and Trey Bradley.

Mayflower added four more in the fourth, again sending nine batters to the plate and scoring on a wild pitch, an RBI single from Bradley and a two-run triple from Duncan. The Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored six runs on hits and RBIs from Michael Post, Burns, Duncan, Bradley, Ryan Koonce and Justin Sewell.

Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton said, “This is a big rivalry game. You never know what is going to happen. We got down early and started slowly but took care of business down the stretch. Our defense is really playing well, and we are continuing to hit the baseball and score a lot of runs. I was proud of how our kids battled tonight.”

The Eagles were led at the plate by Duncan and Koonce with three hits each and two hits from Bradley. In JV action, the Eagles won 5-0. Jarred Rippee recorded the win. The Eagles were led at the plate by Bryan Brown and Corey Herrin.

UCA BASEBALL

In an intrastate matchup Tuesday night, the University of Central Arkansas rallied for a 4-3 victory over Arkansas State, bringing the Bears’ mark to 4-1 this season against Arkansas competition.

Brandon Montalvo hit a sharp walk-off single to right-field with one out in the ninth inning to score Scott Zimmerle with the game-winning run against the Red Wolves at Bear Stadium.

The Bears (22-15) won their fifth-straight game by overcoming a 3-0 deficit, scoring the final four runs of the game. Zimmerle led off the ninth inning with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on Justin Treece’s sacrifice bunt. After pinch hitter Matt Anderson walked, Montalvo got his second hit of the night with the walk-off drive to right.

UCA evened the season series with ASU at 1-1 and broke the Red Wolves’ six-game winning streak, despite striking out a season-high 15 times.

Bears’ junior right hander Josh Markel, in his first start and longest outing of the season, went seven innings, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out five and walking one. Senior Jon Rand relieved in the seventh and struck out ASU’s leading hitter Matt Burgess. Redshirt freshman Bo Stitch (2-0) then entered and went the rest of the way, throwing 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball, striking out three.

Doug Votolato finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Treece and Montalvo both had two hits and an RBI for UCA.

UCA SOFTBALL

At Norman, Okla., the 12th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, defending NCAA champions, romped past the University of Central Arkansas, 12-0, in softball Tuesday night.

The Sooners (35-10) broke the game open in the third with six runs, highlighted by a grand slam by Shelby Pendley.

Kylee Studioso took the loss for the Bears (20-30).

Sarah Bigej got two of UCA’s three hits.

UCA begins a three-game series against Incarnate Word on Friday night.

HENDRIX BASEBALL

At Warrior Field, Arkansas Tech, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division-II, swept a doubleheader with Hendrix of NCAA Division-III.

The Wonder Boys (38-8) won the first game, 2-1, and the second, 4-2, extending their winning streak to 19 games. The Warriors fell to 22-18.

Jacob Perschke had a home run for the Warriors in the first game.

Arkansas Tech scored all four of its runs in the second game in the sixth when it scored on two of its three hits, an error, two walks and two wild pitches.

Collin Raddack was 3-for-4 with a double and Perschke was 2-for-4 with a stolen base as the Warriors outhit the Wonder Boys, 7-3.

Hendrix will open the Southern Athletic Association Tournament with Millsaps College in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday.

(Sports Information Departments at UCA and Hendrix contributed to this report)

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