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Faulkner Sports Roundup: UCA softball and baseball; Mayflower baseball; Hendrix lacrosse

Posted: March 20, 2014 - 6:23pm

The University of Central Arkansas softball team split a doubleheader Wednesday against Northern Colorado, losing the first game in giving up seven unearned runs, 9-1, and taking the second game, 12-7.

The Central Arkansas softball team returned to the field on Wednesday, hosting Northern Colorado for a doubleheader at Farris Field. UCA was its own worst enemy in the day’s first game, giving up nine runs, but just two earned to drop the game 9-1, before taking the second game of the day by a score of 12-7.

Central Arkansas (14-17) jumped to a 6-0 lead in the second game with a six-run second inning. Kayla Gomness started for UCA, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing six runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Ciara Clampitt threw 1.2 innings of relief, allowing a run on a pair of hits and two walks with one strikeout. Peyton Jenkins (1-1) earned the win for UCA, limiting Northern Colorado (8-24) to just a hit over the game’s final two frames while striking out one.

The Bears managed just three hits in the first game.

Central Arkansas returns to Southland Conference action this weekend, heading to Beaumont, Texas, to face Lamar.

UCA BASEBALL

PINE BLUFF — The University of Central Arkansas Bears got a three-run home run from junior Wesley Hoover to handle the UA-Pine Bluff Golden Lions for the second consecutive day, winning 13-1 on Wednesday night at Taylor Field.

The Bears (11-8) piled up 10 hits, including three from Hoover, to score a combined 31 runs against the Golden Lions in two games after Tuesday’s 18-12 victory.

UCA pitchers Brandon Schmidt and Jon Rand combined to hold the Golden Lions to just one hit through five innings, and just four hits for the game. Connor McClain of Conway pitched the eighth inning and Scott Zimmerle the ninth inning for UCA, allowing just one hit and no runs.

Justin Treece finished 3-for-3 for the Bears, who also took advantage of four UAPB errors. UAPB pitchers also hit four batters and walked nine. The Bears return to Southland Conference play this weekend, hosting Sam Houston State beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Bear Stadium.

MAYFLOWER BASEBALL

ARKADELPHIA — Defending 4A state champion Arkadelphia handed Mayflower its first baseball defeat in six games Wednesday, 7-1.

Mayflower pitcher Austin Grundy retired the first 12 batters he faced. Mayflower stranded five baserunners in the first four innings. The Badgers broke the game open by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth as they connected for six hits and sent 11 men to the plate.

Mayflower scored in the seventh on a double by Drew Duncan and a single by Tyler Godwin.

Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton said, “We played well for 4 innings and then didn’t do what we needed to in the 5th inning. They are a good team and we will get better from playing them.”

Grundy (1-1) took the loss for the Eagles. They were led at the plate by Godwin who went 2-for-4. Tyler Herrin, Justin Sewell, Garrett Taylor and Drew Duncan also had hits for the Eagles.

In JV action, the Eagles battled to a 2-2 tie with the Badgers. Jared Rippee was on the mound for the Eagles. Rippee, Ryan Koonce, Dakota Brown and Bryan Brown had hits for Mayflower.

HENDRIX MEN’S LACROSSE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team defeated Rhodes College, 6-3, in Southern Athletic Association action on Wednesday night.

The host Lynx (6-4, 0-1) outshot the Warriors (5-4, 1-0) 30-20 and 17-14 on goal and had a 28-22 ground ball advantage. Rhodes also won seven of the 12 faceoffs and won the turnover battle 18-27.

Hendrix freshman goalie Christian Wheeler stopped a season-high 14 shots to lead the Warrior defense. Meanwhile, freshman attacker Carson Boone scored five times to anchor the offense.

Along with Boone, freshman midfielder Alex Ortenstone had a goal and an assist.

Hendrix will return to Conway to host Millsaps College on Saturday.

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