The University of Central Arkansas Bears have added another Southeastern Conference foe to their 2013 schedule.
The Bears will play at Vanderbilt in a single game on Feb. 20. UCA already had a three-game series at Mississippi State set for March 8-10 in Starkville, Miss.
The Bears’ 2013 schedule includes a game at Big 12 Oklahoma State on March 26, three games at Southern Miss (March 15-17) and games against in-state rivals Arkansas State (April 10, Jonesboro), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (March 12, Conway; March 19, Pine Bluff) and Arkansas-Little Rock (April 2, Conway; May 7, Little Rock).
“The SEC and the Big 12 are the top baseball conferences in the country,” said UCA head coach Allen Gum. “These schools have tremendous baseball players and tremendous athletes. Playing these guys allows us to compete at the highest level, it allows us to see what type of players we have to have for our program and the depth we need to compete at that level.
“But it also shows our players that we can play with anybody in the country when we play good, fundamental baseball.’
UCA beat Mississippi State 2-1 last season, and lost 2-1 at Ole Miss and 4-2 at perennial powerhouse Texas.
“It’s great to play in those kinds of atmospheres,’ said Gum. “It’s a lot of fun to play in the type of environments that the SEC and Big 12 provide.’
The Bears, who made their first trip to the Southland Conference Tournament last spring, open the season with a three-game series against Murray State on Feb. 15-17 at Bear Stadium. UCA plays 11 of its first 12 games of the season in Conway.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Senior Julia Roth tied for second overall and the University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team finished fifth at the Fed Ex Memphis Women’s Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
Roth shot rounds of 75-72-75 for a 222 at Ridgeway Country Club. Sophomore Malin Senneryd tied for 13th, shooting 77-78-77-232, while freshman Sarah Brown tied for 27th (80-80-79_-39). Junior Carly Dear shot 84-79-84-247 and tied for 49th, with freshman Jamie Jaruvangsanti tied for 53rd (82-81-87-250). Freshman Frida Svennson tied for 58th (85-85-83-253) playing as an individual.
Samford easily topped the field at 913, followed by Xavier (927), Memphis (932), Louisiana-Monroe (933), UCA (938), Redland Community College (940), Missouri State (944), Sam Houston State (951), Montana (958), Stephen F. Austin (968), UAB (975), Marshall (985), Drury (998) and Lewis (1,021).
The VIZIO BCS National Championship Game for 2014 has been moved to Monday, Jan. 6.
The game, to be played at the Rose Bowl Stadium, had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, January 7.
“Moving the game closer to the weekend makes it a little more fan-friendly in terms of travel,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS Group. “Plus, although the National Championship Game always enjoys blockbuster television ratings, moving it to Monday night may provide even more people a chance to watch the game.”
Hancock also noted that under the new playoff structure that begins in the 2014-2015 season, all championship games will take place on a Monday night. “This change also gives us a head start as we establish Monday night as championship game night under the college football playoff.
All BCS games will be available on ESPN and ESPN Radio.