MAGNOLIA, Texas — Central Arkansas sophomore Sarah Brown took medalist honors after posting a three-round total of 3-over par 219 (74-76-69) at the Southland Conference women’s golf tournament.
Brown, who shot the lowest round of the tournament with a 3-under par 69, came from five shots back in the final round to edge Oral Robert’s Lee by one stroke. Brown is the second Bear to win the conference’s individual title, joining Rebecca Sorensen (2010). Brown was the only golfer to break par in the final round, helping pace the Bears to a third-place finish.
Lamar led from the opening day and held off a late charge from Oral Roberts to win the championship by six strokes at the High Meadow Golf Course.
Lamar had one player shoot 1-over par 71 and three more shoot a 4-over par 76 in the final round to help the Lady Cardinals win their second consecutive and fifth overall conference title.
Lamar won the Southland Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA regionals, which will be held May 8-10 at one of three pre-determined sites.
Lamar, which carded a three-day total of 904, placed all five golfers in the top 15, led by freshman Kelly Erasmus, who finished fifth overall with a 9-over par (76-73-76–225).
Central Arkansas finished third (920), followed by Sam Houston State (928) and Stephen F. Austin (930), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (940), Houston Baptist (941), McNeese State (946) and New Orleans (969).
UIW, which is not eligible to earn the league’s automatic bid during its transition period from Division II to Division I, is participating unattached.
As a team, the Cardinals finished with a 962.
CBC VS. HENDRIX BASEBALL
The Central Baptist College baseball team used a two-run double by Conway’s Cody Rhoades to build a cushion and hold off Hendrix for a 6-5 baseball victory Wednesday at Warrior Field.
Rhoades’ two-RBI double came in the top of the sixth and gave the Mustangs (29-14) a 4-2 lead. Two hits and two errors led to two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Thomas Weber led off the bottom of the eighth for Hendrix (20-15) with a double and scored on Brady Newville’s single to make the game 6-3. With one out in the ninth, Collin Radack was hit by a pitch and was knocked in with a double from Jacob Perschke. Hogan lined out to first for the second out, then Ryan Ritz singled in Perschke down the right field line to cut the deficit to one run. Mustang reliever Ezra Wiley induced Weber to fly out to center to end the game.
The Mustangs scored two in the first when Josh Buczek led off with a base hit and moved to third on a single by Ryan Johnson. Brady Brashier followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs.
After a popup and a strikeout by freshman starter Billy Lovvorn, Buczek scored on a wild pitch. Then, Brandon Papera drove in Johnson with a single to the right side.
Hendrix tied it up with two outs in the fifth when Perschke was hit by a pitch and scored on a double from Wyatt Hogan.
Ritz singled to the left and Brashier who bobbled it, allowing Hogan to cross the plate for the tying run.
Ritz led the Warriors at the plate with three hits. Perschke, Hogan, Weber and Spencer Summers each recorded doubles.
Brashier and Myles Hiebert each had a single and a double.
CBC reliever Gunner Allen (3-1) earned the win, throwing 5.1 innings and giving up seven hits, three earned runs with a walk and a strikeout.
Wiley allowed two hits and a run, but got the final two outs for his fourth save of the year. Lovvorn gave up seven hits, two runs, a walk and struck out two in five innings.
Freshman left-hander Colten Poellinger (1-2) allowed three hits, two earned runs, a walk and struck out one over 1.2 innings in the loss. Junior Nick Land struck out two in 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
MAYFLOWER — The Mayflower Eagles (16-2 4-0) remained unbeaten in conference play with a 19-0 mercy-rule win over the eStem Mets at home on Wednesday night.
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the first inning on four walks and hits by Michael Post, Trey Bradley and Justin Sewell.
Mayflower pushed the lead to 12-0 in the second with hits from Jordan Burns, Bradley and Tyler Godwin.
Eagle pitcher Christian Moore retired the next six Met batters on strikeouts and the Eagles added three more in the third on RBIs from Bradley and Godwin to make the lead 15-0.
Mayflower scored four in the fourth on doubles by Drew Duncan and Tyler Herrin along with RBIs from Austin Grundy and Garrett Taylor.
Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton said, “Our kids stayed focused tonight and played well. Sometimes it’s easy to lose your intensity in a game like this but these kids come ready to work everyday.”
Moore recorded the win for the Eagles, striking out 10 and allowing only one hit in five innings. Bradley went three for four with five RBIs and Herrin and Sewell had two hits and three RBIs each.
The Hendrix College softball defeated Lyon College 4-2 in its final non-conference tilt of the season at Warrior Field on Wednesday night.
The Warriors are 15-16 while Lyon fell to 15-21.
DJ Sandidge went 2 for 2 with the home run and a sacrifice bunt to lead the Warriors.
Kayla Patton hit a home run. Mount Vernon-Enola’s Katherine Bartley scored a run for the Scots.
Warrior freshman Hope Resor (4-5) picked up the complete game win, allowing seven hits, two runs and a walk with three strikeouts.
Hendrix will play its final regular season series of the season when it hosts Southern Athletic Association rival Rhodes College beginning with a doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Friday.