UCA’s Brown ties for second at Islander Classic
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — University of Central Arkansas sophomore Sarah Brown shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic on Tuesday to tie for second place overall.
UCA finished seventh as a team in the 16-team tournament played at Corpus Christi Country Club.
Brown, from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, shot 74-74-72 for a four-over 220. Oklahoma City’s Elia Folch finished one stroke better than Brown, Lamar’s Wendy Chang and Sam Houston’s Alisa White to earn medalist honors.
UCA junior Kendra Mann tied for 13th (72-77-78_227, while junior Malin Senneryd (81-80-77_238).
Lamar won the tournament at 892, followed by Houston Baptist (908), Oral Roberts (915), Oklahoma City (917), North Texas (921) and Northern Illinois (922) rounded out the top five 15 teams.
Trojans Place Seventh at USA Women’s Invitational
MOBILE, Ala. — The UALR women’s golf team placed seventh of 15 teams at the USA Women’s Invitational at Azalea City Golf Club on Tuesday. The Trojans moved up one spot in the final day, led by junior Sofia Berglund, who finished in a tie for 15th at 13-over par 229.
UALR ended the event at 66-over 930, three shots ahead of ninth-place ULM. Memphis came from behind to earn first-place honors with a combined score of 41-over 905. Jacksonville State finished at 43-over 907, two shots off the pace to capture runner-up honors. Host South Alabama finished third at 45-over 909.
Berglund carded a 4-over 76 in Tuesday’s final round to finish the event at 13-over. Junior Sofie Kvarnstrom finished in a tie for 17th at 14-over 230.
Next up for the Trojans will be the Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz., on March 7-9.
Suns tie for eighth at invitational
AUSTIN, Texas — Taylor Kline shot a two-round score of 154 (+12, 77-77) to finish in eighth place, leading the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team to a tie for eighth place in the spring-opening St. Edward’s Invitational.
After an opening-round 77 (+6) on the opening day, junior Rebecka Surtevall carded a final-round 84 (+13) to finish at 161, tied for 25th place.
After the Golden Suns fired an opening-round 328, placing seventh, Tech gained a stroke on the final day, shooting 327. St. Mary’s made a final-day charge, shaving 11 points off their opening-round 333 to fire a second-round 322, earning the eighth-place tie with the Golden Suns, who finished 32 strokes off the pace set by overall champion and host St. Edward’s.
Arkansas Tech returns to action on March 10-11, competing at the UCO Kickingbird Classic hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma. The event will be played at the Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, Okla.
Lady Bisons move to No. 3
SEARCY — The Harding women’s basketball team jumped another spot to No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday. It’s the eighth straight week Harding has been ranked in the top 10 and the second straight week they have been ranked in the top five.
Harding is 25-1 on the season. The Lady Bisons defeated Southern Arkansas 67-39 on Thursday and then defeated Arkansas-Monticello 84-54 on Saturday.
Harding is the highest ranked team from the central region which is made up of the Great American Conference, the MIAA and the Northern Sun.
The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Thursday as they host Arkansas Tech on senior night at the Rhodes Field House.
Harding’s Rollins grab GAC pitcher honors
RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Amber Rollins captured the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week award for the fourth week of the 2014 season, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Rollins (Searcy) earned the program’s first GAC Pitcher of the Week honor after she went 2-0 with a pair of complete games against Southern Nazarene. She struck out a season high 11 in the Lady Bisons’ 4-2 win on Friday. She came back on Saturday and struck out three in a 5-3 win. She did not issue a walk over 14.0 innings of work.
Harding won three of the six doubles matches, including two over regionally-ranked players. Ali Rowden defeated Lina Parra, the No. 8 singles player in the Midwest Region, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Harding splits with Christian Brothers
MEMPHIS — The Harding softball team won the first game of the non-conference doubleheader at Christian Brothers 5-1 before falling 12-10 in the second game on Tuesday. The Lady Bisons move to 10-5 overall.
Harding manufactured runs in a variety ways to get win in the first game, and left 12 runners on base. It was the most runners left on by the Lady Bisons in a game this season.
Amber Rollins got the win for Harding (4-1). She pitched all seven innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts. Kylie Steagall got the loss for Christian Brothers (1-2), pitching three innings and gave up three runs.
In game two, Harding lost a 7-0 lead as Christian Brothers rallied back and took the lead 8-7 in the third.
Harding reclaimed the lead in the fourth, but The Lady Bucs tied it up in the bottom of the frame and grab the go-ahead run in the fifth.
Harding had 14 hits and Christian Brothers (2-8) had 12. The Lady Bisons also had four errors.
Kimmy Hendricks led Harding, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Brookelynn Moon and Mackenzie Jones both had two RBI.
Tiari-Jay Fernandez got the win for the Lady Bucs (1-0) and Danielle Hubbard got the loss for Harding (5-3).
The Lady Bisons will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Durant, Okla., to face Southeastern Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday.
Wonder Boys climb to 17th
RUSSELLVILLE — After a solid week on the field for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys baseball team, the Wonder Boys have climbed as high as 17th in this week’s Division II Top-25 polls.
Tech made the jump from 20th to 17th in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll, joining GAC foe Southern Arkansas (10th) as the only conference team ranked in the NCBWA poll. Tech also earned a No. 23 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top-30 poll, jumping from the No. 27 spot.
The Wonder Boys were 4-1 for the week, with a non-conference win over Henderson State, a sweep of Quincy, and a split with then-No. 7 St. Cloud State.
Tech continues its extended homestand with a three-game set against East Central this weekend.
Fields gives Reddies win over Harding
ARKADELPHIA — Lance Fields’ two-out bases loaded single in the 10th-inning lifted Henderson State to a 1-0 win over Harding in game one of a double-header, Tuesday at Clyde Berry Field.
Harding (9-5) rebounded to win the second game 6-1.
With two-outs, Fields laced a Tyler Stanford pitch down the left field line for the game winner.
Starting pitcher Dylan Howell pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits in a no decision.
Luke Tebbetts entered the game in the eighth-inning and went the final three innings and did not allow a hit to pick up the win. The freshman from Winnsboro, Texas improved to 3-0 on the year.
Harding’s James Anderson was 2-for-4 with two singles. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the season. Zac Stewart was 1-for-3 with a triple.
In game two, Harding totaled just five hits but took advantage of two Reddie errors.
The Reddies (4-11) on the year, managed just five hits with Hunter Mayall having two singles.
Henderson State will return to Great American Conference play this weekend when the Reddies travel to Monticello to take on Arkansas-Monticello on Friday.
Noah Chandler was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Bisons, and Alan Copeland was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.