The University of Central Arkansas softball team staged a dramatic rally in its last at-bat in the first game, then rode the five-hit pitching performance of Kylee Studioso to a doubleheader sweep of Stephen F. Austin, which entered the game as the Southland Conference leader.
The Bears trailed 6-4 in the seventh inning of the first game but loaded the bases. Jesse Taylor drove in Sam Forrest and Sarah Bigej for her fourth RBI of the day. Taylor Dear fouled off 12 pitches, then dribbled a single to plate the winning run in the 7-6 victory at Farris Field.
Kelsie Barker (2-0) was the winning pitcher in relief.
In the second game, the Bears (13-16, 4-1) took a 7-3 win over the Ladyjacks (12-14, 3-2).
Dear and Brianna Whisenhunt were each 2 for 3 in the second game. Jesse Taylor had a home run. Studioso upped her record to 7-4.
Final game of the series is at noon Sunday.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A costly fifth-inning error by the University of Central Arkansas Bears led the Texas-A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders a 6-3 victory on Friday night in the Southland Conference opener for both teams at Chapman Field.
The Bears took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when sophomore right fielder Tyler Langley led off the game with a triple to left center and scored on Doug Votolato’s single up the middle. Votolato, who finished 3 for 5, stole second and Nate Ferrell followed with a base hit to move him to third. Wesley Hoover then singled and advanced on an error, bringing in Votolato for a 2-0 advantage.
UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff tossed three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth, allowing four hits and three runs. The Bears tied it back at 3-3 on Chris Townsend’s bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning.
But the Islanders pushed across three runs, all with two outs, on an error by Langley in right field. The Bears struck out twice in the ninth inning to finish with 10 for the game.
Saturday, the Bears’ Connor Gilmore evened the series with complete-game victory as UCA won 4-2.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Hendrix College senior Elizabeth Krug broke her school record in the pentathlon with 3,431 points as she finished ninth at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships on Friday.
Krug, from Heber Springs, finished fifth place in the event last year, but was once place away from earning her fifth All-American award.
She started off the day by tying her own record in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.34 seconds, finishing 11th. Krug then tied for 11th in the high jump by clearing 1.54 meters (5 ft.-0.5 in.).
She moved into seventh in the overall standings after a seventh-best shot put of 11.65 meters (38 ft-2.75 in.). Krug remained in seventh after the long jump, leaping 5.02 meters (16 ft.-5.7t in.) and placing 11th.
Krug had the 11th fastest 800-meter time at 2:27.70 and dropped to ninth place after the final race.
Freshman Victoria Amadi became an All-American in the triple jump.
Amadi, of Denton, Texas, placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.59 meters (38 ft.-0.25 in.), breaking her own school record.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — No. 21 Birmingham-Southern swept a series with the Hendrix baseball team (8-10) with a doubleheader sweep Saturday.
The Panthers, who won two games in the series in extra innings, won the first game, 6-3, then claimed a 6-5 victory in eight inningd in the nightcap.
Friday night, Birmingham-Southern edged the Warriors, 4-3, in 10 innings.
Collin Radack led the top of the sixth off with an infield single and broke the Hendrix career hits record with 208.
The Hendrix softball team (7-7, 5-2) swept a tripleheader Saturday from Centre College, winning the first game, 4-0, the second, 5-4 in 10 innings, and the third game, 11-9
In game one, sophomore pitcher Kayla Patton threw a six-hit, one-walk complete game shutout with one strikeout. in the bottom of the eighth with three runs on two hits and an error. With one out, Michaela Larabee reached on an error and scored on a Shelby Anderson double up the middle. After a walk and an infield grounder, Morgan Fires followed with a base hit up the middle, plating Patton for the winning run. Game three had both teams record 14 hits and combine for seven errors - four for Centre and three for Hendrix. The Warriors built a 9-1 lead after three innings and the Colonels played catch up the rest of the way. Catelyn Gibbs went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to lead Hendrix. Hendrix and Centre will conclude the series with a single game Sunday at 11 a.m.
York College took a doubleheader from the Central Baptist College baseball team on Friday, 8-4 and 2-1.
Jesse Hughes had two hits and two RBI in the first game.
In the second game, Russ Westbrook pitched nine innings and struck out eight. Hughest and Brady Brasher had hits for the Mustangs.
The teams split a doubleheader Saturday.
York took a 12-3 victory in the first game. Santex Richardson had three hits for the Mustangs.
Zach Sparks tossed a three-hitter as CBC won the nightcap, 7-3. Basher and Samuel Buczek had two hits each for the Mustangs.
LAREDO, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas Bears finished eighth on Saturday at the 17-team Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club.
Junior Pep Angles was UCA’s top finisher, shooting 73-75-73-221 for a tie for 25th place. Sophomore James Newton (70-78-78-226) and sophomore Wes Harris (78-75-73-226) tied for 46th, while freshman James Steven tied for 70th (76-70-84-230). Sophomore Jacob Oaks (76-83-79-238) tied for 82nd.
Houston won the tournament with an 858 total, followed by Oklahoma (859), Baylor (863), Louisiana-Monroe (879), UTSA (883), Gonzaga (888), Lamar (889), UCA (896), Northern Colorado (897), McNeese State and Air Force (898), Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin (901), Texas State (907), Houston Baptist (920), UT Arlington (928) and Texas-Pan American (948)
Despite several close matches, the Hendrix College women’s tennis team lost 8-1 to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at the Hendrix Tennis Courts on Friday night.
The Warriors (3-5) only point came in No. 1 singles, where freshman Pratheepa Ravikumar came from behind to win in a tiebreaker over Chaley Shiffler 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
The men also lost, 8-1. The Warriors (1-6) won their only point in No. 1 doubles, when junior tandem Bob Berardi and Robert Sheets defeated Collin Davies and Scott Wilding 8-3.